Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

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Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing Aired August 4, 2005 - 23:00:00 ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) 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. (END VIDEO CLIP) 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. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) 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 immediately.
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"I still remember the voices of the dying calling out, "Help, help us," be we could not help them," she says. "I wonder where I found the power to move on. If I did not have my little brother with me, I am sure I would have died right there. I think my brother was the one who rescued me after all." Hiroko guided her brother to a nearby military airfield, a place where she thought she would die. "I crawled to a long line of victims waiting in the open sun for treatment. Many died while they were waiting on line," she recalls. "I was careful not to let go of my brother's hand because I knew I would lose him. I saw many people lying around us looking very close to death. One mother was still nursing her child, but she already looked --" (AUDIO GAP) . moment her daughter would die.
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  • Spring '05
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  • Harry S. Truman, Nuclear weapon, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jonathan Mann

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