Hiroshima by John Hersey

Hiroshima by John Hersey

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  • Hiroshima Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura
  • Dr. Terufumi Sasaki
  • Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge
  • Mrs. Nakamura is a widow, whose husband was killed in a war; he left behind three children ages 10, 8, and 5. They were buried under debris after the explosion, but she was  able to free them. They escaped to the rivers surrounding the city, and after drinking the water, became ill with radiation sickness for a while. Although bitter for a time at the Americans, she eventually came to believe it was just a circumstance of war and continued to live her life as best she could.
  • Toshiko Sasaki
  • Before the bomb, this surgeon spent his time illegally treating poor but sick patients in the streets. Since he was in the stairwell at the time of the explosion and the only on unharmed, he treats thousands of people despite crippling exhaustion. He was not very prideful of his many medical accomplishments, but he did believe that those who had drooped the bomb should die. He was traumatized by his experience and it hasted him for his life.
  • Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto
  • A Jesuit German priest who, after Mass and breakfast, had gone upstairs to read in minimal clothes, as he had become sick after eating the rations. When the bomb exploded, he originally thought it had been dropped directly on them and he ran outside in nothing but underwear. Him and other priests went to try and help many people at the river, although fire blocked certain paths to escape. He eventually became a citizen and changed his  name to Father Makoto Takakura.
  • By: John Hersey Dr. Masakazu Fujii
  • She was a secretary at a tin factory, employed to help her family. The day of the bombing, she was sitting at her desk and a bookcase fell on top of her and she initially thought her leg was severed, but it was actually only broken.  She spent the night in a lean-to with a few other badly injured people. Ultimately, Father Kleinsorge encourages her to become a nun, and she finds peace despite being forever crippled both physically and emotionally. 
  • He was in the process of moving items to his friend Mr. Matso's house. When the bomb fell, he wedged himself between some large rocks while the man who was helping him jumps into the home. They both end up unharmed, and he ends up feeling guilty while other were suffering. He does run into his wife by chance, but pushed through a fire into the city to try and help other people.
  • Dr. Fuji practiced independently outside of his him, but at the time of the bombing he only had two patients. When it exploded, he had been on the porch and he was pushed into the rive. He thought he was dead, but really the poles that elevated his home over the river were pinning him above water. After he bomb, he ends up practicing for a long time successful, especially with American members of society. He does die after an 11 year coma, and his wufe and son have a lawsuit over the inheritance.
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