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Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura
A mother of three children and a widow who lives in Hiroshima, Japan. This woman escapes the bombing, yet suffers illness due to poisoning for many years along with her children; and she also faces difficulties in finding work. Also, due to the bombing, this woman’s house is destroyed.
Dr. Terufumi Sasaki
An aspiring surgeon who works at the Red Cross Hospital in Hiroshima. This doctor is impacted by the bombing, for repairs may victims after the bombing. Also, after the World War 1 ends, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki examines the effects and the illnesses caused by this nuclear weapon.
Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge
A German priest who also lives in Hiroshima. This priest helps Ms. Sasaki recover, who later becomes a nun. Later after the bombing when he becomes a Japanese citizen, he changes his name to Father Makoto Takakura.
This clerk works for a tin company in Hiroshima. After World War 1, she becomes a nun with the help of Father Kleinsorge, and she changes her name to Sister Dominique Sasaki.
Dr. Masakazu Fujii
This doctor’s clinic completely collapses when the bomb strikes Hiroshima. He is seriously injured, and fails to help anyone else. Years later, he suffers a sudden unknown illness.
Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto
A Methodist who lives in Hiroshima. Plays the role of a physician in helping many victims of the bomb. Later, he becomes a peace activist. He has a daughter named Koko.
The 10 year old boy who is the son of Mrs. Nakamura. After the death of a close friend (due to the bombing) this boy experiences many nightmares.
A badly injured priest.
Another badly injured priest.
Another priest who helps with treating the victims of the bomb. He also finds the Kataoka children’s mother.
This man held the post of the Nobori-cho Neighborhood Association’s head.
A hater of all Christians. He indicts Mr. Tanimoto of being a detective. On his death-bed, Mr. Tanimoto reads him a poem.
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