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Los Altos Hills resident Nobuko Saito Cleary, from left, Stanford University Professor Emeritus Barton Bernstein and Japanese historian Shigeaki Mori meet recently at Saito Cleary’s home to discuss the events that led to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945.
Shigeaki Mori remembers the day he was “inside the mushroom cloud,” when the atom bomb hit Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. The 8-year-old boy, thrown into a stream, couldn’t see his hands in front of him in the pitch-black darkness as he got out of the water and wandered in fear amid the chaos and carnage around him.
That infamous day, which cost nearly 150,000 lives, continues to consume Mori at age 81. It inspired his life’s purpose as a historian. Still-lingering physical ailments are constant reminders of that day nearly 73 years ago.