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  Question #2:
There are frequently images of peoples' bodies bloodied by countless shards of glass, and faces missing eyeballs.
But it looks like you were spared this fate.
What do you think about the images commonly portrayed in Atomic Bomb victims' depictions?
 

Oct.26-2011@U.N. These images are symbolic of victims of the A-bomb to most people. Keloid scars for instance are symbolic of A-bomb victims in the minds of some of the members of the "...." .

But there was more to being at Ground Zero than the intense burns.

Come to think of it, it's the wall that fell on top of me and broke my hip that saved me from these burns.

To me, the mark of an A-bomb victim is the time-bomb that they carry inside them.

My father, who was working in the field in his underwear came back screaming "They got me! They got me!" His back-side was un-harmed, but his front was horribly bloodied. I thought to myself that he wasn't going to make it.

My mother was luckily reaching for something underneath the dining room table, so she got away with some minor cuts that she got from the shards of glass on the floor.

Then the neighbors slowly gathered, but no one knew what happened.

Everyone was at a loss.

We each thought that an incendiary bomb went off right by our respective houses.


【Some background information:Incendiary bombs】
 Starting the summer of 1945, the Allied forces had come within Air-strike distance of mainland Japan, and had commenced with air raids. At the time of the 2nd World War, most Japanese houses were made of paper and wood. Because of this, the Allied forces chose to use Incendiary bombs, which are designed to cause and spread fires instead of breaking buildings by force of explosion and impact.
 People kept coming out of the city, but many of them were in poor shape.
My friend's younger sister for instance had lost half the flesh from her stomach…
"Ocean-ward await sunken corpses. Towards the mountains bodies lining the fields"

You all (young students) probably can't even imagine. To put it in terms of a color, it would be a dark, morbid grey world.

Fortunately, a nurse that had experienced the Kanto Earthquake disaster was a neighbor of ours. We asked her to look after us. I'd wash the gauze / sheets every day so we could give my father fresh dressing daily.
The nurse would get up and say "Sir, here we go!", and rip off the sheets.
And my father would let loose a scream that would rattle through the house.

Thanks to our efforts, though, my father never had a problem with maggots spawning from his wound. Maggots are the larvae of flies. They would spawn from the dead, and could also spawn in the dead flesh of the living.