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Hiroshima: Memorial Mound

Abstract

Near the point of the Peace Memorial Park, close to the blast hypocenter, is the Memorial Mound. The many bodies that lay strewn in the area near the hypocenter and the bodies pulled out of the river were brought to this site and cremated. Shortly after the end of the war, a vault and a memorial mound were built at the site. In 1955, a permanent vault and mound were built and unclaimed ashes from other sites throughout the city were brought here. It is estimated that the ashes of nearly 70,000 victims lie in the vault, victims whose ashes were unclaimed because the identity of the victims was unknown or because the entire family had perished and there was nobody to claim the ashes.

Note

Material may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. Acknowledgement to be given to the IDEAS Project, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Earlham College. Photographer retains copyright.

Administrative Notes

Material may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. Acknowledgement to be given to the IDEAS Project, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Earlham College. Photographer retains copyright.

Copyright
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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:23041
Extent
1200 w x 709 h, 150ppi