SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

A Voice from Hiroshima - Setsuko Thurlow

Ms. Setsuko Thurlow

Date: 21 March 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 21 March 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: 0

Chair: Dr Griseldis Kirsch

The Remarkable Setsuko Thurlow

As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Setsuko Thurlow found herself pressed into action by the Japanese Imperial Army, decoding secret messages. Her first official day of work, with about 30 other high school students, was set for August 6th 1945. Just as Major Yanai gave the girls their marching orders, Sestsuko remembers a blueish white flash and a force of wind that lifted her body skyward. She would later regain consciousness in close proximity to ground zero of the world’s first atomic blast used in war. Her beloved city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a single ‘bomb’ nicknamed Little Boy. A survivor of one of the most pivotal events in modern history, Setsuko has displayed enormous courage and leadership throughout her long life, sharing her atomic bomb experiences in order to inform people about the real consequences of nuclear war.


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A Voice from Hiroshima - Setsuko Thurlow

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