WWII memory: Girl survived Tokyo firebombing thanks to others who piled on top of her and died

March 9, 2015 7:30 AM

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WWII memory: Girl survived Tokyo firebombing thanks to others who piled on top of her and died

In this Feb. 11 2015 photo, Haruyo Nihei speaks next to a painting depicting a pile of victims of Tokyo Firebombing at the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage. Nihei was only 8-years-old when the biggest attack of the war, the firebombing of central Tokyo, killed over 100,000 people and left hundreds of thousands more homeless. She fled with her family and watched as many others were burned alive. As the flames swept over her, she was sheltered by her father and many others who piled on top of them who suffocated or burned to death. (AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi) (The Associated Press)

In this March 1, 2015 photo, Haruyo Nihei speaks at a room depicting the situation at that time of WWII under the blackout order at the Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage. Nihei was only 8-years-old when the biggest attack of the war, the firebombing of central Tokyo, killed over 100,000 peopl...

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