Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story

Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story

by Anthony Drago, Douglas Wellman

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Overview

On August 6, 1945, 22-year-old Kaleria Palchikoff was doing pre-breakfast chores when a blinding flash lit the sky over Hiroshima, Japan. A moment later, everything went black as the house collapsed on her and her family. Their world, and everyone else's, changed as the first atomic bomb was detonated over a city. From Russian nobility, the Palchikoff's barely escaped death at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries until her father, a White Russian officer, hijacked a ship to take them to safety in Hiroshima. Safety was short lived. Her father, a talented musician, established a new life for the family, but the outbreak of World War II created a cloud of suspicion that led to his imprisonment and years of deprivation for his family. After the bombing, trapped in the center of previously unimagined devastation, Kaleria summoned her strength to come to the aid of bomb victims, treating the never-before seen effects of radiation. Fluent in English, Kaleria was soon recruited to work with Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s occupation forces in a number of secretarial positions until the family found a new life in the United States. Heavily based on quotes from Kaleria's memoirs written immediately after World War II, and transcripts of United States Army Air Force interviews with her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608082360
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 357,790
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Anthony “Tony” Drago (Kaleria Palchikoff’s son) is a former Public Safety Officer who spent his twenty-five year career serving the community of Sunnyvale, California as both a firefighter and police officer. Douglas Wellman was a television producer-director for 35 years, as well as the assistant dean of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic arts.

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