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Hiroshima - Silent witness

I have long hesitated to upload this picture.
Visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park meant that I was confronted with the darkest periods in human history of the past century. In a way it made me think back to my visit of the Memorial in Auschwitz years ago.

But with the commemorating of the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) during these past days and remembering that the purpose of the Peace Memorial Park is not only to memorialize the victims, but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and to advocate world peace, I decided finally to upload this picture of the Atomic Bomb Dome (the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall).
See also two pictures in the workshop.

After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum one thing is very clear:
No one or no country has the right to the possession of nuclear weapons. As long as atomic weapons exist somewhere, there’s a risk that they will also be used. Only complete nuclear abolition will make the world a safer place.

If you want to know more about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, go to: :

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In the years after the atomic bombing on Hiroshima cancer was the leading cause of death. The number of miscarriages in the area around Hiroshima showed a strong upward trend.
Because of the after-effects of ionizing radiation, the death toll eventually rose to about 140.000 at the end of 1945.

According to a study completed in 2004 by the city of Hiroshima, the bombing has cost 237.062 lives in total.

At the second atomic bomb attack in Nagasaki about 70.000 people have been killed (including those resulting of leukemia).

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