(7 Jan 1943 - 25 Oct 1955)
Japanese child who was 2½ years old on 6 Aug 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped near her home in Hiroshima, Japan, at the of World War II. She survived until 1955 when leukemia resulting from the radiation was diagnosed. Believing in a legend that folding 1,000 paper cranes might save her life, she had made 644 by the day she died. Dr Hideki Yukawa contributed a bell to the Children's Peace Monument, inscribed to commemorate her paper cranes.
Science Quotes by Sadako Sasaki (1 quote)
I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.
— Sadako Sasaki
As given in United States Committee for Cooperation with the Japan Council Against A and H Bombs, Report from Hiroshima (1961), 48. The report says Sadako murmured these (translated) words while on her deathbed, holding one of the paper cranes she had folded.
Quotes by others about Sadako Sasaki (2)
This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
Inscription on a stone beneath the statue of Sadako Sasaki, Children's Peace Memorial, Hiroshima, Japan (dedicated 1958).
A Thousand Paper Cranes. Peace on Earth and in the Heavens.
Inscribed, in the handwriting of Yukawa, on the surface of the bell inside the Children’s Peace Monument at Hiroshima, Japan. The crane is a symbol of longevity and happiness in Japan. The monument to mourn all the children whose death was caused by the atomic bomb was inspired by 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who believed that if she could fold 1000 paper cranes she would be cured of the leukemia that resulted from her exposure to the radiation of the atomic bomb when two years old. She died before completing them.