Permanent A-bomb exhibit opens at U.N. office in Vienna


With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.N. Office in Vienna has put on permanent display objects and photos related to the horror of nuclear weapons to push for their elimination.

Similar permanent exhibits have been installed at the U.N. headquarters in New York and at another U.N. Office in Geneva.

The four objects which went on display in Vienna Tuesday include a blistered roof tile and a small bowl on which glass has melted, They were collected after the cities were devastated by the atomic bombings toward the end of World War II.

Visitors can also see photos of the two cities taken shortly after the bombings.

One photo, taken in Hiroshima, shows a building that later came to be called the Atomic Bomb Dome which was left standing amid the devastation.

Around 55,000 people, including children, annually tour the U.N. Office in Vienna, which also houses the International Atomic Energy Agency and a commission preparing for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty’s entry into force.

“We hope to convey the importance of nuclear disarmament that should transcend generations and races,” said an official of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, which helped arrange the exhibit.

The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and the second on Nagasaki three days later.

Around 210,000 people are estimated to have died from the attacks by the end of 1945. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15 that year, bringing World War II to an end.

  • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

    Isn’t this Japan using the UN for political gain? Something that Japan just accused China of doing when it submitted Nanking massacre documents to UNESCO?
    Hypocrit Japan, who believes that only Japanese were victims of the war and everything else should be forgotten because ‘it was a long time ago’ and we ‘should be future orientated’ and ‘it’s all Chinese and Korean anti-Japan lies’.
    Japan truly knows no shame.

    • Clickonthewhatnow

      How many times has Japan pointed the finger at America for dropping the bombs? This seems to be, both from the history of Japan not blaming America for the nukes, and from this article, simply a display of why nuclear weapons must never be used again.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Nah, don’t fall for that old garbage. This is ‘Japan is the only country to suffer atomic bombing (sob, sob)’ revisionism by neglecting to mention the event in the context of Japan’s brutal war of aggression, invasion, and genocidal extermination.

  • Jonathan Fields

    I don’t have too much problem with an atomic bomb exhibit, but I’m a bit suspicious at the same time. The Abe administration is determined to erase any Japanese wrongdoing in WWII from the history books. If this is part of their campaign to paint themselves as the victim of that conflict, I’m very much against this.