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A Hiroshima Story
Produced by: David Swatling
On a sunny August morning in 1945, Keijiro Matsushima sat in his math class in Hiroshima. He looked out the window, saw two American bombers in the clear blue sky, and suddenly his world was torn apart. Now a retired English teacher, he fears young people today are no longer interested in his story. On a sunny June morning in 2005, Amsterdam English teacher Kevin Hoganís 11th grade class are reading a novel about Hiroshima. They are the same age Mr. Matsushima was sixty years ago. How will they react when they hear his story? A Hiroshima Story was produced by David Swatling of Radio Netherlands and airs as part of our international documentary exchange series Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

A Hiroshima Story was produced by David Swatling of Radio Netherlands. Thanks to Sigrid Deters for interviews and research in Japan, sound engineers Ronald Hoffman and Robert Giesenbach, and sakuhatchi player Kohachiro Miyata. The program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.


Hiroshima University
Under The National School Establishment Law, Hiroshima University was established on May 31, 1949. After World War II, the school system in Japan was entirely reformed and each of the institutions of higher education under the pre-war system was reorganized. As a general rule, one national university was established in each prefecture, and Hiroshima University became a national university under the new system by combining the various pre-war higher educational institutions in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Hiroshima Archive
Web site created by Mayu Tsuruya of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story
It is 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945. Fifteen-year-old Francis Mitsuo Tomosawa looks into the sky and sees an object falling toward his adopted city of Hiroshima, Japan. In an instant, his life will change forever. Site created and provided by Scholastic, Inc.

Documents Relating to the Development of the Atomic Bomb and Its us on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima
by: Stephen Walker 2005
Beginning his story three weeks before August 6 (with the first test of a bomb some of its creators speculated might incinerate the earth's atmosphere), Walker takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through the memories of American servicemen, Japanese soldiers and civilians, and the polyglot team of scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project under Gen. Leslie Groves.

by: Laurence Yep 1996
Describes the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, particularly as it affects Sachi, who becomes one of the Hiroshima Maidens.

by: John Hersey 1989
Stories told by the survivors of the first atomic bomb dropped.

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