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Rebuilding as a City of Peace

Ten years after the end of the war Hiroshima was recovering rapidly. One important reason was the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law enacted in 1949. This law said that Hiroshima, the first city in human history to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, should take on the role of appealing to the world for peace. Thus, the national government provided money to help the city rebuild as a city of peace. In parts of town full of shacks hastily thrown together for emergency shelter, real houses were built, roads were widened, and life began settling down. The city gradually took on its new form and role.

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Photos of downtown Hiroshima from 1945 (immediately after the bomb) to 1953
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Photo by Kichita Kishimoto
Courtesy: Hiroshima Municipal Archives
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