(July 26, '97)
On July 25, the plan to open the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Exhibition at Lehman College, The City University of New York has been determined.
The exhibition will be held for 40 days from September 2nd to the October 11th. The artifacts of the atomic bombings and other related-materials, about 130 items will be exhibited to show American citizens a danger of a nuclear war and to appeal for nuclear disarmament.
New York marks the 4th city to hold the Atomic Bombing Exhibition overseas, planned by Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the United States last year, the exhibition was held in Columbia City, Missouri for the first time.
"Message for Peace" is the theme of the exhibition. The burnt high-school uniform caused by radiation heat from the Hiroshima bombing, the Christian rosary from the person killed in Nagasaki bombing will be exhibited, as well as photo-panels.
Hiroshima City made a reproduction of some bombed materials such as a pocket watch and the lunch box of a boy. They will be introduced in the overseas exhibition for the first time.
Hiroshima intended to hold the bombing exhibition in the United States, looking for a place for exhibition in a nuclear power country.
Since Lehman College, The City University of New York opened a new campus in Chiyoda-Cho, Yamagata-District in Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima City asked for the possibility of holding the exhibition in New York. The joint exhibition of Hiroshima and Nagasaki came about by the efforts of the teachers.
The Chairman of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Mr. Minoru Ohmuta says "I am looking forward to holding the exhibition of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the largest city of America. I would like to know as to how the young people will react to it."
Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened the bombing exhibition in Columbia City in August 1996 as well as in Assisi and Perugia in Italy in March 1997.