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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.

Shigehiko Odani (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.2 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
On the railway line, only a few steel frames of trams escaped the fire. There were many charred bodies with their limbs spread out. I couldn't bear to look directly at the terrible sight.
Toshiyuki Takahashi (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
My parents died, we lost the war, and in any event I myself was going to die from blood poisoning. I felt like a prisoner on death row awaiting execution.
Junichi Kaneshige (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
I would guess that the number of the corpses that we cremated before our return to Ujina on August 14 had reached four to five hundred.