AP World History 10
Hiroshima Assignment #1
Miracle, when used in biblical context, is an "event in the external world brought
about by the will of God" or "an occurrence that cannot be explained by the senses". When
focusing on the Biblical interpretation of the word "miracle", it is clear that the Hiroshima survivors
truly went through an extraordinary, remarkable experience. The chances of these people surviving
were so slim, it was truly a work of God. There lives were sparred for a higher purpose. Only
eight blocks away from where the bomb had dropped, one home was left in good condition. The
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When his wife died from breast cancer he went through a very hard time. All of the gruesome memories from the bomb really took a toll on him. The author says "In
1951, Dr. Sasaki decided to quit working for the hospital, with its awful memories" (Hersey 103).
Although he saved so many, he was not satisfied with his past and was never fully able to go on
with his life.
At that time German Jesuit priest Father Wilhem Kleinsorge was living in Hiroshima.
Having survived the bomb he spent his time comforting people and families. Although having
survived the bomb he did suffer from radiation sickness which made him weak. Because he was
not a Japanese person, he was able to recount on what happened and how the Japanese people
responded. He spoke about how they suffered silently. With his new interest in Japanese people he
wanted to unite with them, "He registered himself as a Japanese citizen under the name he would
henceforth bear: Father Makoto Takakura" (Hersey 111). His citizenship showed how much
appreciation he had for the community.