False Comparison


 The article “The Days After” (Aug. 19) about the photo exhibit on Hiroshima compares the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Holocaust. This is a false comparison.

The bombings prevented the invasion of Japan, which due to the population density of Japan and the zeal of the Japanese defenders, would have resulted in many times the number of civilian casualties and destruction than that of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

In addition, the number of military casualties would have been astronomical.

 Yale Marienhoff 
Hallowell, Me.