Hiroshima survivor to speak at St. Norbert College

Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, October 29, 2010
by Stephen Schumacher, stephen.schumacher@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Hiroshima survivor, Hideko Tamura, will be giving a lecture titled "Hiroshima: Creating a Future without Nuclear Arms" on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Ft. Howard Theater on the St. Norbert College campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Tamura will give her account of the days and years following the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Born in Tokyo, Tamura moved with her family to Hiroshima after her father was drafted into the military. In a day marked in history, Tamura lost her mother, relatives, classmates, her young cousin Hideyuki and best friend Miyoshi. She was only 10-years-old.

Now, sixty-three years have passed, and Tamura has found the courage to share her testimony of what happened on that day. Tamura continues to share her story in hopes of aspiring change and preventing the history of Hiroshima's bombing from being repeated.

Today, Tamura continues her work through her educational organization called OSD (One Sunny Day) Initiatives. The organization provides ways to connect people for purposes of reconciliation and collective healing.

Tamura also wrote the book One Sunny Day: A Child's Memories of Hiroshima, a vivid account of Tamura's memories of the Hiroshima bomb and its aftermath as she explores her struggle to find meaning in the absurd reality of war and the dawn of the atomic age.

For more information, contact Catherine Kasten, program coordinator at St. Norbert College, at (920) 403-3919 or catherine.kasten@snc.edu.