About the Book

On Monday morning, August 6, 1945, when the Enola Gay released the first atomic bomb above Hiroshima, Atsuhiro Ozaki was at work at the Program Section of the Hiroshima Central Broadcast Station, less than 1,000 yards from the detonation point. Thirty-five co-workers died, but because he was in a room protected by thick walls, Mr. Ozaki survived uninjured.

The Song of Hiroshima is Mr. Ozaki’s first person account of what he did and saw over the next few days. The journal contains his observations from those terrible days just after the bomb dropped and his reflections four years later. Ozaki desired to share his experience of the bomb with the American people. He wrote the journal in English with this hope in mind. But his words would lie in a suburban attic in New York, undiscovered for more than fifty years.

In 1999, Prof. Noel Capon and his wife Deanna took on the task of sorting through the belongings of a relative, Lois Crews, who had recently passed away at age 94. While exploring the attic, Prof. Capon came upon a child’s notebook filled with writing. It was Ozaki’s journal.

The notebook had been given to Lois’ husband, Albert Crews after the War. Crews had spent several weeks in Hiroshima as a member of McArthur’s staff, advising members of the local radio station. It was there that he received the handwritten notebook from Atsuhiro Ozaki, the station’s secretary in charge of communication and translation. Ozaki passed his notebook to Crews in the expectation that it would find its way to publication and to the American people. It would take more than half a century before his wishes would be fulfilled.