“As Mrs. Nakamura stood watching her neighbor, everything flashed whiter than any white she had ever seen.”

Hatsuyo_Nakamura

“As Mrs. Nakamura stood watching her neighbor, everything flashed whiter than any white she had ever seen. She did not notice what happened to the man next door; the reflex of a mother set her in motion toward her children.  She had taken a single step (the house was 1,350 yards, or three-quarters of a mile, from the center of the explosion) when something picked her up and she seemed to fly into the next room over the raised sleeping platform, pursued by parts of her house.”

John Hersey, Hiroshima (Bronx, N.Y.: Ishi Press International, 1946), 12-13.

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