The Six Survivors...

What was the Atomic Bomb?


   The atomic bomb; an explosive devise where large amounts of energy is released through the nuclear fission of uranium. You cannot imagine what such a thing can do. It can destroy a whole nation. It can kill thousands of lives. It can change who you are just in a matter of seconds. The Atomic Age began the second the bomb was dropped from the aircraft.     

   The first atomic bomb was used by the United States on August 6, 1945 against Hiroshima, Japan. Many survived. Many injured. Many died. The book Hiroshima, written by John Hersey and published by The New Yorker on August 31, 1946, describes the lives of six people: a clerk, Miss Toshiko Sasaki; a physician, Dr. Masakazu Fujii; a tailor's widow with three small children, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura; a German missionary priest, Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge; a young surgeon, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki; and a Methodist pastor, Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto. Each one of these people survived the atomic bomb and lived many years later. They were the lucky ones.

   Find out what each person was doing before, during, shortly after, and many years later once the bomb had dropped on Hiroshima.