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Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Ceremony at the Cenotaph, August 6, 1952.

Abstract

Each year on the anniversary of the A-bomb explosion, a memorial ceremony is held in front of the cenotaph. The stone crypt in the cenotaph is opened each year and the names of persons who have died in the previous year from bomb related illnesses are added the the register of names kept in the crypt. This photo shows family members crowding around the crypt, hands clasped in prayer, on August 6, 1952. The annual ceremony continues to this day. It is estimated that approximately 340,000 persons were exposed to the A-bomb blast on August 6, 1945. By the end of December, 1945, 140,000 persons had died, either from the blast or from radiation illness. On August 6, 2004, the number of names of victims enshrined in the Cenotaph was 237,062, having swollen to that number over time because of the slow development of some forms of radiation caused illnesses, such as some forms of cancer. (This photograph, now in the Peace Memorial Museum, was provided courtesy of the Chugoku Shimbun ne

Note

May be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. Acknowledgement to be given to IDEAS project, Earlham College, and the Peace Memorial Museum of Hiroshima.

Administrative Notes

May be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. Acknowledgement to be given to IDEAS project, Earlham College, and the Peace Memorial Museum of Hiroshima.

Copyright
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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:22895
Extent
1500 w. x 1117 h., 150ppi