Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Gernika

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Basque museum to showcase Hiroshima, Nagasaki exhibition

Posted on martes, 26 de junio de 2007 (EST)

Japan's ambassador to Spain is to open an exhibition on the aftermath of the August 1945 atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at a museum in Spain's Basque region, organisers told AFP on Tuesday.

MADRID (AFP) - Motohide Yoshikawa will attend the opening the temporary exhibition for its launch at the Guernica Peace Museum in the Basque region on Wednesday.

"Hiroshima-Nagasaki: Effects of the Atomic Bomb" was jointly organised by the museum and UNESCO, the United Nation's cultural and educational body. The exhibition will run until September 9.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibition, which includes testimony from survivors, is the brainchild of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall.

The organisers said the exhibition said the idea was to "remind future generations of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (and offer) a homage to the need for eternal peace and truth."

In 1945, in the dying days of World War II, US air force bombers dropped atomic bombs that devastated the southern Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The bombings, on August 6 and 9 respectively, killed more than 200,000 people and injured untold thousands more.

Guernica's hosting of the exhibition, which comprises some 40 graphic images of the aftermath of the attacks, is loaded with political significance.

The Basque city itself suffered devastating bombing at the hands of German planes in an attack on April 26, 1937 during the Spanish Civil War.

Artist Pablo Picasso created an iconic painting representing the horror of the attack, which is on display in Madrid at the Reina Sofia museum.

It is the third time the works have traveled outside Japan having been shown in Chicago in 2005 and Las Vegas last year.

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