Monday, December 14, 2015
Nagasaki, 'Silent Night'
I learned about the "Silent Night" when probing the footage shot in Nagasaki and Hiroshima by the U.S. military--and then suppressed by the U.S. for decades. This forms the basis of my book Atomic Cover-up. You can see some of the footage they shot in the brief video that I created but not the "Silent Night" section. Perhaps I can upload it off VHS some way. In a moving tracking shot that goes down the center aisle, it shows the congregants--women with heads covered by a white, filmy veil--singing with battered walls behind them (you don't see the absence of a ceiling above).
It's the only part of the tens of thousands of feet of film that includes sound. Hence we know they are singing "Silent Night." And many no doubt thinking of their missing children, destroyed one day in a matter of seconds.
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch