Hiroshima and Nagasaki to hold A-bomb exhibitions in Russia

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will hold a "Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition" in the city of Orenburg, in southwestern Russia, from October 14 to November 10. The exhibition aims to convey the horror of the atomic bombs to citizens of this nuclear superpower and sway public opinion in favor of nuclear abolition. This is the second A-bomb exhibition to be held in Russia, following the first such exhibition in 2001.

About 20 A-bomb artifacts will be displayed in the students' hall of Orenburg State University. These include clothes worn by A-bomb victims, a watch stopped at 8:15 a.m. (the moment the bomb exploded over Hiroshima), and 48 display panels detailing damage wrought by the atomic bombings. Noriko Ueda, an A-bomb survivor living in Hiroshima's Higashi Ward, will visit the city during the exhibition and offer her account of the Hiroshima bombing.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki will also hold poster exhibitions related to the A-bombs at four sites in the city of Nizhnii Novgorod, in western Russia, on October 19 and 20.

The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki initiated this series of overseas A-bomb exhibitions in 1995. The exhibitions have been hosted by 35 cities in 13 nations so far.

(Originally published on October 6, 2009)