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Yasuaki Yamashita (R) speaks about his experience as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb with Clifton Truman Daniel (C), the oldest grandson of US President Harry S. Truman and Setsuko Thurlow (L) at an event October 17, 2012 bringing together atomic bomb survivors Thurlow and Yamashita and Daniel to promote peace and nuclear disarmament at the Japan Society in New York. Thurlow was a 13-year-old school girl who found herself near the hypocenter of the atomic blast that nearly destroyed Hiroshima, Yamashita was a 6-year-old boy in Nagasaki, the dropping of the atomic bomb was ordered by then US President Truman. The banner lists names of school children killed in Hiroshima from the atomic bomb. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Yasuaki Yamashita (R) speaks about his experience as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb with Clifton Truman Daniel (C), the oldest grandson of US President Harry S. Truman and Setsuko Thurlow (L) at an event October 17, 2012 bringing together atomic bomb survivors Thurlow and Yamashita and Daniel to promote peace and nuclear disarmament at the Japan Society in New York. Thurlow was a 13-year-old school girl who found herself near the hypocenter of the atomic blast that nearly destroyed Hiroshima, Yamashita was a 6-year-old boy in Nagasaki, the dropping of the atomic bomb was ordered by then US President Truman. The banner lists names of school children killed in Hiroshima from the atomic bomb. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) — The conversation in Key West this weekend will involve the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Two of the survivors of the 1945 attack will speak at symposium exploring the nuclear legacy of the American president who authorized the bombings that helped end World War II.

Setsuko Thurlow and Yasuaki Yamashita spoke Friday evening at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, opening the Truman Legacy Symposium.

Thurlow, 13 years old when Hiroshima was bombed, recalled her rescue from a collapsed building before classmates were burned alive inside it. Yamashita, who was 6 when his home was destroyed in Nagasaki, said he spent decades hiding his background because of discrimination against survivors.

Now nuclear disarmament advocates, the two are part of presentations continuing through Sunday that include Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel, who is authoring a book on the bombings.

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