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A year after World War II ended a leading American weekly magazine published a striking description of what life was like for those who survived a nuclear attack The article simply titled Hiroshima was published by The New Yorker in its August 31 1946 issue The thirty- one thousand word article displaced virtually all other editorial matter in the issue Hiroshima traced the experiences of six residents who survived the blast of August 6 1945 at 8 15 am There was a personnel clerk Miss Toshiko Sasaki a physician Dr Masakazu Fujii a tailors widow with three small children Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamura a German missionary priest Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge a young surgeon Dr Terufumi Sasaki and a Methodist pastor the Reverend Mr Kiyoshi Tanimoto The article told the story of their experiences starting from when the six woke up that morning to what they were doing the moment of the blast and the next few hours continuing through the next several days and then ending with the situations of the six survivors several months later The article written by John Hersey created a blast of its own in the publishing world The New Yorker sold out immediately and requests for reprints poured in from all over the world Following publication Hiroshima was read on the radio in the United States and abroad Other magazines reviewed the article and referred their readers to it The Book-of-the-Month Club sent a copy of the article in book form to its entire membership as a free selection Later that fall Hiroshima was published as a book by Alfred A Knopf and has remained in print ever since Hiroshima was not the first exposure that readers had to the events that took place on August 6 Many articles in the popular press described the destruction of the city such as a Colliers story published in the spring of 1946 crammed full of details about the power of the atom bombs
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