What I’m saying is: while we have very good reason to question the number of Hiroshima / Nagasaki bombing victims and the various bomb accounts, I believe there were real victims of a real bombing and I want to be careful not to overstate victim fakery.
Yes, I became aware of Thurlow via this thread.
I have found a few other bits and pieces:
Similar to the accounts in my previous post, she says that the bomb blast had this effect on her:
https://www.thestar.com/news/2007/06/19 ... _view.html
"I felt I was swimming or floating in the air. I guess my body was thrown."
Similarly she says that her
https://nationalpost.com/news/this-is-w ... ears-later
"body started floating through the air"
And apart from the eyeball and gut afflictions, according to her, bomb victims' "hair was standing on end"
Besides her questionable claims, her high renown and high level of media attention are reasons enough for suspicion. She appears to be one of the most high profile anti-nuke campaigners out there and as noted was rewarded with a UN prize and all.
About her husband.
The second source above describes James Thurlow very modestly as “a high school history teacher in Toronto”
He was more than that.
https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries/th ... =150611603
So he was also a big anti-nuke campaigner, a globetrotter and a people mobiliser. I note that he was teaching history in a recently defeated Japan in what was an important period for establishing / standardising the recent historical record. And though it might have been innocent and all, not too many ordinary westerners visited the USSR, less still on multiple occasions. Sounds a little spooky to me.In 1952 Jim responded to the call of the United Church of Canada to teach in Japan at Kwansei Gakuin, a United Church related school. He spent eight happy years teaching English at the high school and history at the university.
In 1962 Jim returned to Toronto with his family where he had an opportunity to teach at Don Mills Collegiate Institute, and thoroughly enjoyed his teaching career as the Head of the History department until his retirement in 1991. He challenged students to think critically, both in the classroom and during many study tours to the USSR during the Cold War, as well as to other European, Asian and African countries. Deeply concerned about Canada's silence over the intensifying nuclear arms race, he became instrumental in mobilizing concerned colleagues in the mid-1970s to organize a disarmament education group, Hiroshima - Nagasaki Relived, with the support of the mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Toronto. He established the James and Setsuko Thurlow Scholarship in Peace and Disarmament Studies at the University of British Columbia. (…)Indeed he was a man of global vision and local action.
Finally, Setsuko Thurlow is distantly related by marriage to current Japanese PM Kishida, whose family includes many politicians - according to Kishida's Japanese wakipedia page.
Goggle translation: Setsuko Thurlow (Anti-nuclear activist, sister-in-law of Hitomi Kishida, 8th degree)サーロー節子（反核運動家、従叔祖父・岸田人見の義妹、8親等）
Star Trek’s George Takei is a more distant Kishida connection.
George Takei (actor, nephew-in-law of Hitomi Kishida, ninth degree)ジョージ・タケイ（俳優、従叔祖父・岸田人見の義甥、9親等）
I don’t know how close this makes Thurlow and Takei