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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Kishiro Kamada (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo
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The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. ("The A-bomb: On That Day, At That Time" Atom Bombing Witnesses of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Vol. 1 (1989))

The Fight against the Aftereffects of the A-bomb

1. Hiroshima, 1945

In 1945, the last year of the Second World War, a large number of B-29s attacked from the air, and the main cities of Japan suffered enormous damage. People who were living in urban areas had to evacuate to the countryside, and vacant buildings and houses had to be torn down to prevent the spread of fire.

For the time being Hiroshima had suffered few air attacks and was therefore almost undamaged, so it was a designated area where an order for the demolition of buildings and houses was being carried out. Since many men had been inducted into the army, elderly people and women were engaged in this kind of demolition work. Sometimes students were used as well.

2. About Kishiro Kamada

I am Kishiro Kamada. In 1945, I was fourteen years old and in my third year at Hiroshima First Middle School (now Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Kokutaiji High School) in Kokutaiji-machi. I was an innocent and patriotic boy. In order to attend that school, I lived in Senda-machi, Hiroshima with my elder sister, though my family home was on Kamikamagari Island (previously Mukaiura-ku, Shimokamagari-Mura, Aki-gun. now Mukai, Kamagari-cho, Aki-gun).

In 1945, I was also a model factory worker. In accordance with a school student mobilization order, I had been going to Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd (now Mazda Motor Corporation) since 1944. I was engaged in the production of arms and aircraft engines. In addition I often worked at the demolition of buildings and houses with co-workers.