Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget

Dark green book cover
Download Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget

The book Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget contains the testimonies of over 50 hibakusha—survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. The testimonies were collected and published by the Soka Gakkai Youth Division in Japan in 2017 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda’s Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.

The publication aims to contribute to the creation of a groundswell of peace activism that can be taken up by successive generations. Setsuko Morita, who lived through the bombing of Hiroshima, concludes her testimony with these words: “I have no faith in leaders who continue to claim we need nuclear weapons. But if we speak to the next generation, they may grow up and join with each other to get rid of these weapons. Children are the wellspring of peace.”

The Soka Gakkai in Japan began collecting the experiences of the hibakusha and of others who have survived war in 1974 and has published more than 100 anti-war books.

Download a PDF version of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That We Never Forget here.

Composite photo of female hibakusha–atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace, a video series of hibakusha stories created by the Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee