Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story

Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story

Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story

Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman's Story


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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: 1,104,517
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.

Table of Contents

About the Book ix

Authors' Note xi

Chapter 1 It's Hiroshima 1

Chapter 2 The War before the War 13

Chapter 3 Escape to the Rising Sun 31

Chapter 4 Day of Infamy 51

Chapter 5 Oppression 61

Chapter 6 Fighting Back 67

Chapter 7 Secret Mission to Tawi Tawi 89

Chapter 8 Deadly Decision 103

Chapter 9 A Blinding White Light 129

Chapter 10 Unparalleled Devastation 147

Chapter 11 Struggle for Survival 163

Chapter 12 I Must Do Something 179

Chapter 13 All for One and All for Nothing 195

Chapter 14 A One in a Million Chance 203

Chapter 15 Who Is That Girl? 213

Chapter 16 Two GIs in a Jeep 225

Chapter 17 In the Spotlight 233

Chapter 18 Return to Ground Zero 247

Chapter 19 Closure 259

The Family 263

Afterword 267

Acknowledgments 271

Bibliography 275

About the Authors 281

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