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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.

Tsutomu Umegaki (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
Pupils who had collapsed from grievous injuries, pupils who had gotten trapped beneath the school, moaning. I had no choice but to flee the roaring flames.
Miyo Taniguchi (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 18 years old at the time
I couldn't shed my uneasiness about radiation. I had no idea what might happen and when.
Kiyoko Yoshida (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
I saw body after body of female students with their heads in water storage tanks trying to get a sip of water. Those were the students who were in labor service for building demolition.
Kanae Oguma (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 22 years old at the time
It hurts me to hear people say that hibakusha have been treated in a special manner; such people are blind to the fact that a great number of people suffered and died not by one's own will, but as a consequence of that war.
Fumiko Segawa (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
Heaps of corpses were here and there in a vast East Drill Ground. By that time I had already gotten used to the stench of corpses.
Mieko Ginbayashi (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
As I barely crept out of the debris lying on me, I looked around the city. The hellish sight of an annihilated Hiroshima is still vivid in my mind….
Toshihisa Okada (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.3 km from the hypocenter / 22 years old at the time
I asked a cadet who was younger than I to deliver my message to my mother. Demobilized on September 4, I found him dead after he had faithfully done what I had asked him to do. Tears welled up in my eyes when I knew it.
Kuniko Sasaki (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 24 years old at the time
My father returned to us with the back of his head lacerated by glass and bleeding.
Nobuo Shimizu (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 2 years old at the time
After the death of my parents and my grandfather, my oldest brother and I, an elementary school second grader, began taking care of ourselves and existing on social welfare.
Yoshihide Yamakawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 4 years old at the time
I have a vivid memory of being led by the hand and running away through destroyed buildings and heaps of rubble.