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We all know the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Cities were targeted by nuclear bombs dropped by U.S. armed forces during World War II in retaliation for the attack that killed hundreds of people in Pearl Harbor. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated after the attack.
Thousands of people lost their lives that day and others were saved in what seemed like a miracle. But the miracle quickly became a curse for those who survived. The radiation destroyed their lives, causing them to become sick all over, they were marginalized by their own people and their lives were destined to live under a cursed stigma.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the cities of the “Hibakusha” after the nuclear bomb.
The people who survived were initially given all the help they needed, but it was not long before their own compatriots began to reject them because of a false belief that they could transmit the diseases that had been generated by radioactivity.
The life of the Hibakusha quickly became hell. Many preferred to leave their lives behind and changed their names, moved and kept their identity a secret, an act of total shame for Japan at the time. However, people who only suffered discrimination might be considered the luckiest because many others had a much darker fate.
The medical tests on the Hibakusha, after the nuclear bombing.
Many of the bomb survivors were selected for medical testing by the Japanese government. The first time that experimental cures for their ills were being worked out in their laboratories was more than enough for the hopeful wretches to accept.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
It is necessary to remember that during that time, the Japanese government and was a strategic ally of Nazi Germany, so there were many concentration camps in the nation.
Many Hibakusha were used as guinea pigs for experiments, even after World War II. Some were fortunate enough to have actually been able to test some cures against diseases, but knowing all the atrocities that happened in Nazi laboratories, it is not too difficult to imagine the tests that were performed in the laboratories of their allies.