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Horoshima Survivors Share Stories of Survival, Commitment to Peace

Contact: Mike Greife


WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 15, 2010) – Three survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that ended World War II will share their stories during the lectures series “No More Hiroshimas: Stories of War and Peace.” Two presentations will be made, the first at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Hendricks Hall on the University of Central Missouri campus in Warrensburg, and the second at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence.

Kiyomi Kohno was 14 years of age, Sadae Kasaoka was 13, and Emiko Okada was eight at the time of the bombing on Aug. 6, 1945. Each will relate her own individual story of survival, and together they will share their joint commitment to peace. They have traveled the world, bringing their message to young and old alike in an attempt to educate the generations that have followed World War II about nuclear war and to foster peaceful solutions to international conflicts.

The multimedia presentation does not debate the decision to employ nuclear weapons at the close of World War II, but chronicles the horrors of nuclear warfare, thereby making sure there are “No More Hiroshimas.”

The event is sponsored by the University of Central Missouri; the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum; The World Friendship Center; UCM University Housing; the Missouri Arts Council; the UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Florence Hill Greer-Oppenheimer General/University Studies Program; the UCM International Center; and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.