Hibakusha Peace Talk by Ms. Michiko Harada
September 29, 2015
120 Andersen Library
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, West Bank
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of WWII, and the 60th anniversary of close local ties to Nagasaki, the University of Minnesota was pleased to welcome Ms. Michiko Harada, a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) kataribe (storyteller), who traveled from Nagasaki, Japan and talked about her experience with the atomic bomb and why she speaks for peace.
Her story was compelling. Michiko Harada was a six year old girl playing outdoors about 2 ½ miles from the epicenter of the bombing and was injured by flying glass. In the years that followed, she lost many family members to radiation illness and cancer.
We filmed the talk, which is available on our YouTube channel
Turn out was great, with over 75 students and participants from the university and community in attendance. The event was covered by the StarTribune
Held in conjunction with events at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.
Talk organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as part of events made possible by the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee, the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims, and the United States - Japan Foundation. Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of History and the Human Rights Program.