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The six survivors

John Hersey's book on Hiroshima focuses on six individual survivors, two of which were doctors.  Another was a Christian priest another a Christan Reverend.  One of the women was a clerk at a factory, the other was a work at home mom who's husband was most likely killed in the war.

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After the disaster

After the disaster most of the surviving residents of Hiroshima had lost most of their possessions in the bombing.  Although The radiation levels within the city were deemed tolerable for human living and provisional shelters were made for families it was very hard for the survivors to get by.  Once businesses started to return and factories were rebuilt, Hibakusha, as the survivors were called, were often very weak and could only work a few days per week without exhausting themselves.  To make matters worse for the Hibakusha, many of the factory owners would not hire them.

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The Short and long term symptoms

The Short and long term symptoms | Hiroshima survivors | Scoop.it

Most of the Hibakusha, in the beginning, had severe radiation burns (Imagine a really bad sunburn, but 100 tome worse), Radiation sickness (Constant Vomiting as well as weakness), People who were looking towards the bob at the time of the blast often had their eyes seared out and many had injuries from debris which had landed on top of them.  Later on even the luckiest of survivors had, aches (One of the main treatment suggestions for Hibakusha was massage), as well as having frequent tumors, Leukemia was very rampant.  Many Children were having growth defects which sometimes resulted in death.  Most every Hibakusha will have medical problems until their deaths.

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Their opinions on the bomb

Many people had an instantly bad opinion against the people who dropped the bomb until their deaths.  However some people started to realize that the fault was not necessarily, those who dropped or built the bomb, but really everyone involved in the war in general, in fact many people started to have a realization that the war they were hoping to win was was just a useless waste of life.

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The Flash

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The only warning anyone had was the Bright flash of light which preceded the explosion.   Afterwards most of the city was on fire and those who were still alive were trying to get to safety, few of them bothering to help the people trapped under debris of fallen houses.  The people who got to safety still died by the thousands from burns, fractures and sickness.

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The Lucky

Not all of the Hibakusha turned out in terrible predicaments.  Dr. Sasaki, wanting to get away from Hiroshima moved to a small town in china and set up a small clinic which eventually turned into a four story cement hospital.  Until the day he died Dr. Sasaki was fairly well off despite his having to have repeated surgery for tumors and other effects of the radiation sickness.

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Loyalty

There are several rumored incidents in which in the face of death, people did patriotic acts such as singing the national anthem while their building fell on them.

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