Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima My Love)

The film, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” (1959), directed by Alain Resnais and based on a screenplay by Marguerite Duras, was set in Hiroshima at the end of World War II. As an anti-war film showcasing the devastating impact of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, it became regarded as one of the most important films of the French New Wave movement. Paul Kor saw this film three times at the old Eden cinema in Tel-Aviv. He had designed a similarly provocative cover for a book dealing with the tragedy of Hiroshima in August of 1945.

His work depicted the mushroom cloud of ash that Hiroshima survivors reported seeing when the huge fireball exploded and cast a sheen of darkness onto the area. Around 250,000 people perished in the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima.

On July 14, 2015, the superpowers of the West reached an agreement for having Iran's military nuclear program discontinued. Additionally, an agreement was signed with Iran to restrict its nuclear potential for a period of fifteen years. Kor was an adamant advocate of peace and love, and he would have supported today’s effort of western countries to oppose the use of nuclear weapons.