Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Journal 8: Kristen

Part One: After finishing Hiroshima something that struck me as meaningful is how the survivors lead their lives years after the bombing. Not only that, but the reflections that come with it. "It would be impossible to say what horrors were embedded in the minds of the children who lived through the day of the bombing in Hiroshima. On the surface, their recollections, months after the disaster, were of an exhilarating adventure." (Hershey 90). This was just one of many meaningful quotes. Another thing that stood out to me was how everyone seemed to move on from the horrific bombing. "... to start a practice in his father's town but also to withdraw from Hiroshima and, in effect, from being a hibakusha. For the next four decades, he also never spoke to anyone about the hours and days after the bombing" (103). Dr. Sasaki not only moved on, but moved away and started a new life treating people at a clinic of his own. One thing I want to remember and takeaway from this book is all the terrible health outcomes that people had because of the bombing. It is truly horrific, but it also makes you realize why this event is so important. We need to learn from our past.

Part Two: The first bombing on London by Germany occurred during WWI on May 31, 1951. Germany hoped that they would instill so much fear into Britain that they would leave the war. The Blitz on London occurred on September 7, 1940 during WWII. Both attacks in WWI and WWII were strategic bombings implemented on London by Germany.
Click on the link below and it will show the bombings on London during WWI and casualties: https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~wgreen/ECDstratbombIge.html
Click the link below to see information on WWII bombings (Blitz):
St. Paul's Cathedral in London during 
The Blitz of WWII.

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