“When he had penetrated the bushes, he saw there were about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state…”

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“On [Father Kleinsorge’s] way back with the water, he got lost on a detour around a fallen tree, and as he looked for his way through the woods, he heard a voice ask from the underbrush, “Have you anything to drink?” He saw a uniform. Thinking there was just one soldier, he approached with the water. When he had penetrated the bushes, he saw there were about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eyesockets [sic] were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks. (They must have had their faces upturned when the bomb went off; perhaps they were anti-aircraft personnel)…”

John Hersey, Hiroshima (Bronx, N.Y.: Ishi International Press, 1946), 68.

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