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Accession Number: 01-1006


Recalling Hiroshima and Nagasaki fonds / Issued by the Atomic Bomb Information Center. -- 1981. -- 1 item (12 p.).

Biography / History

During World War II, atomic bombs were used to attack Japan by the United States of America. Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. These were the first atomic bombs to be used in warfare. Two hundred and forty thousand Japanese civilians died.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

Fonds consists of a folder of 12 sheets of photographs which show the effects of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. The 14 photographs are of individuals, and of the landscape of the area. The photographs were issued with the purpose of "calling for the issuance of a bill to protect atomic bomb survivors and calling for a total ban of atomic weapons". (Taken from the folder which encloses the photographs.) The text on the folder and the photographs is written in Japanese.


Title based on the caption on the folder.

This fonds was donated by an unknown source.

The entire fonds is in Japanese.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Fonds located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 39.

Translations provided by Naomichi Aoki.

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Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 39

Following is a translation of the captions found on the photographs.

1. Shadow of a person imprinted on the steps. Someone was sitting here on the front steps of Sumitomo Bank facing the hypocenter at that moment.

2. Shadow made by the extremely intense heat rays. The flash hit and burnt the road surface, leaving a shadow of a cart. Man-tai-bashi Bridge. Hiroshima. Photo taken by Bijin Matsue.

3. Reminder of death. Seven years after the A-bomb explosion, two hundred and fifty-two bodies of bones, of which many had been buried, or left on the ground, were excavated from five different places in Saka-machi, Angei-gun, Hiroshima, July 30, 1952. Hiroshima. Photo provided by Chu-goku Newspapers.

4. "Ura-kami-tenshu-do" Church. The Catholic church "Ura-kami-tenshu-do" of Ura-kami, which had taken thirty years to build, had only some walls standing an instant after the A-bomb explosion. The dome fell in an instant. It stood five hundred meters east of the hypocenter. Early October in Nagasaki. Photo taken by Torahiko Ogawa.

5. A mother and infant waiting to be treated. While waiting for their turn, the mother was feeding her baby although she did not seem to know what was really happening. The photo was taken in front of the Michi-no-o station, 3.6 km north of the hypocenter. Around 2 p.m. on August 10. Nagasaki. Photo taken by Yohsuke Yamahashi.

6. Hiroshima, 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945.

7. First degree burn treatment. Burn from heat rays does not heal easily. This victim was found alive and well in the summer of 1973. She was a mother of three children. At Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital in October, 1945. Photo taken by Shun-kichi Kikuchi.

8. "Shin-ko-zen Special Emergency Hospital". Early September.

9. Victim of radioactivity. A young girl lost her hair by being exposed to radioactivity. Nagasaki. Photo taken by Yasuo Tomishige.

10. A young boy. A young boy burnt to death. Near town of Iwa-kawa, 700 m south of hypocenter. Nagasaki. Photo taken by Yohsuke Yamahashi.

11. Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945.

12. Waiting for help. No one can move anymore. Everyone is hurt. A small child is sitting beside a body, too painful to see. After 10:00 a.m. on August 10. Near the town of Ito-nokuchi, 1.5 km south of hypocenter. Photo taken by Yohsuke Yamahashi.

13. City of death. Facing west standing on the second block of the main street. The A-bomb dome is seen. Still smoke is rising. It is still hot. No one is in sight. 400 m east of hypocenter. Around noon on August 7. Hiroshima. Photo taken by Kogi Kishida.

14. O-sai-wai-bashi Bridge around 11 a.m. on August 6. From the black smoke and a wild fire, people whose skins are hanging are walking towards me. Some are sitting. Some are laying moaning, and the foot of the bridge is being filled with those people. 2.2 km south of hypocenter. Hiroshima. Photo taken by Bijin Matsue.