The Bombing of Hiroshima

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The Bombing of Hiroshima
August 8, 1946 will be a day etched into the memories of the many people that survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. John Hershey wrote a book titled, Hiroshima, which told the stories of six survivors from that day. The stories that are told by these brave people are heart wrenching, horrific, and almost painful to even read. Two survivors, Akihiro Takahashi and Eiko Taoka, tell a story about the air raid and what they saw after the large red flash had hit the ground. Many people went about their day knowing that there was an air raid in effect but also knowing that they could not stop their lives due to what could happen later on that morning. It was almost minutes after people of Hiroshima continued with their day to day lives that their world was turned upside down in just a few moments.

Akihiro Takahashi was a 14 year old boy going to Municipal Junior High School. He was recalling the day that the bomb was dropped. He told of how the school children were standing in the school watching a B-29 flying close to the ground and the teachers running outside to tell the students to fall in and take cover. It was just minutes after that he was awoken and had been blown 10m away from where he was standing. The story that was told after that is a very heart wrenching story, but he knew that he had to recall his memories from that day so that others could know what his people had gone through on that day. Akihiro remembered waking up and feeling that his skin was peeling off of him. He ran to find anyone that had made it through the blast and came across one of his school mates that he was friends with. As they ran to find their home and also any other survivors, all they could see was fire and hear the screams of the other burning victims. Along his journey home his friend had gotten lost, but he knew that he couldn’t stop, so he had to continue on. All that was on his mind was that he had to find his family to make sure they were...
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