Type of book: Non-Fiction
The book, Hiroshima, is the story of six individuals who experienced the true effects of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Miss Toshinki Sasaki, a clerk in the East Asia Tin Works factory, just sat down in the plant office and was turning to converse with the girl at the next desk when the bomb exploded. Dr. Masakazu Fujii, a physician, was relaxing on his porch, which overlooked the Kyo River, where he was reading the morning periodical when the shell detonated. Before the eruption, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura was observing her neighbor destruct his house as part of a fire lane in preparation of an American attack. Previous to the attack, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a German priest, was reclined on a cot in the Society of Jesus mission house reading his Stimmen der Zeit. Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, a young surgeon for the Red Cross, was walking along the hospital corridor carrying a blood sample for a Wassermann test when he was thrown off his feet by the discharge. The pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist Church, Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, was about to unload a cart of clothes at a prosperous associate's house in the suburbs when the flash consumed the structure. All were unaware of the blast considering an all-clear siren had just sounded.
After the bomb had exploded, the six individuals had there own predicament from which to escape from. Miss Sasaki was trapped under the ceiling, books, and bookshelves of the Eat Asia Tin Works factory. Dr. Fujii's house collapsed on top of him leaving Dr. Fujii squeezed between two long timbers in a V-shape across his chest. Luckily, Dr. Fujii had his head protruding out of the Kyo River, but his torso and legs were in the river. Mrs. Nakamura was buried in timber, however lightly because she could free herself. As soon as she was emancipated, she initiated in digging throughout the debris looking for her children. Father Kleinsorge regained consciousness a few minutes after the explosion. Father Kleinsorge did not reminisce how he got out, but the first thing he does evoke is walking around the mission garden in his underwear.
After the initial explosion, dead and wounded remained everywhere, fires reduce buildings to ashes and persist out of control, leaving the city in utter chaos. Dr. Fujii, Father Kleinsorge, and Mr. Tanimoto began to assist others who were more heavily injured than they were. Many of the suffering poured into garden entitled Asano Park. By nightfall of that day, 10,000 victims had invaded the Red Cross hospital and Dr. Sasaki was totally worn out. He had lost his glasses in the explosion and had taken a pair from a wounded nurse. Although these were not his prescription, he could see well enough to do some bandaging. He tried to bandage the ones that he thought had a chance of survival. He felt that he could not afford to spend time on those that he was sure would die despite his...