Paper: Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge's Account of the Atomic Bombing of Japan

In fact he gave others hope. He gave his doses of penicillin to people who were in fact not as sick. And he converted many people to catholic religion. And | am sure that Father no longer thinks of the bomb, because he is dead. But his family, no doubt, remembers it well. | think that Father Kleinsorge and his family think neither bad or good about the bomb. They know that the bomb brought peace through terror. Therefor, the bomb killed many, but saved many more. They probably do not like the Americans very much; but then again, they are German, so they have lots of reasons to hate us. Hiroshima, city on southwestern Honsh Island, Japan, capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, at the head of Hiroshima Bay. The city was founded in 1594 on six islands in the ta River delta. Hiroshima grew rapidly as a castle town and commercial city, and after 1868 it was developed as a military center. On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-1945), the first atomic bomb to be used against an enemy position was dropped on the city by the United States Army Air Forces (see Nuclear Weapons). According to U.S. estimates 60,000 to 70,000 people were killed or missing as a result of the bomb and many more were made homeless. (In 1940 the population of Hiroshima had been 343,698.) The blast also destroyed more than 10 sq. km (4-sq. mi.) of the city, completely destroying 68 percent of Hiroshima's buildings; another 24 percent were damaged. Every August 6 since 1947, thousands participate in interfaith services in the Peace Memorial Park built on the site where the bomb exploded. In 1949 the Japanese dedicated Hiroshima as an international shrine of peace. After the war, the city was largely rebuilt, and commercial activities were resumed. Machinery, automobiles, food processing, and the brewing of sake are the main industries. The surrounding area, although mountainous, has fertile valleys where silk, rice, and wheat are produced. Population (1990) 1,085,705....