Hiroshima Essay

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At exactly 8:15 in the morning on August 6, 1945 the first ever atomic bomb flashed above the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The city size had shrunken to about 245,000 from about 380,000 before the war had started. Of those 245,000, well over 100,000 died as a result of the bombing. The lives of six of the survivors the day of the bombing and several months after make up the book Hiroshima.One of the survivors was Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk at the East Asia Tin Works company. When the bomb exploded she was at work talking to a co-worker. Her leg was severely broken from the bomb and she had to remain in the hospital for several months. Most of her family died in the blast and she never saw her fiancé again after the bombing. Dr. Masakazu Fujii was another survivor. He was the proprietor of a one-doctor hospital who was relaxing at the time of the bombing. His hospital was destroyed but he was not seriously hurt in the bombing. He gave medical attention to the people in the town and later set up his own practice once again. Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura was a mother of 3 and a widow. She was and her three children were not hurt by the bombing. After the bombing they moved to the country and lived in the Novitiate with the Catholics. Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge was another survivor of the bombing. He was a German priest who was not hurt by the blast but later became very ill from radiation poisoning. He helped many people during the days after the bombing. Dr. Turufumi Sasaki was a young surgeon at the Red Cross Hospital and was the only doctor in the hospital who was not hurt. He spent 18 hours straight after the bombing helping the thousands of victims who were coming to the hospital. He continued helping all the sick for the next several weeks after the bombing. Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto was a pastor at a Hiroshima Methodist Church. He was not at all hurt by the bombing and felt that it was unfair he was not hurt and thousands of others were. He went through the streets and tried to help as many people as he could.I believe that the main thesis of the book Hiroshima is that the author was trying to show the human and emotional affects of the dropping of the bomb. In doing this he also showed how war was not only a fight for the soldiers but also a fight for all the citizens in the country. Many people who's stories were told for the book had opposing ideas about how using the bomb was justified. Mrs. Nakamura stated about the use of the bomb that, "It was war and we had to expect it." Dr. Fujii was also very indifferent about the use of it and stated, "There's nothing to be done about it now." These people did not have any hatred for the Americans for using the bomb but were still very emotionally scarred from it. It is also possible that when they made these statements they were still too terrified to think about it and thus did not seem to care as much. Others, such as Dr. Sasaki said, "I think they ought to hold a trial for the men who...

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