2014 April / Hibakusha Stories


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

7min 16 secs, HD, in Japanese with English Interpretation

6min 02 secs, HD, in English

8min 40 secs, HD, in English

16min 39 secs, HD, in Japanese with English Interpretation

24min 32 secs, HD, in Japanese with English Interpretation

17min 03 secs, HD, in English & Japanese with English Interpretation

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9:30 am-11:00 am EST, at Japan Society

New York, NY – More than 69 years after President Harry S. Truman authorized the use of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, stories from survivors resonate with young generations as they learn about the complexities and cataclysms of World War II.

On Tuesday, April 29, invited high school groups from the New York City-area visit Japan Society to hear first-hand accounts of the bombings and reflect on the events that brought them to pass. Organized by the U.N. affiliated NGO Hibakusha Stories, two hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), Ms. Reiko Yamada of Hiroshima and Mr. Michio Hakariya of Nagasaki share remembrances and personal testimonies. President Truman’s grandson, Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel recounts his personal journey toward understanding the bombings, including encounters with survivors during recent trips to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki will be among special guests at the event. 

Presented By Japan Society, Youth Arts New York, Hibakusha Stories, Peace Boat

Interpreters: Rachel Clark & Marie Cochrane

Videotaped & Edited By East River Films Inc

A student in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped, Reiko Yamada saw a flash in the sky and was thrown to the ground by the force of the blast. Her sister, fortuitously home sick, survived while all of her classmates who were mobilized to work in the city center that day perished. Ms. Yamada vividly remembers and recounts the suffering she observed in her family and neighbors, and now is an outspoken critic of atomic weapons.

Michio Hakariya was at his house located 3.8 km away from the hypocenter when he experienced the bomb flash and bomb blast. He sought refuge in an air-raid shelter nearby and avoided further exposure to radiation. After the war he taught in high schools for 36 years. Participation in the 2nd Peace Boat Hibakusha Project in fall 2009 was the starting point for him to start telling his story. Mr. Hakariya joined the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace to give his testimony, and he continues to talk about the true nature of nuclear weapons to young people, traveling himself to South East Asia and around the world to do so.

Clifton Truman Daniel is the oldest grandson of 33rd U.S. 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 My 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.

Dedicated to bringing living history into the classroom, in the last three years Hibakusha Stories, an initiative of Youth Arts New York, passes the legacy of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to a new generation, and empowers them with tools to build a world free of nuclear weapons. The organization has brought atomic bomb survivors to over 10,000 high school students throughout the metro area.

Founded in 1907, Japan Society is a multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. An American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, the Society cultivates a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan.

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