EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has the world's largest collection of interviews with survivors of the U.S.'s atomic-bombing of Japan who live in North and South America.
The Robert Vincent Voice Library has acquired 56 interviews with people who survived the 1945 bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The interviews can be heard online through the library's public access catalog.
Japanese filmmaker Shinpei Takeda collected the interviews for his documentary "Hiroshima Nagasaki Download." Michigan State assistant professor Naoko Wake says most interviews are in Japanese, with some in English.
Wake says there are about 1,150 remaining atomic bomb survivors in North and South America. She says among the biggest problems they face is access to medical care for issues like cancer, which most of them blame on the bombs' radiation.