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Messages from Hiroshima

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Sachiko Masumura (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
"Father, it's burning hot already. I can't make it. Go and help Mother! Go now, father. Go please!"
Takenori Mori (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
Every morning, I always waved my hand in front of my eyes to check whether I was alive or dead.
Anonymous (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
I remember seeing a charred body in a sitting postion with a piece of wood beside him on which the name, "Sergeant Fumoto" was written with charcoal.
Kazue Sawada (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
My three-year-old sister's hair came out by pulling lightly, and her cheek had a hole large enough to expose her tongue, which was split in half.
Masayo Nakaya (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
A red cow ran into the Red Cross Hospital. It became an important source of food for us, and candles were made out of the fat and used when we went to check on patients at night in rooms with no lanterns.
Noboru Katayama (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
I ran off while my friends were calling for help. In this hell, I myself lost my humanity.
Yoshiko Yanagawa (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
I saw a living hell that went beyond description, with a naked corpse standing on a stone wall, its eyes wide open, its tongue dangling down, and its arms up in the air.
Itsue Okada (female)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
I was exposed to the atom bomb when I was fifteen years old. I wouldn't want any fifteen-year-old today ever to have an experience like that.
Goro Osada (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.6 km from the hypocenter / 18 years old at the time
Bleeding from all over his body, my father shouted, "I'm not going to die!"
Sadao Kawahira (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.2 km from the hypocenter / 8 years old at the time
The A-bomb burned my head, right arm and knees and they took two years to heal completely.