Thursday, May 31, 2007

Nagasaki and Gernika

This note was published at The Japan Times:

Guernica to get national peace hall annual show

NAGASAKI (Kyodo) The national peace hall in Nagasaki said Tuesday it will hold this year's antinuclear exhibition at the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation in Guernica, Spain, from June 27 to Sept. 9.

The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims will exhibit about 40 photographs showing the devastation in Nagasaki and Hiroshima following the 1945 atomic bombings and 10 items, including ruined school clothing and a piece of glass taken from a victim's body.

Guernica is commemorating the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's bombing of the northern Spanish city in 1937.

Sharing a similar past, Nagasaki and Guernica have developed friendly ties. Guernica Mayor Miguel Angel Aranaz paid a courtesy call in January on Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito, who was murdered in April.

"I would like to call for the eradication of nuclear arms by joining hands with people in Guernica who experienced a tragedy just like us," said Sakue Shimohira, the head of an organization of families of Nagasaki victims.

Actually, the bombing took place in the Basque Country, not in northern Spain.

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