Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing
Aired August 4, 2005 - 23:00:00 ET
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JONATHAN MANN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): The day that changed everything. 60 years after the
attack on Hiroshima, survivors remember.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): My brother saw me first and climbed up to me. We held
each other and cried for a long time. We're OK is all we could say, over and over.
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Hello and welcome.
Witnesses recall a piercing flash of light, what one account described as a sheet of sun. Within moments,
much of the city vanished, a lot of it collapsed, a lot of it caught fire. Thousands of people were killed
immediately and in time about 140,000 are believed to have died as a result.
Even after 60 years, looking at images of the devastation of Hiroshima, it is stunning that people did
survive and stunning to hear what they endured.
On our program today, 60 years later, the survivors.
CNN's Atika Shubert has one woman's story.
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hiroko Yamashita remembers August 6,
1945. Her parents told her to stay at home in Hiroshima and mind her younger brother, Yusaku. She was
18, he was 6. At 8:15 that morning, the atomic bomb exploded.
"I remember the figure of my little brother coming home from our neighbor's house," she says,
"silhouetted in a white flash."
SHUBERT (on camera): Where I'm standing right now is almost directly under where the atomic bomb
exploded. Behind me is Hiroshima Dome, one of the few buildings left standing after the attacks.
Hiroko's home was about 900 meters, about 1/2 a mile away, from this spot, and this is her incredible
story of survival.
(voice-over): Hiroko awoke under a pile of rubble, her three-story home collapsed around her, but she had
only one thought.
"I had to protect my brother. I struggled to get free and crawled up the pile of debris and did not think
about the pain," she says. "My brother saw me first and climbed up to me. We held each other and cried
for a long time. We're OK is all we could say over and over."
All around them, devastation. Survivors with burned skin hanging from their bodies. Yusaku seemed
unhurt, but Hiroko suffered serious burns and gaping wounds that exposed her bones. She had to get help