I want to ask about the children of the United States.
Some time ago in America when someone tried to hold an A-bomb exhibition, an opposition campaign occurred and the exhibition was stopped. At about that time, or maybe later, I heard that some children in the US started a campaign to hold an A-bomb exhibition. However, the person who told me this is not certain and does not know the facts. If such a thing really did happen, please tell me the details.

In the summer of 1995, fifty years after the atomic bombing, the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. decided to hold a special exhibition of materials related to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was to accompany a display featuring the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

This exhibition was fiercely opposed by veterans groups (people who previously served in America's armed forces) and other groups, so the exhibit never took place. I believe this is the opposition campaign you mentioned. For more information about this, please look at the following books.

Material about A-bomb Exhibitions in the US
- An Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the History of Enola Gay, Martin Harwit, Springer-Verlag, NY, 1996
- Judgment at the Smithsonian, Philip Nobile, Marlowe & Co., NY, 1995

We are not aware of any American children starting a movement to hold an A-bomb exhibition. However, from July 8 to 27, 1995, the year the exhibition was cancelled, the efforts of second generation survivors (children of survivors) studying at American University in Washington, D.C., led to a joint A-bomb exhibition sponsored by Hiroshima City and American University. This exhibition generated considerable reaction.

Since then, Hiroshima and Nagasaki hold A-bomb exhibitions in about two cities per year outside of Japan.


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