Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Letter Expresses Remorse for Horrors of Bombings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Letter Expresses Remorse for Horrors of Bombings

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"Be not unhappy. It's just rain."

So said Hedy Epstein to about 150 men, women and children huddled against a thunderstorm Sunday night, reminding them that the rainfall was far from the horror that rained down on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 50 years ago.

Epstein is the co-chairwoman of the St. Louis branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was among the speakers at the event, a ceremony to deliver a letter of apology for the dropping of the atomic bombs and to pledge a continuing effort to promote peace and bring an end to "nuclearization and weaponization of space."

The letter, signed by hundreds of St. Louisans, was delivered to Miko Nouguchi, a Japanese journlist living in St. Louis, who accepted it on behalf of her countrymen.

Epstein, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, said she vividly recalled May 8, 1945, the end of the European war.

"Even more vividly," she said, "I recall the horror that overwhelmed me when I learned of the effects of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Aug. …

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