Peace Database of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

This is a navigable database of museum artifacts including, but not limited to, video testimonies from survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, art created by survivors, and belongings of victims. There is a search feature and artifacts are organized by type. Students could navigate this site as a webquest or it could be used for research. The survivor testimonies are in Japanese, but they are captioned in English. This is a very powerful resource and it could be used for teaching about sustainability in terms of international relations and understanding shared humanity, as with teaching environmental and human impacts of war.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was opened in 1955 with the aim of communicating the reality of the damage caused by the atomic bomb to people all over the world and contributing to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of permanent world peace, which is the heart of Hiroshima. At 8:15 am on August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was the first in the world to be damaged by an atomic bomb. Most of the town was destroyed and many people lost their lives. Even those who barely survived suffered great physical and psychological damage, and many A-bomb survivors are still suffering. The Peace Memorial Museum collects and displays photographs and materials showing the remains of the A-bomb survivors and the devastation of the A-bomb, as well as the history of Hiroshima before and after the A-bomb and the situation during the nuclear age. In addition to holding lectures on A-bomb experience by A-bomb survivors, we also lend out materials for peace learning (Source).

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