A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story

Book - 2016
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Tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace.
Contents: August 1945. Home in Nagasaki
May-August 1945. Evacuation
August 6, 1945. An ordinary day
August 9, 1945. Unspeakable seconds
August 9, 1945. The end of the world
August 9-11, 1945. Mizu
August 12-15, 1945. "Enduring the unendurable"
August 15-Mid-September 1945. Two brothers
Mid-September 1945-Late March 1946. Miracle
Spring 1946. A new beginning
April-December 1946. School
December 1947. Searching for hope
February 1, 1948. A seed for the future
April 1948. Standing up to the bullies
October 1948. Another seed for the future
1949-1954. Misa and the orphans of war
1955-1961. Father
1961-1962. Sachiko
1962. A path to peace
1963-1968. "The World House"
1968-1992. Cicada years
August 1995. Sachiko's fiftieth anniversary
Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2016]
Branch Call Number: 940.5425 S
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, genealogical table ; 27 cm
ISBN: 9781467789035


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Sachiko is just six years old when the bombs are dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She and some other kids are only a half mile away from the hypocenter of the Nagasaki bomb drop. As Sachiko grows up, the effects of the bomb remain with her, her family, and her country for the rest of their li... Read More »

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ArapahoeStaff1 Feb 14, 2017

Sachiko has gone through so much in her life, and I fully appreciate that she is able and willing to share her horrific story, being only a mile away from the blast of the atomic bomb. The atrocities of WWII haunt me as a reader, and I can only imagine what they've done to those who experienced it first-hand. This beautiful, scary, and truthful account of Sachiko is compelling and thought-provoking.


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