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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Hirohito's Speech of Surrender


  1. The capitulation is a big deal in Holland because of Indonesia. It's nearly unbelievable this man could keep his post for so long after the war.

  2. Rob, I remember seeing an exhibit in Amsterdam about the Japanese occupation of Indonesia and the aftermath. From what I've been reading lately, the Japanese surrendered to the U.S. primarily because the American government would let them keep the emperor. The atom bombs were no doubt a consideration, but the military authorities apparently were oblivious to civilian deaths and suffering.The Soviets probably would have deposed the emperor. Unfortunately, a lot of these sketchy deals were made after World War II in the interest of opposing the Russians.