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August 1, 2017 > Film tells story of A-bomb aftermath, compassion, closure

Film tells story of A-bomb aftermath, compassion, closure

Submitted By Rev. Jeffrey Spencer

Paper Lanterns is the story of two of the 12 American airmen who died in the bombing of Hiroshima August 6, 1945, and the Japanese witness to the bombing who uncovered their stories. The film will be shown August 12 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the free Second Saturday Documentary Series at Niles Discovery Church.

Hundreds of thousands of Japanese died as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As an eight-year-old, Shegeaki Mori witnessed the destruction, and as an adult he wondered about the 12 anonymous U.S. prisoners of war. Believing these men were as worthy of remembrance as any of the victims, he began the decades-long research into who th were.

ÒI believed at the very least the next of kin had to be informed,Ó Mr. Mori explained.

Barry FrechetteÕs film documents Mr. MoriÕs quest for information and how he shared it with the families of Normand Brissette of Massachusetts and Ralph Neal of Kentucky, helping to bring closure and peace to everyone involved.

The film takes its title from the paper lanterns that are floated down the river in front of the Hiroshima Peace Museum every August 6, symbolizing spirits departing this world for the next.

The Second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace & Justice Center.

Paper Lanterns
Saturday, Aug 12
1:30 p.m.
Niles Discovery Church
36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(510) 797-0895

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