Surviving Hiroshima

A Young Woman’s Story

A uniquely human story of a young Russian girl and her family who endured a lifetime of struggle, with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima representing an end as well as a new beginning.

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Reader Reviews

“For an insightful perspective and a rare glimpse of WWII history, the war’s effect on survivors’ families and children, and the hellish story and aftermath of the August 1945 Hiroshima bombing, this is an essential book that you won’t put down.”

– Robert Simeral

Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

“Surviving Hiroshima is an unforgettable human drama and a moving memory of Kaleria Palchikoff Drago who at 24 years of age was living with her family in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945. Her personal accounts of that experience and afterwards for her, her family and their Japanese neighbors and friends are riveting, inspirational and often sad. As her son and author Anthony Drago writes, ‘It’s a story of hope and perseverance that others may model when life turns against them.’

– Robert Ord

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.) – Former Commander of U.S. Army Pacific

“An absolutely fascinating and deftly crafted true life biography that reads with all the drama of a well penned novel, “Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman’s Story” is a riveting read from beginning to end. While especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and college/university library WWII Biographies and Historical Japan Biographies collections.”

– James A. Cox

Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

“The co-authors seamlessly interweave an intimate and historically accurate account. Drago’s family presents characters deserving of recognition for their determined attitudes in the face of drastic circumstances. Wellman’s writing and war expertise illuminate forces the family is up against. Eyewitness statements paint the effects of the bomb in gruesome relief.”

– Mari Carlson

The US Review of Books