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Nurses: Gertrude Shapiro (WWII)

In September 1945, following the end of World War II, Gertrude
Shapiro was sent to Hiroshima, Japan as part of the first medical
landing group of Americans assigned to treat Japanese patients
suffering from the effects of the atomic bomb (dropped August 6,

Tragically Gertrude suffered many illnesses throughout her life
and died a premature death from cancer in 1972, most likely because
of exposure to radiation from the atomic bomb.

Gertrude Shapiro circa 1940s
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Gertrude Shapiro, a WWII army nurse, leans out the window of a small aircraft circa 1940s.
Gertrude Shapiro in Hiroshima circa 1945
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Gertrude Shapiro (right) stands with city residents in Hiroshima, Japan, circa 1945.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Nurses: Gertrude Shapiro (WWII)." (Viewed on January 19, 2019) <>.


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