Atomic bomb exhibition in Washington

Atomic bomb exhibition in Washington
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WASHINGTON - An exhibition featuring items from the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is under way at the American University in Washington.

Cohosted by the two cities and the university, the "Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition" is the first of its kind in Washington in 20 years. It will be held at the American University Museum through Aug. 16.

Twenty-five bomb-damaged items are on display, including a school uniform burned by heat rays. There are also 43 photo panels, and six folding screens from a total of 15 drawn by Iri and Toshi Maruki depicting the horror of the atomic bomb.

About 150 local people attended the opening event last month, and two bomb victims from Hiroshima and Nagasaki called for people in the United States to help abolish nuclear weapons.

Sadao Yamamoto, 83, experienced the Hiroshima bombing when he was 14. He appealed for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the opening event, saying: "The atomic bomb is an inhuman weapon that burns everything with one blast. It should never be used on Earth."

In 1995, an exhibition of artifacts from the atomic bombings was planned to be held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. However, it was cancelled due to opposition by US veterans, and the exhibition was held at the American University instead.

Education about nuclear bombing "was very brief in our history [class]," said senior Molly Pfeffer, 21. "We were taught very briefly about what happened under the cloud. It will be just a Powerpoint slide showing horrible photos." She said students should learn more about what had happened so as not to repeat the same tragedy.

Ann Adamus, 72, a woman living nearby, looked closely at the exhibited items. "More nuclear weapons exist today and it's very frightening. I don't think many people really know. I hope it'll get more exposure," she said.

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