2008年11月10日

An A-bomb Survivor from Hiroshima

Goteborg Newspaper, September 18, 2008

Around 20 people who gathered in Backa Kulturhus intently listened to Keiko Murakami, whose life has been full of ups and downs.
The story of how she survived the A-bombing in Hiroshima was beyond words, but at the same time the way she has lived since then was inspiring.
Sitting at the front, Mari Spendrup said that it was wonderful she could listen to a person who really experienced the A-bombing.
On August 6, 1945, Keiko was at home in Hiroshima, only 1.7k. from the hypocenter. With her friend Hjordis Anderson interpreting for her, Keiko told how all her family members miraculously survived, but that the physical and mental trauma lasted all through their lives.
With her husband Karl nodding beside her, Mari Spendrup said that she was moved to find Keiko Murakami’s strength, in spite of all such experiences. Karl added that it is difficult for us who have never experienced such a thing to understand it.

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The audience was certainly moved, but it took a long time before Keiko could speak about her own experience. She had never wanted to talk about her experience to others until she met Hjordis Anderson 18 years ago. However, in time she realized that it was her obligation and mission to tell her experience. She concluded her story, saying that she would like people, young people in particular, to listen to her experience so that they can turn their efforts to world peace, since the number of A-bomb survivors is getting fewer year by year.

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