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Messages from Hiroshima

Japanese version

Katsuyoshi Manako (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 25 years old at the time / current resident of Fukuoka

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. On August 8, 1945, I left the Kokura Military Hospital in Fukuoka and headed for Hiroshima as a member of the relief party. As far as the eye could see, Hiroshima was just a wide stretch of burned ruins. On my way to the destination, I saw innumerable bodies scattered about. At the Hesaka National Elementary School, victims with burns all over their bodies were placed inside the school building, around the playground and everywhere, leaving no space to set foot in. Most of them were half-naked, and the exposed parts of their bodies were charred and swollen. Their faces were injured beyond recognition.

We carried corpses to the fields adjoining the elementary school. The war came to an end on August 15, and I returned to the Kokura Military Hospital on August 24. I am ninety years old now. I spend my days inconvenienced by osteoarthritis of the spine, with fingers of both hands paralyzed.