Hibakusha is the term given to those people who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
It is also used to include all those who have suffered from exposure to ionizing radiation that is a product of the nuclear fuel chain. As the major focus of Youth Arts New York since 2009, the mission of Hibakusha Stories is to pass the legacy of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to a new generation and to empower them with tools to build a world free of nuclear weapons.
Hibakusha Stories offers a website filled with educational resources aimed at the secondary school learner. Resources include:
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Creating Curriculum
70th anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: testimony, memoir, remembrance
The Humanitarian Initiative: contemporary action for nuclear disarmament by governments and NGOs
The atom bomb in our back yard: nuclear power
Nuclear controversies I: the decision to use nuclear weapons
Nuclear controversies II: racism and nuclear weapons
Articles by and about our Hibakusha Stories Fellows, particularly Shigeko Sasamori, Clifton Truman Daniel and Setsuko Thurlow, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and 2016 Arms Control Association Person of the Year.
For over eight years, Hibakusha Stories brought history into the classroom to inform youth about the dangers of nuclear weapons, nuclear power and the long-lived ionizing radiation that results from these twin technologies. Nothing is more profound than the first hand witness of the hibakusha to help students find the motivation to work for a world free of nuclear weapons. Hibakusha Stories provides resources for students to pro-actively respond to the real dangers of nuclear weapons through art, science and culture.
During the 2016 – 2017 school year we will be presenting our annual Teaching Hiroshima and Nagasaki professional development workshop at the United Nations on election day, November 8 and a week of workshops in Tulsa, OK.
Hibakusha Stories director Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, continues to work independently with hibakusha in educational institutions, the United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations. You may contact her through our Contact page.