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Atomic Bomb Memorial

Atomic Bomb Memorial


The Martin Institute partners with the Hiroshima Peace Project to recall the scarring effects of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A photo exhibit will be presented Jan. 12-31 in the Teaching and Learning Center Corridor Gallery and feature some 30 photographs shot before and after the bombings. The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945, roughly half the deaths occurring on the days of the bombings. Since then, thousands more have died from injuries or illness attributed to radiation poisoning. To date, these are the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the Institute will sponsor a small-scale version of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in the Idaho Commons Clearwater Room. The museum's vision came from Neil Shibe, a senior in international studies who studied abroad in Japan and volunteered at the museum in Nagasaki. Similar to the official museum in Japan, the display will feature additional visual artifacts and taped testimony from the survivors. Visitors will also be able to make origami cranes (an international symbol of peace) to be sent to a children’s museum in Japan.