Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 Cranes, Part 1

Paper origami cranes at the Children’s Memorial in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images

At the end of World War II, the United States used atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A young girl named Sadako Sasaki eventually developed A-bomb disease as a result of her exposure, and the origami crane became a symbol of her story.

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Topics in this Podcast: World War II, wwii, Japanese history, Sadako Sasaki, warfare, nuclear weapons, cancer