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Robert Jay Lifton

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780807843444

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882894_lifton

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Atomic Bomb Leaders

Atomic Bomb Leaders

(p.209) Six Atomic Bomb Leaders
Death in Life

Robert Jay Lifton

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the few people in Hiroshima who could seize upon their hibakusha identity and put it to public use. They became the kind of leaders who emerge from any disaster, or general historical crisis, to help ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances. While it would be difficult to say that any of them belongs to the select category of the “great man,” each has aspired to exert upon his contemporaries the kind of influence characteristic of the great man: to combine personality and idea in a way that made contact with what Freud called the “wishes” of the rank and file, either by reviving “an old group of wishes” or providing “a new aim for their wishes.”

Keywords:   Hiroshima, hibakusha identity, personality, great man, Freud

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