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'Nagasaki' to offer banned WWII articles

Dec. 17, 2006 at 8:07 PM

CHICAGO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Articles written by former Chicago Daily News reporter George Weller, suppressed after World War II, are set to be revealed in a new book.

"First Into Nagasaki" is scheduled to be released Dec. 26, and will feature the articles Weller wrote after sneaking into the Japanese city of Nagasaki four weeks after the United States dropped an atomic bomb, the Chicago Sun-Times said.

The articles, being published by Weller's son Anthony, were censored by the U.S. military; U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur had placed Japan off-limits to the media, the Times said.

In the "Nagasaki" articles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details the horrible conditions of area prison camps and the radiation sickness allied troops contracted in the area.

The newspaper said that "Nagasaki" also offers personal insights into the tragic events surrounding Aug. 9, 1945, through interviews Weller conducted with allied soldiers he met in the Japanese city.

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