Sharing Personal Stories: Atomic Bomb Survivors Meet Harry Truman’s Grandson

Japan Society presents

“Sharing Personal Stories: Atomic Bomb Survivors Meet Harry Truman’s Grandson”

Wednesday, October 17, 12 PM

More than 67 years have passed since President Harry S. Truman authorized the use of the atomic bomb against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Two survivors, Ms. Setsuko Thurlow and Mr. Yasuaki Yamashita, share their reflections, remembrances and personal testimonies with Truman’s grandson, Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel and Peace Boat Executive Committee Member Mr. Akira Kawasaki. Mr. Daniel will recount his own journey toward understanding this event, including encounters with survivors during a recent trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while Mr. Kawasaki will introduce the work that Peace Boat has been doing to help survivors share their stories worldwide. Middle and high school student groups are invited to hear these eyewitness accounts and reflect on the events that shape their own personal narratives.

The program is co-sponsored by Hibakusha Stories, an initiative of Youth Arts New York, and is offered in cooperation with Peace Boat. 

Mr. Robert Croonquist Opening Remark

HD, 12 min 44 sec, in English

Q & A Session with NYC High School Students

HD, 32 min 52 sec, in English

Setsuko Thurlow Testimony

HD, 13 min 5 sec, in English


Ms. Setsuko Thurlow:

As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Setsuko Thurlow found herself in close proximity to the hypocenter of the atomic blast that rocked Hiroshima.  A survivor of one of the most pivotal events in modern history, she shares her experiences in order to sensitize us to the consequences of armed conflict on civilian populations and to promote lasting peace.  She joined forces with the mayors of Toronto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki to establish the Peace Garden in Toronto.  Over the years, she has served with a number of organizations, including Voices of Women, the Canadian Council of Churches and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, à Canadian Pugwash Group and Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition, continuing her journey from victim to activist.  On October 26, 2007, she received the Order of Canada Citation in Toronto, Ontario.

Yasuaki YAMASHITA Testimony

HD, 8 min 56 sec, in English



When the A-Bomb fell on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945, Yasuaki Yamashita was 6 years old.  An artist and ceramicist, he moved to Mexico in 1968, where he has accepted many invitations to speak about his A-Bomb experience.  These have included schools, universities, cultural centers, a committee of the Mexican Senate, and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts.  In 2010 he gave his testimony at a memorial ceremony organized by the Mexico City Government on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombs.  He feels that it is important to keep alive the memory of the suffering, devastation, and death that nuclear weapons can cause in the hope that no one will ever use them again.

Clifton Truman Daniel Testimony

HD, 5 min 48 sec, in English


Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel:

Clifton Truman Daniel is the oldest grandson of 33rd US President Harry S. Truman and the honorary chairman of the Truman Library Institute in Independence, MO.  A former journalist and public relations executive, Mr. Daniel is the author of two books on his grandparents, Growing Up With Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman (Birch Lane Press, 1995) and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943 (Truman State University Press, 2011).  He is currently at work on a book on the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

2012 Copy Rights, East River Films Inc

4 responses

  1. I share my tears with Setsuko Thurlow, who was 2 years ahead of me in Hiroshima Girls’ School, which provided the banners that the students held in her talk. I am deeply grateful for and applaud her efforts and hard work, which does not come easily. Believe me, I know, as a fellow Hibakusha.
    We are growing old and will all be gone in a relatively short time. Hear us and help our message take roots before it is too late.
    Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider (author of One Sunny Day)

  2. Thank you for leaving your comment, Dr. Snider. We believe that Hibakusha’s personal stories are all unique, but have one important lesson we all can find. CFF will record their voices every time we receive opportunity to share the voice and important lesson to further audience.

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