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Feb. 5, 2010

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will hold a live Web conference with Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Iwao Nakanishi at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in the Reinhart Center 127.

The event will be hosted by students in a history honors course taught by faculty member Michael Smuksta. It is free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

Nakanishi was 15-years-old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945 at the end of World War II. Working at an army depot, he was approximately 1.7 miles from ground zero. Nakanishi, a guide at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum since 1999, will share his story through an interpreter.

Steve Leeper, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, will follow Nakanishi’s presentation with a brief presentation on current nuclear issues. A 15-minute question and answer session will conclude the evening.

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