The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Cleem Konig (born 1923), a Dutch veteran of World War II (WW2). ."My brother Klaas and I were prisoners of war in a camp near Nagasaki.  We did hard labour in the coal mines.  On 9 August the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and the war was over.  The Americans didn't come to get us from the camp until 19 September.  They drove us through Nagasaki to the harbour.  Once I was on board the aircraft carrier, .I was decontaminated with DDT powder and hosed down with water.  I didn't know anything about the atom bomb and thought it was treatment for my lice.  In the fifties, I got swollen lymph glands in my neck and a rash on my arms and legs.  I was constantly tired.  All the doctors I saw brushed it off as something harmless.  It was not until the seventies that they discovered that I had a form of leukaemia."."I must have had about twenty malignant tumours now, all over my skin and in my bone marrow. I have had lots of operations, had six courses of chemotherapy and a blood transfusion, but it hasn't gone. I've now got a malignant tumour on my finger and have to have another operation soon. A long time ago I went to visit Klaas, who lives in America.  His skin was in the same state as mine, but he didn't know what it was.  I asked him whether he'd told the doctors about the atom bomb. 'No', he said, 'they've never asked me about that.' His test results showed that he had the same cancer as me.  He's died of it now.  Even so, the Americans did a good thing by dropping the atom bombs.  Otherwise the Japanese would have carried on fighting and we would have been prisoners of war for a lot longer.  We wouldn't have survived that.". CHECK with MRM/FNA