A Young Woman’s Story
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.
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 General
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, her story is an emotional, and sometimes chilling,
story of courage and survival in the face of one history’s greatest catastrophes.
ISBN 978-1-60808-236-0 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-60808-237-7 (eBook)
Retail Price: $16.95 (Paperback); $7.99 (eBook)
Historical WWII/Women’s Biography/Survival
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