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金田茉莉 – Mari Kaneda

November 3, 2010

Mari Kaneda was nine years old in 1945. As a third grader, she participated in the government’s evacuation program for children and had been living away from her mother and two sisters for several months. However, because her mother had asked that she be sent home, Kaneda returned to Tokyo on the morning of March 10–only to find that the city had been bombed during the night and her neighborhood lie in ruins.

In the following video, Kaneda describes the experience of being orphaned by the Great Tokyo Air Raid and describes the aftermath of the raid as she witnessed it.

The interview (total running time: approximately 12 minutes) was conducted by Cary Karacas in August 2009. Multiple language settings are available through the embedded player’s subtitle controls.