White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki Survivors

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The past is something we try to forget about. Whether good or bad, we always disguise the truth and frame it innocent. When the United States dropped an atomic bomb in the city of Hiroshima Mr. Akihiro Takashi, and many others, could never imagine a horrific event happening to them. This tragedy killed seventy to eighty thousand people leaving another seventy thousand injured. A half-century later most people do not recognize the traumatizing misfortune the survivors suffered. The United States concealed the vile catastrophe they did. A false face will always cover this experience the Japanese coped with. At just 14-years-old, Mr. Takashi was faced with this life-changing event. While listening to the school announcements when a blast came;…show more content…
The United States is praised for providing this opportunity. Hiroshima survivors were left emotionally drained. The survivors only witnessed this, but no one tells the truth of this event. The film reveals the incomprehensible suffering and remarkable human flexibility. In the Japanese culture, it is shunned to live longer that your parents, especially if you are a woman. Sakue Shimohira, from the film, remembers a moment she considered suicide after losing the last member of her family, saying, " I realized there are two kinds of courage, the courage to die and the courage to live" (qtd. In Okazaki, DVD). Though Shimohira decided to live, others would rather die than live with the regret and pain. The wellness of Hiroshima vanished. It was difficult for people to comprehend what drastic changes they had to live…show more content…
People without the black plague fled the countryside just as the Japanese who were not affected by the bomb disfavored the Hiroshima survivors. These people never received help from their own country and the one who caused this to happen to them. The United States is praised for the so-called “victory” but does not show the long-term effects these people experienced. Years later people do not know the challenges Hiroshima had to undergo. Takashi explains, “those who survived must continue to talk about our experiences.” The violence experienced by Takashi and many others needs to be told by everyone. The hardship that the city of Hiroshima coped with should never be forgotten. The pain the country experienced was never exposed to the public. No one knows what the survivors had to recover from because it is hidden from the public. Berger’s article explains the bombing of Hiroshima was a terrorist act. He thinks terrorists are human killers saying, “the calculations was terrorist, the indiscriminate was terrorist” (240). Berger uses the victims ' stories to grasp the horror and pity they went through allowing the reader observe. Berger’s article demonstrates terrorism as a political decision to kill a group of civilians. Mr. Takashi says, “the United States broke international law and all principles of humanity by using nuclear

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