Profiles of People Featured in the Film
(in order of appearance)
Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon
USA Senator Hatfield was a young naval lieutenant who was part of the first occupying
forces in Japan after the surrender following the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima
and Nagasaki. He had also seen action against the Japanese during the war. After the
war he became a University lecturer and politician. He is one of the longest serving
Republican Senators in the USA.
Greg Mitchell is a New York based journalist and co-author of "Hiroshima in America".
Lt Col Daniel A. McGovern
Lt Col McGovern was a young lieutenant who, like Senator Hatfield, was one of the
first outsiders to see Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. He was
also part of the film department of the occupying forces and was responsible for
taking charge of the Japanese film crew who took the only atomic bomb footage in
August and in the months afterwards. Lt Col McGovern made his own copy of this
unique film footage. Twenty years later the CIA had lost their original copy and
McGovern revealed his copy.
A survivor of Hiroshima. Isao was 12 years old and part of the class of 12 and 13
year olds who were on the streets of the centre of Hiroshima helping to widen the
streets so that there would be fire breaks in the city to prevent devastating fires
from conventional bombs which had destroyed large areas of Tokyo. Over two thirds
of these schoolchildren died from the atomic bomb attack.
A survivor of Hiroshima. Takeko was 22 years old and on the outskirts of the city
when the bomb was dropped. Her mother and sister and brother-in-law were in the
family home in the city. Her mother was trapped in the house with the fires around
her and she told Takeko's sister to run away and save herself. Her last words to
her were to tell Takeko "Have a good marriage". Takeko describes returning to the
house the next day to find her mother and brother-in-law's remains. Takeko met
her husband soon afterwards - he is Dr Nakayama, also interviewed in the film -
and they have been happily married for over fifty years.
Michiko, like Isao, was with her classmates in the city of Hiroshima when the bomb
was dropped. Her friend saw the plane that was about to drop the bomb and pointed
to it. Michiko looked up and at that moment the bomb exploded. Michiko was rescued
by her mother who did not recognize her burnt body but recognised her daughter's
voice. In the 1950s Michiko had multiple plastic surgery operations on her face
and body from the burns. Her friend did not survive. Michiko gives talks to
Miyoko was also a schoolgirl when the bomb was dropped. Miyoko, like Michiko,
has had multiple plastic skin operations and has also had radiation-linked cancer.
Miyoko now gives talks to schoolchildren at the
Hiroshima Peace Museum about her experiences and has travelled to schools in
Europe and USA to give talks.
Yoshimi was a news photographer and took the only photos of Hiroshima on the
morning the bomb was dropped.
Dr Nakayama treated the Hiroshima survivors and witnessed the acute and long
term effects of radiation in the patients. He is married to Takeko Nakayama.
Dr Neriishi works at the
Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima.
This is an American-Japanese institution, it took over from the controversial
American Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission which was set up in 1951 to analyse
the effects of the bomb on the survivors.
Keiko was a little girl when the bomb was dropped. Her father was responisble for
burying the burnt corpses in the immediate aftermath and he never spoke about his
experience. Keiko runs the Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace (HIP) who were invaluable
in this film project.
Dr Martin Harwit
Dr Harwit is an astrophysicist and was head of America's Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum in Washington DC when a fiftieth anniversary exhibit of the plane that
dropped the bomb over Hiroshima, the Enola Gay, was being planned. In the film Dr Harwit talks about the controversy and abandonment of this exhibit which led to his