Nagasaki group gathers A-bomb survivor stories

Kyodo

A Nagasaki civic group has published a book containing the testimonies of about 40 atomic-bomb survivors that were selected out of over 1,000 it collected over the past 38 years.

Nagasaki no Shogen no Kai (Association for Testimonies in Nagasaki) compiled the book “Shogen: Nagasaki ga Kieta” (“Testimonies: Nagasaki has Vanished”) as many of its 60 or more volumes containing interviews with survivors of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima nuclear attacks have gone out of print.

The latest volume contains accounts by ethnic Koreans as well as Americans and Dutch nationals who were exposed to the atomic-bomb blasts while they were in prison camps.

The book also includes a list of the about 1,000 people interviewed in the past to serve as a reference for books that have already been published.

“Among the people who were included in the latest book, 10 of them are no longer alive,” said Hitoshi Hamasaki, 75, a representative of the group.

“An increasing number of people have forgotten about the tragedy of the atomic bomb. I definitely want young people to take a fresh opportunity to read the testimonies,” he said.

The group was established in 1968 by the late Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki, who treated atomic-bomb survivors while he himself was being exposed to radiation.