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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.

Hiroko Ogi (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.2 km from the hypocenter / 0 years old at the time
When my mother raised me in her arms, my mouth and ears were stuffed with wall mud. She told me that she dug out the mud like mad, by using her fingers and tongue.
Akiyoshi Shimizu (male)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 4 years old at the time
Mother and I were crushed under the house. Help, Mommy! HELP! I screamed many times.
Tamiko Nishimoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 4 years old at the time
Even now I remember clearly the moment of the explosion, like a dream of being surrounded by a blinding, silvery light.
Kimiko Yamamoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 5 years old at the time
Seconds after a very intense flash of light, there was huge gust of wind, and glass shards were scattered everywhere in the room.
Katsuko Kuwamoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  3.5 km from the hypocenter / 6 years old at the time
I have something to ask when I meet you in heaven. How badly did your heat-ray burns hurt? How badly did you want to moisten your swollen lips with cold water?
Keiko Kudo (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time
What my mother told me by my bedside was, "Since you should have died at the age of seven, you should give up if you can't recover."
Shiro Kawamoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 8 years old at the time
Because I was wearing shorts, one of my legs was seriously blistered in places from burns. I had a tingling pain on the left side of my face from the irradiated burn.
Masayoshi Sumikawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.1 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time
I witnessed the very moment when the B-29 dropped its small fluttering atomic bomb over our heads.
Michiko Matsui (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
When I was just ten years old, a single bomb robbed me of my parents, my grandparents and everything dear to me.
Takako Ishida (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.4 km from the hypocenter / 11 years old at the time
I can never forget my horror when I looked at myself in a mirror hung on the wall. I was a red ogre. Later my face turned from red to dark, and I had to spend my adolescence with a dark-colored face.