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For Those Who Pray for Peace
Hiroshima Jogakuin Alumni Association Collection of Memoirs commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Atomic Bomb
Hiroshima Jogakuin, a Christian high school and vocational school for girls, was located 1.1 kilometers away from the hypocenter, in what is today Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku, in Hiroshima. On the morning of August 6, 1945, most of its students had been sent to work in factories or clearing away debris from demolished buildings, while the rest were at the campus, listening to an explanation of the student mobilization orders. Because of the atomic bomb, Hiroshima Jogakuin lost twenty teachers and 330 students.
In 2005, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the A-bombing, the Hiroshima Jogakuin Alumnae Association published a collection of accounts of the atomic bomb by school alumnae who lived through it. The book was published in both Japanese and English, with the title in Japanese 'Heiwa o Inoru Hitotachi e' and, in English, 'For Those Who Pray for Peace'. The Japanese edition runs 460 pages and the English, 380 pages.
In planning this English website, we hoped to introduce these valuable testimonies to the world, and the Hiroshima Jogakuin Alumnae Association willingly consented to our proposal. We have included the accounts of thirty-three contributors to the book who gave permission for their memories to be made available here. We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Hiroshima Jogakuin Alumnae Association.
Both the Japanese and English texts are presented here as they were published in 2005, with no further editing by the Asahi Shimbun. Please take a look at these accounts and what they tell us about that day.