Last year, Hiroshima and Nagasaki observed the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings. One project to commemorate this milestone year was the Nationwide Solicitation of A-bomb Artifacts, Photographs of the Deceased, and Eyewitness Accounts.
A total of 847 wide-ranging materials were received, including clothing and personal effects burned along with the victims and artifacts from the scenes of tragedy that became keepsakes when their owners disappeared forever, and written accounts that help communicate the nature of the atomic bomb destruction. Most have been shut away for 60 years, carefully preserved by their owners. In receiving these donations, we encountered the inexpressible fear, sadness, anger, and hopes for peace hidden deep in the hearts of the owners. The donated items help us share those feelings.
As you sense the emotions of the hibakusha, their families and acquaintances who decided to donate these materials on the 60th anniversary, we hope you will recognize the utter inhumanity of nuclear weapons and do whatever you can to bring enduring peace to the world.
|Overview of the Nationwide Solicitation of A-bomb Artifacts, Photographs of the Deceased, and Eyewitness Accounts|
|��Purpose and Content
As the hibakusha and their families age, concern is growing that precious materials may be lost in the generational transition. In 2005, institutions and media organizations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that share the goal of preserving the A-bomb experience joined to collect A-bomb materials, photos, and written accounts.
We solicited materials with the assistance of survivor organizations and other related groups and by distributing posters and flyers to roughly 600 municipalities and educational and social welfare institutions. We also held touring exhibitions in major cities. Each participating organization received more materials than anticipated.
A-bomb artifacts: Clothing, watches, and other belonging that victims wore or carried when they were exposed
Portraits: Photos and names of persons killed by the atomic bombing
Personal accounts: Accounts, journals, and letters written by the victims, their families, or their friends
July 20, 2004 - March 31, 2006
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
NHK Hiroshima Broadcasting Station
NHK Nagasaki Broadcasting Station
|The Entrusted Past and Future
New Materials Donated for the 60th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings