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A-bomb Artifacts

ID Code 9104-0439
Artifact Name Dictionary
Donor FUKUTOMI Tsukasa
Receiving Date 2015/04/21
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 130×190×20
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 2000
Number 1
Location Kokutaiji, Senda areas
Description Dictionary
Donated by Tsukasa Fukutomi
Approx. 2,000m from the hypocenter Senda-machi
Ms. Katsuko Osawa (then, 10) was exposed to the A-bombing while at home in Senda-machi together with her father Choji, grandmother Tomi, and elder brother Takashi. The house collapsed. Carried on his father’s back, she escaped together with her brother to their relative’s home outside the city. A few days later, they found Tomi, who had become separated from them, and took her to the relative’s home. Countless shards of glass were stuck in Tomi’s body. The shards continued to be extracted from her body for many years after the end of the war.
This dictionary is what Katsuko had with her when she evacuated from her home. Katsuko really liked studying and preserved the dictionary with considerable care until she died. She seldom talked about the atomic bombing. All she said about the disaster was that she had literally seen hell while escaping, and could never forget the smell in the city of that time.


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