As soon as the planes had passed, Mrs. Nakamura started back with her children. They reached home a little after two-thirty and she immediately turned on the radio, which, to her distress, was just then broadcasting a fresh warning. When she looked at the children and saw how tired they were, and when she thought of the number of trips they had made in past weeks, all to no purpose, to the East Parade Ground, she decided that in spite of the instructions on the radio, she simply could not face starting out all over again. She put the children in their bedrolls on the floor, lay down herself at three o’clock, and fell asleep at once, so soundly that when planes passed over later, she did not waken to their sound.--- from "Hiroshima" by John Hersey
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
in the background, the remains of the cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Patients being treated in a medical tent in Hiroshima on Aug. 9. Credit... Yotsugi Kawahara, courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum “Ameri...