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Messages from Nagasaki

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Shoji Sato (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.1 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
I heard the radio broadcast announcing the end of the war at home. I felt no pain but many small pieces of glass came out from my head.
Iwao Hirayama (male)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
People suffering from being exposed to radiation pleaded for water. But, I was fully occupied with myself and that was the best I could do. I just wanted to get away, even a step away from that living hell.
Aiko Uchino (female)
'Chokubaku'  3.5 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
It grieves me most to think of my father and my younger brother, the only ones in the world who loved and supported me, committing suicide because of the worry of exposure to the atomic bomb.
Mitoe Matsumoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.1 km from the hypocenter / 3 years old at the time
The strength of the orange colored light that flashed when the A-bomb was dropped is still fresh in my memory even now, 60 years later.
Hiroko Matsuguma (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
With the effort of shouting, my sister's flesh fell away and blood came from the exposed veins.
Sueji Suzuki (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.1 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The rock wall of the underground factory flashed, lighting up the room like mid-day, and fuses in the machines threw sparks and blew up. Then everything went pitch black.
Tetsuo Nishimura (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
On my way to the other side of the bridge, there were so many corpses lying in heaps. Many bodies were also floating in the river. The only word to describe the scene would be nothing less than "terror."
Tohru Kimura (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.2 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time
We were the A-bomb orphans. We lost all our social, spiritual and economic foundations.
Anonymous (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
There are things I can never forget but don't want to remember. Everywhere was a scene from hell.
Takeshi Saki (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.9 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
What caught my eye was the body of a construction worker who had been killed instantly by the atomic bomb and had somehow remained standing upright in death.