City of Hiroshima to launch permanent A-bomb exhibit at U.N. office in Vienna

by Junpei Fujimura, Staff Writer

The City of Hiroshima, in collaboration with the City of Nagasaki, will launch a permanent exhibit of A-bomb- related materials at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria in fiscal 2013. This will be the third permanent exhibit at a U.N. office, following the installation of such displays at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and at the European Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The exhibit will include materials and photo panels from the peace museums of both cities as well as video footage of survivors describing their A-bomb experiences. The two cities will discuss the contents of the exhibit and make arrangements with the Vienna office for an opening this summer. The City of Hiroshima has included three million yen for expenses related to this exhibit in its initial budget for fiscal 2013.

Tibor Toth, executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), whose office is located in the U.N. Vienna Office, visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 2012. Following a meeting in which Mr. Toth asked that Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue loan out materials related to the atomic bombing, the two cities have been discussing their response to Mr. Toth’s request.

Kazuo Okoshi, 72, secretary general of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations, which is chaired by Kazushi Kaneko, said, “People will gain a deeper understanding of the atomic bombings when they see what really happened. The exhibit will motivate people to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

The United Nations Office in Vienna houses such international organizations as the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

(Originally published on February 1, 2013)