Peace activist and prominent Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor Koko Tanimoto Kondo will give the keynote address at COA graduation.Peace activist and prominent Hiroshima nuclear bomb survivor Koko Tanimoto Kondo will give the keynote address at COA graduation. Credit: Ian C. Bates/The Athens NewsBAR HARBOR, MAINE (AP) — An atomic bomb survivor is delivering the commencement address at the College of the Atlantic in Maine.

Koko Tanimoto Kondo is a peace activist who was 8 months old when the first atomic bomb detonated near her home in Hiroshima. She and her mother were buried under rubble.

At age 10, she was with her father in the United States when they met the co-pilot of the B-29 that dropped the bomb on a TV show. She said she wanted revenge but that meeting Air Force Capt. Robert Lewis changed her mindset, and helped her to learn how to forgive.

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