War stories: remembering women conflict reporters

Jeannine Baker

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Just six weeks after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki triggered the end of World War II, Australian newspaper reporter Lorraine Stumm was in a small party of journalists taken by airplane over the destroyed Japanese cities. Like other Western journalists in Japan, Stumm had written of her pleasure at seeing signs of the Allies' supremacy and of Japanese weakness and inferiority, and she was keen to witness the processes of war. But the flight had an unexpectedly traumatic impact on her. In her memoir I Saw Too Much (The Write On Group, 2000), Stumm recalled that she had 'expected the rubble and the devastation', but had been unprepared for the horror of seeing 'the piles of bodies, clearly recognisable'. American reporter Gwen Dew of the Detroit News was also shocked into silence: 'Never could you imagine such death, such fearful death I literally could not speak for days.'
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnduring legacies
EditorsJulianne Schultz, Peter Cochrane
Place of PublicationSouth Brisbane, Queensland
PublisherGriffith University
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781922182807
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameGriffith review
PublisherGriffith University


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