October 2, 2020 at 4:45 pm

75th Anniversary of WWII | Shigeko Sasamori Talks about Surviving Hiroshima, Oct. 30

Shigeko Sasamori, portrait

Shigeko Sasamori

To help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ohio University hosts a talk by Shigeko Sasamori (age 88), survivor of the atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. Her talk is titled “August 6th, 1945: My Story.”

  • This event is open to the public through Zoom. For details on how to access the talk, contact Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Dr. Taka Suzuki, or Dr. Christopher Thompson (Linguistics).
  • Educational materials that contextualize the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Sasamori’s experiences can be provided upon request.

Sasamori will share her thoughts of that fateful day and its aftermath. She also will talk about how she and her family survived the bombing and her eventual selection for the Hiroshima Maidens Project in 1955.

Sasamori eventually emigrated to the United States, where she has lived for more than 50 years. She will be assisted in her talk by Dr. Kazumi Hatasa, Professor of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University, who assists her to help share the message that hope for the future and world peace is still possible today despite this tragic historic event.

This ZOOM event will be hosted by Thompson, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture in Linguistics, who himself grew up in Hiroshima and has strong personal ties to the city.

Sasamori’s talk is sponsored by the Contemporary History Institute, the Linguistics Department, and the Asian Studies program at OHIO. This event is sponsored in lieu of a more robust program on World War II and Hiroshima, planned by faculty associated with these units originally scheduled for September 2020, which has now been postponed until next year due to COVID-19 concerns.


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