Sunday, May 07, 2006

Eyewitnesses to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The remarkable Damn Interesting site has some fascinating eyewitness accounts of the bombs that ended the brutal war in the Pacific:

The sound of the American planes drew the attention of the city's residents, many of whom were outdoors participating in work programs. A few saw a large parachute unfurl beneath the B-29 before it flew away, but most saw only the flash that soon followed. The events that unfolded that morning on the streets of Hiroshima were recorded by those who survived. These survivors would come to be known as hibakusha– "people exposed to the bomb."

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