Hiroshima opens exhibition on Austrian writer

Kyodo

A Hiroshima museum opened an exhibition Friday celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Jungk, an Austrian writer known for his efforts to focus international attention on the devastation caused by the 1945 atomic bombing of the city.

Through his book “Children of the Ashes,” published in 1961, Jungk told the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died from radiation disease at age 12 while striving to make 1,000 origami cranes, believing this would cure her.

The exhibition at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, due to run through March 28, displays photo panels chronicling Jungk’s activities in Hiroshima as well as his books, including the best-selling “Brighter Than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists.”

Jungk, born in 1913 and died in 1994, visited Hiroshima five times between 1957 and 1980.