One Sunny Day: A Child's Memories of Hiroshima

One Sunny Day: A Child's Memories of Hiroshima

One Sunny Day: A Child's Memories of Hiroshima

One Sunny Day: A Child's Memories of Hiroshima

Synopsis

""Every year when the days begin to stretch and the penetrating heat of summer rises to a scorching point, I am brought back to one sunny day in a faraway land. I was a young child waiting for my mother to come home. On that day, however, the sun and the earth melted together. My mother would not come home..."" "Hideko was ten years old when the atomic bomb devastated her home in Hiroshima. In this eloquent and moving narrative, Hideko recalls her life before the bomb, the explosion itself, and the influence of that trauma upon her subsequent life in Japan and the United States. Her years in America have given her unusual insights into the relationship between Japanese and American cultures and the impact of Hiroshima on our lives." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Was it the afternoon of August 6, 1945 or was it evening that I heard of IT? A single bomb that would incinerate more people than a hundred of the usual such killers? It worked. The scientists at Alamagordo, our most brilliant, came through.

As Philip Morrison remembers—he was a nuclear physicist at the time, working in the desert: “What can we do to end this war? The army said we’ll give you the wonderful opportunity to make the world’s greatest explosion and all you have to forget, it’s going to make a bomb that will kill very many people. A Faustian bargain.”

And the light of a thousand suns bewitched Hiroshima.

What happened three days later, a like one, wholly gratuitous it appears, was dropped over Nagasaki. I guess it was to prove that the first was not simply a matter of luck, a chancy success.

It was the news from Hiroshima, though, that caused the astonishment. And in most instances, on these shores, elation. There were some few who were distraught; the Quakers, of course, among them. I’m ashamed to say I was not among these few. It was later… . . .

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