Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Kikue Shiota Reflects on the Attack on Hiroshima

Kikue Shiota shares her experience on surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 by the U.S. during World War II. At the time of the atomic bombing, Shiota was 21 years old and she was two kilometers away from the center of the attack. Shiota recalls that a shocking, bright light overwhelmed Hiroshima and an oily black rain shortly followed. That day, Shiota and her younger sister had to travel amongst piles of corpses and burning buildings in order to find her missing siblings. The two found their brother with the skin of his legs dragging behind him and they found their sister’s clothes burned into the road.

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