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Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2018



“Cynthia Lazaroff told her personal and harrowing story of the Hawaiian nuclear false alarm to me for my new podcast, Tales From The Nuclear Brink.  It drove home how the risk posed by nuclear weapons reaches beyond the physical - read her full account in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.”

- William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense



“There has never been a better article on current nuclear dangers:  by Cynthia Lazaroff, who experienced them first-hand this year in the Hawaiian false alert. Includes a nuclear disarmament program for your elected representatives--please share with them.”

- Daniel Ellsberg, Former Nuclear War Planner, The Pentagon Papers



“…a powerful, poignant wake up call.  Cynthia’s work is bringing new insights and a breath of fresh air to US-Russian relations right now.”

- William Ury, Co-founder, Harvard Program on Negotiation,

Author of #1 international best-selling book on negotiation Getting to Yes



“For 38 minutes, Cynthia Lazaroff lived with the "unimaginable" reality of an imminent nuclear attack in Hawaii. Her personal essay in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a must-read.”

- Hollywood Health and Society, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center


"This is a phenomenal, compelling, and brutally honest article.” 

- Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center, Washington D.C. 


“In December 2017, Cynthia and Bruce met with Mikhail Gorbachev. They talked about the need to abolish and ban nuclear weapons. In this article, she recounts the experience that followed her return to Hawaii.” 

- Mikhail Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow Posted article in English and Russian  


“Imperative reading!!!!!”

- Helen Caldicott, Founding President, Physicians for Social Responsibility, helped recruit 23,000 doctors, umbrella organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won Nobel Peace Prize in 1985



“A wonderful article…”

- John Mecklin, Editor-in-Chief, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


“I have read it over 5 times and every time I read it I get goose-bumps.  It is an honor for us to publish it.”

- Elena Chernenko, Head, Foreign Policy Desk, Russia’s liberal daily Kommersant  (The Russian FT/WSJ)


Top 5 “Most Read” list 

- Real Clear World, top Internet site on global news and commentary 


“Published in honor of today’s anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, this powerfully moving & timely piece by Cynthia Lazaroff brilliantly frames the broader ramifications of the false missile alert Hawai’i experienced in today’s very real nuclear climate.” 

- Makana, Internationally Acclaimed Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Master of Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar 

“Illuminating wisdom; read and act”

- Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, former Chairman of the Board, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation



“Great piece…really captures the absurdity and the chilling seriousness of the situation. Bravo!”

- Michael Moran, Three-time Emmy Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, Executive Producer, Council on Foreign Relations, Crisis Guide: Iran


“Cynthia Lazaroff captures well the sense of confusion: how many minutes do I have, what do I take, where do we all go to protect ourselves?  I hesitate to say, we should all have to go through this once, to get us focused.  It takes crises, all encompassing fright.” 

- Colette Shulman, Author, Journalist, Public Speaker on the Soviet Union and Russia since 1956 

"A fine piece—eloquent and important.”

- Adam Hochschild, Author, Co-founder, Mother Jones


"It is devastating.  And enlightening, compelling, frightening.  Yes, nothing is more important.  I thought climate change was... But, hey, if we're not around for climate change...”

- Lisa Loomer, Playwright, Hit Play The Waiting Room, co-writer, screenplay, Girl Interrupted, Winner of 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama for Roe


“I was deeply moved to read your article. Thank you for using this event for alerting us to both the immensity and the immediacy of our nuclear fate.”

- Joanna Macy, Activist, Author and Buddhist scholar

“Very timely and important piece – especially given the recent developments in the US – Russian relations.” 

- Andrei Kortunov, Director, Russian International Affairs Council 

“What could be more compelling than believing you are about to die from an incoming missile?  Cynthia Lazaroff’s personal trauma (and drama) really comes through and it is relatable to ordinary people. At the same time it responsibly covers a lot of ground about current as well as historic nuclear dangers.” 

After the terrible dread energy of the first day, the energy is sustained, like cycles of crashing waves…it brought me immense fear."

- Robin L. Perry, Director, The William J. Perry Project 

“After the terrible dread energy of the first day, the energy is sustained, like cycles of crashing waves…it brought me immense fear." 

- Program Officer of major foundation (Provided grants totaling over $1B)


“Blood chilling…” 

- Lindsay Smith, Filmmaker, Back in the USSR 

“Thank you Cynthia Lazaroff for this spine-chilling account. Nuclear weapons do not make us safer.” 

- Meghan McCall, Policy Associate, Ploughshares Fund 

"It was like watching a disaster movie, there were tears streaming down my face.  Needs to go viral!”

- Derek Hart, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Backstage at the Kirov


“Complacent about nuclear danger? Read this powerful piece by Cynthia Lazaroff in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists”

- David A. Welch, CIGI Chair Global Security, Balsillie School of Int’l Affairs


“Likely one of the most significant articles of a generation. My chest feels flattened by the gravity of the situation, it may take me a full day to recover. I might never! If you care even in the smallest way about humanity and what lies (almost immediately) ahead please take a moment to read this extraordinary piece of writing from a truly gifted mind.”

- Steven Giles, International Fashion and Lifestyles Designer, Founder and Creative Director. BASE USA INC and BASE PROJECTS LLC

“Read Cynthia Lazaroff’s heart-wrenching account of what happened to her family the morning of January 13, 2018, when Hawaii mistakenly received warning of a nuclear attack.” 

- Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 

“The toggling back and forth between the gaping, terrifying enormity of it all and your moment-by-moment decisions about where to go, who to call, what to bring, is so gripping. To have to decide between your children and your wife, or between which children, or to encounter a massive traffic jam at the very moment you must, MUST get to your children, to find yourself rushing toward a cave, to what end, for how long, is unimaginable.” 

- Kathy Waugh, Senior Producer, WGBH 

"Cynthia Lazaroff rightly points out that journalists play a key role in informing both the public & policymakers about nuclear dangers…”

- Devon Terrill, Media Program Officer, Stanley Foundation

“Let me just say – I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PIECE. It’s fantastic. It hits all the right messages and weaves in powerful anecdotes that ‘make it real’ for the reader.”

- Program Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative



Woke up to a stunning sunrise. We are so lucky to live on this planet! But then read this essay by my friend Cynthia Lazaroff in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (they moved the Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes before midnight). This is a compelling read, and absolutely essential information about the new Russian-American nuclear arms race.

- Kim Spencer, Founder, Link TV


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