HIROSHIMA — Masahiro Sasaki was only 4 years old when the B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped its atomic bomb on Hiroshima, wiping out the central part of the city on that sunny Aug. 6, 1945, morning.
With the help of her family and friends, she [Sadako] was able to achieve her first 1,000 cranes and was in the middle of her second round when she passed away.
And to the day she died, she never let her family know that she was aware of her disease. It was only in notes she had written that were found later with records of her blood tests that the family realized the young girl had known she was dying.
Sasaki said his father was especially wary of the way Sadako had become commercialized and expressed concern that the stories being told about her weren’t necessarily true.
It was through these activities that Sasaki met Clifton Truman Daniel, the oldest grandson of U.S. President Harry Truman — the man who ordered the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Daniel became interested in Sadako’s story when his son, 9 years old at the time, read about the young girl and her paper cranes.
Both Daniel and Sasaki have expressed their happiness at being able to meet and work together to overcome the tragedies of the past.
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