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Sumiteru Taniguchi

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The Nagasaki survivor whose burned back became a symbol of the suffering of the 1945 atomic bomb victims, has died of cancer aged 88.
    Sumiteru Taniguchi, then 16, had been delivering mail on his newspaper route when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on August 9, 1945.
    Taniguchi survived, but suffered terrible burns on his back and arms, and later became a prominent nuclear disarmament campaigner.
    In January 1946, a U.S. Marine photographer visited a hospital for survivor, and took a photograph of him lying on his stomach, his back exposed.
    The photograph has since been used for decades to depict the injuries suffered by those who survived Nagasaki."
    Postman who survived Nagasaki A-bomb dies at 88 | Daily Mail Online

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