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Hiroshima was a terrible event that occurred on August 6th 1945 In this novel John Hersey interviews six survivors who were first-hand witnesses of the event These six people tell their stories from hours before the bomb dropped to almost four decades after it occurred to get a glimpse of reality on the horrible crime that affected thousands of people forever The six people are as follows The Reverend Mr Kiyoshi Tanimoto who was educated in America was helping a friend move some of his daughters belongings to a house outside of the city center They are about two miles away from the center of the blast but the bomb still levels the house as Mr Tanimoto takes cover in a rock garden Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamura a tailors widow was tired from repeatedly taking her three young children to a safe area in response to every warning When the air-raid siren sounded early in that very morning Mrs Nakamura decides to stay home and let her children sleep unless she hears a more urgent warning When the bomb stroke about three-quarters of a mile from her house she was watching her neighbor tear down his own home in order to help clear fire lanes Dr Masakazu Fujii ran a private hospital right by a river Because of the difficulty of evacuating his patients in the event of an air raid he has turned away all but two patients When he returned from accompanying a friend on a train station he had awaken earlier than usual for this sat on a porch to read the paper When the bombs stroke it destroyed the building he was in and sent Mr Fuiji into the river Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge was a German Jesuit priest stationed at a mission house in Hiroshima Recently weakened by diarrhea from the wretched wartime rations he was resting and reading a magazine in his room when the bomb stroke The mission house which
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