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Setsuko Thurlow is a Hibakusha who was 13 when the attack at Hiroshima collapsed the building she was in, killing most of her classmates. She has spent her life since educating people about the effects of nuclear war, and last year was named Arms Control Association Person of the Year. Dr. Ira Helfand is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and currently serves as the co-president of PSR's global federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1985. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)Later this month, President Obama will visit Hiroshima.