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Messages from Hiroshima

'Nyushi hibaku' means that the person was exposed to radiation because he/she entered within 2 kilometers of the hypocenter for rescue activities, relative search, etc. within 2 weeks.

Tomiko Kamioka (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 27 years old at the time
I saw a young woman whose clothes were mostly burned off, leaving her naked. Her entire body was covered in pieces of glass that had pierced her in the bomb blast. She was mostly unconscious, and she seemed unable to feel any pain.
Taichi Yoshida (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
There were countless terrible scenes of the burned bodies of parents and children in each other's arms, half-burned corpses with their eyes and ears crawling with maggots.
Hirofumi Inoue (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 14 years old at the time
I still wonder why I felt nothing at all, even though I had seen tens of thousands of people who had already died or were dying of horrible burns and blisters.
Kayoko Hayashi (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 11 years old at the time
I was shocked when I arrived in the city because there was unbelievably nothing left there.
Syuzo Teruoka (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 21 years old at the time
The city was deserted at night. We could see fires everywhere and the night city was covered with white smoke.
Yoshihiko Kawano (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 14 years old at the time
Getting the information at Hiroshima station that a Geibi Line train was going to leave from the next station, I walked along the rail road and got on the crowded train through a window.
Shizue Hotta (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 25 years old at the time
There were people who died one after right another, and so I was very worried that I was going to die, too. The use of nuclear weapons should end with Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Kizuku Kuramoto (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
All the windows were blown out. Without the curtains of alternate stripes of red and white, the shattered glass would have mangled us.
Katsuyoshi Omori (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 14 years old at the time
Just as my granddaughter was starting elementary school, she asked, "Grandpa, did you fight in the war?" as if it had nothing to do with us.
Anonymous (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
Countless charred bodies were lying on the ground. For many of them, you could no longer tell if they were men or women. You could tell which ones were children, because they were so small.