tv 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings CSPAN August 9, 2015 12:56pm-1:55pm EDT
[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> we continue now with our look years since the bombing of hiroshima and not a sake. in the event with two survivors aboutrican university is one hour. code coordinator of the --
he especially became active in hibashuki activities after he retired. he has continued fighting in testimonies, and very active in his local chapter. we're very fortunate to have him . a 60 year old hibakishu witness. we are very grateful for him to come all the way to washington, t.c. 2% his experiences -- present his experienceso. york foren in new
>> on the morning of august 6 we went out for a morning assembly before starting our work in the factory. right after the morning assembly finished we heard a very loud sound with an immense purple flash across the sky from the window. everybody rushed into a wild panic. shelter weack to the saw an enormously swollen clouds
appear across the clear blue sky. it was a very sunny day. at first we thought it was beautiful because it was very white and a large cloud we have never seen four. it started growing larger and larger and finally became a mushroom shape, known as the mushroom cloud. the color started to turn reddish brown. >> [speaking japanese]
a friend. i was wearing a traditional japanese sandal that was raised. talk -- to for me to walk on the rubble. i was shocked seeing all the people as i walked along the streets. there are also dead horses, dogs, cows, and cats. all that had been living ones but now lay down. i was especially moved when i saw that horse. it made me think even the horse had a home. everyone loves their homes. >> [speaking japanese]
>> as i walked i saw many people who did their bodies in water tubs on the side of the road. i think they did that to vent fire or cooled bodies down. it was a very scary scene. i stepped over what i thought was a charred wooden pole, and my sandal slipped. i realize i had trampled on the foot of a dead body. >> [speaking japanese]
and pick up a soldier who was injured from the bomb and carry them up. even at the time we were running away the soldiers were ordering us to find a soldier and bring him up. as we went to rescue the soldier to our great surprise we met one of our school teachers. once we rescued the soldier we carried on with our journey together. >> [speaking japanese]
of war. they were sent to the attacks parts of hiroshima to rescue people who were suffering. among these were a man who was a restaurant owner very close to my house. when he returned he told us gave them water. many of the rescuers, many of the rescue party people started to get sick. the restaurant owner also died. >> [speaking japanese]
>> fortunately i had a second or third daughter. i also had a grandchild. i was taking them back because i heard there were many d formations among the babies who were born with abnormally small heads. when she came out she was fine. she was a beautiful clever girl. i was concerned about my children and grandchildren's house. -- and grandchildren's health. >> [speaking japanese]
old and i was living in a wooden home about 1.6 miles from the where the bomb exploded. my mother was 10 months pregnant. my brothers were playing outside in the yard and came back in the 29se, saying they heard a d -- they heard a b-29. we sybrina light in the sky. immediately after that we saw a black pillar -- saw a bright light in the sky. immediately after that we saw a black pillar of cloud.
>> [speaking japanese] >> our mother rescued us from the half destroyed house. brother had hit his head and had blood coming out of his for head. my eight-year-old brother, six-year-old brother, my mother, and myself were all ok. we thought the house got bombed, so we prepared to escape. we were surprised that everything had changed.
>> [speaking japanese] >> that night we slept on the riverbed. it wasber how bright burning on the other side of the river. the third day from the bombing we finally got back home. our home wasn't completely burnt down. it was half destroyed. the second floor had fallen, so we used that as a roof. on august 19 it was nearly two weeks after the bombing. my mother gave birth to a baby boy. she cut the umbilical cord by herself. she gave birth by herself.
proposed to me. i hesitantly told him i was a hibakusha. andmother was very angry worried at the same time and told us she was worried we would have a deforemed baby, or that she wasormed baby. against us. man toldprise, the me, in a strong voice, that we should carry the burden together. >> [speaking japanese]
>> we got married against our parents wishes. i suffered from anemia and frequent nosebleeds. i had to stay in bed for many hours and many days. we didn't have children for many years. what my mother-in-law told me helped. when my husband's sister showed ,y mother-in-law their children she told me how cute they were and she would pressure me to have babies. was hurtful for me and i cried many times alone. >> [speaking japanese]
thanks our first child, who was stillborn, and took on all the problems. whenever my children got ill or sick i blame myself, because they are second-generation. i thought it was my fault they were getting sick. all of our three sons grew up without having major problems so far. son was able to meet
a charming woman and they got married after telling her she as a second-generation. i was relieved. they have a beautiful baby girl and baby boy. some of them are growing up healthy. >> [speaking japanese] >> still i live with the fear my sons and grandchildren are living with the damaged dna that i passed on to them. >> [speaking japanese]
>> even when my life and the damage and fear of radiation will live on, because i passed my jeans on to my sons and my grandsons and granddaughters. because there are still nuclear reactors in japan and around the world there is possibility new hibakusha will be born in this world. to prevent anymore disasters from happening in the future, i would like to do my best to pass on my story too many people around the world so that we can truly work for a nuclear free and nuclear power free world. thank you so much for whistling -- for listening. [applause] thank you very much.