Hiroshima was a small town in Japan that was vaporized by an Atomic Bomb. In this book by John Hersey it talks about the damage the atomic bomb left behind. Not only does it talk about the complete destruction of Hiroshima but the survivors that were remaining after the debris subsided. Hiroshima was destroyed by the atomic bomb named “Little Boy” on August 6, 1945. Over a hundred thousand people were killed, but there were many survivors. Among those survivors there were six main characters that were shown after the Atomic Bomb dropped. One of the six survivors was, Miss Toshiko Sasaki. She was a personnel clerk in town and had a child who worked in the East Asia Tin Works factory. Dr. Masakazi Fujii was a middle-age physician who owns his own private hospital. Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura was a tailor’s widow with three children. Her husband died years ago in the war. Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge was a thirty eight year old German missionary priest with the Society of Jesus. Dr. Terufumi Sasaki was a young surgeon who was working at the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital. Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto was a hard working and thoughtful pastor. They show us the survival during the aftermath of the war, the effects of war on civilians and cities, and how life has frailties and full of unpredictability’s.
It started off as peaceful August mornings in Hiroshima, where each of the characters was minding their own business. Mr. Tanimoto was helping a friend move some of his
daughter’s belongings to a house outside of the city center (pg3). Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge was resting and reading a magazine in his room when the atomic bomb had fell (pg12). After hearing the air- raid sirens Mrs. Nakamura confers with a neighbor and decides to stay home. She decided to let her children sleep unless she hears a more urgent warning (pg7). Dr. Masakazu Fujii was sitting on a porch reading the paper in his underwear when the bomb strikes (pg9). For Dr. Terufumi Sasaki on the...