This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. What happened after the bombing of Nagasaki? Today Minneapolis-based writer and teacher Caren Stelson joins Patty Peltekos to discuss her book, “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.”
In August 1945, the atomic bombs released on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki exploded with unprecedented force and energy. The two atomic bombs did what they were designed to do: they released the energy of atoms splitting. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to another result: Japan’s unconditional surrender to the United States. The war in the Pacific was over. But the citizens of Japan, and the United States, are still feeling the effects today.
As an adult, Sachiko was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Doctors learned from atomic blast survivors like Sachiko. One of the things they learned is that the thyroid gland of infants and children soaks up radioactive iodine. For blast survivors, that damage wasn’t apparent until adulthood.