Highlights Double Atomic Bombing Survivor

Lincroft, NJ –Brookdale Community College’s Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution begins its “Tenth Anniversary” of special events with the Fall Studies Series starting September 21. Columbia University military historian Chad Diehl will present “The Mushroom Cloud Followed Me to Nagasaki – the Memories of a Double Atomic Bombing Survivor.”

Diehl will share the story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi who survived two atomic bombings. Yamaguchi witnessed the destruction of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and three days later, he watched a second atomic bomb consume his home town, Nagasaki. In March 2009, Yamaguchi was officially recognized by the Japanese government as a double survivor.

Yamaguchi dealt with his trauma by composing poetry about his experiences. Diehl has translated this poetry and will share the history of the bombings, Yamaguchi’s story, his poetry and the little known story of the double atomic bombing survivors, almost 65 years to the date of this presentation.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m. in the Warner Student Life Center, upper level Navesink II room. For questions regarding the event, call the Center for WWII Studies & Conflict Resolution at 732-224-2086 or contact Paul Zigo, Center Director, at 732-224-2029.

The event code is XWWTS 222-PR and is $12 for adults, $5 for students; Brookdale students are free. Register by calling 732-224-2315.