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New Book: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget

August 21, 2017

Left: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation. Right: The Children's Peace Monument is a monument for peace to commemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This monument is located in Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako Sasaki, a young girl, died of leukemia from radiation of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda’s Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons in September 1957,  Soka Gakkai has published a new book containing over 50 testimonies by  hibakusha—A-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Published by Daisanbunmei-sha, the book is a compilation by the Soka Gakkai Youth Division of interviews conducted by  Soka Gakkai members between 2011 and 2015. The book details account of real-life experiences from the aftermath of nuclear weapons.

With the adoption at the United Nations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 7, 2017,  and as the surviving hibakusha become fewer in number,  it is important to share their firsthand accounts, and their desire for peace, more widely.

The e-book will be available on Amazon from September 1.

Below are two testimonies that are published in this book:

Experience from Chisako Takeoka - Hiroshima 

Experience from Nobuharu Takahira - Nagasaki