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A temple close to Kim Lien village where Ho was born, was dedicated to one of the generals of Le Loi, the warrior-king who waged a successful guerrilla struggle against 15th century Chinese invaders.
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And just as there was something of every Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh so there is something of Ho Chi Minh in almost every present-day Vietnamese, so strong is his imprint on the Vietnamese nation.
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As in all his subsequent dealings with France, Ho Chi Minh's demands were a model of modesty.
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But the real anger was generated when the US military tried to cover up the effects of atomic radiation on civilians - and tried to shut me up.
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Could anything justify the extermination of civilians on such a scale?
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France turned a deaf ear to the demands, but Ho had succeeded in attracting great publicity in progressive French circles to the situation in Indochina.
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Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence.
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Hiroshima had a profound effect upon me.
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Hiroshima has one intact building - the Bank of Japan. This in a city which at the start of the war had a population of 310,000.
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Ho Chi Minh's habits chinged little, even after victory, when he was installed in the former French governor-general's palace in Hanoi as President of the Republic.
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Ho joined the French socialist party, the first Vietnamese to be a member of a French political party.
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Ho, or Nguyen Ai Quoc, thus became the first Vietnamese communist and a founding member of the French Communist party, born out of the split.
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Hundreds and hundreds of the dead were so badly burned in the terrific heat generated by the bomb that it was not even possible to tell whether they were men or women, old or young.
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In 1945 I was too overwhelmed by the enormity of what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki to appreciate the cool deliberation and advance planning that went into manufacturing the subsequent cover-up.
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In this first testing ground of the atomic bomb I have seen the most terrible and frightening desolation in four years of war. It makes a blitzed Pacific island seem like an Eden. The damage is far greater than photographs can show.
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It is no accident that captured resistance fighters are almost invariably portrayed semi-nude, up to their middles in mud or roped together neck4o-neck, being marched off by grinning G.I. supermen.
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It was necessary to bluff the Japanese camp commanders, with whatever authority I could muster, that I had come officially to ensure that the surrender terms were being complied with and that living conditions for the POWs were being immediately improved.
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My anger with the US was not at first, that they had used that weapon - although that anger came later.
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My emotional and intellectual response to Hiroshima was that the question of the social responsibility of a journalist was posed with greater urgency than ever.
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No one stopped to look at me. Everyone hurried, intent on whatever it was that brought them into this city of death.
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Of thousands of others, nearer the centre of the explosion, there was no trace. They vanished. The theory in Hiroshima is that the atomic heat was so great that they burned instantly to ashes - except that there were no ashes.
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Once I got to Hiroshima, my feeling was that for the first time a weapon of mass destruction of civilians had been used.
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Reality is that the humblest Vietnamese peasant, even illiterate, is usually culturally and morally superior to his American adversary.
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The police chief of Hiroshima welcomed me eagerly as the first Allied correspondent to reach the city.
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To support this theory, the scientists point to the fact that, in Nagasaki, death came swiftly and suddenly, and that there have been no after-effects such as those that Hiroshima is still suffering.
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Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity.
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When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man-made devastation.
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