PARIS – An exhibition of photos and drawings opened Monday in Paris to mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The event is being held at Paris City Hall until Sept. 30. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba is scheduled to visit Paris to deliver a speech to call for nuclear disarmament on Sept. 21, designated by the United Nations as the international day of peace.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe requested cooperation from the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in opening the exhibition when he visited Japan last November.
Hiroshima provided the school uniform of a junior high school student who died in the bombing of the city, 48 photographs, 53 drawings and 15 original copies of the comic book series Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen), about a boy who survived the bombing.
Nagasaki offered pieces of bomb-shattered bricks, a doll and a deformed glass container that were exposed to radiation.
At the exhibition, Delanoe said, “At the outset of the 21st century, it is important to preserve this inadmissible memory . . . so that our children can gather together to realize peace for a better world.”
Akiba and Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito also released a message saying, “We hope the exhibition will be a new step toward recognizing a cruel crime committed by humanity and toward ensuring such a disaster will never be repeated.”
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