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Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see

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Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeThe Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed about 250.000 people and became the most dreadful slaughter of civilians in modern history. However, for many years there was a curious gap in the photographic records. Although the names of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were incised into our memories, there were few pictures toaccompany them. Even today, the image in our minds is a mixture of devastated landscapes and shattered buildings. Shocking images of theruins, but where were the victims?

 


Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeThe American occupation forces imposed strict censorship on Japan, prohibiting anything “that might, directly or by inference, disturbpublic tranquility” and used it to prohibit all pictures of the bombedcities. The pictures remained classified ‘top secret’ for many years.Some of the images have been published later by different means, but it’s not usual to see them all together. This is the horror they didn’twant us to see, and that we must NEVER forget:

1. Signals

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeAll the watches found in the ground zero were stopped at 8:15 am, the time of the explosion.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeWith in a certain distance from the site of explosion, the heat was sointense that practically everything was vaporised. The shadows of theparapets were imprinted on the road surface of the Yorozuyo Bridge, 1/2of a mile south-southwest of the hypocenter. Besides, in Hiroshima, all that was left of some humans, sitting on stone benches near the centreof explosion, was their outlines.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeThe photograph bellow shows the stone steps of a Bank where a person was incinerated by the heat rays.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
2. The massacre

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeOn August 6, 1945, 8.15 am, the uranium atom bomb exploded 580 metres above the city of Hiroshima with a blinding flash, creating a giant fireball and sending surface temperatures to 4,000C. Fierce heat raysand radiation burst out in every direction, unleashing a high pressureshock wave, vaporising tens of thousands of people and animals, melting buildings and streetcars, reducing a 400-year-old city to dust.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeHousewive sand children were incinerated instantly or paralysed in their daily routines, their internal organs boiled and their bones charred intobrittle charcoal.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeBeneath the center of the explosion, temperatures were hot enough to meltconcrete and steel. With in seconds, 75,000 people had been killed or fatally injured with 65% of the casualties nine years of age andyounger.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeRadiation deaths were still occurring in large numbers in the following days.”For no apparent reason their health began to fail. They lost appetite. Their hair fell out. Bluish spots appeared on their bodies. And thenbleeding began from the ears, nose and mouth”.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeDoctors “gave their patients Vitamin A injections. The results were horrible. The flesh started rotting from the hole caused by the injection of theneedle. And in every case the victim died”.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
e Japanese word translatesliterally to “explosion-affected people”.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeThey and their children were (and still are) victims of severe discrimination due to lack of knowledge about the consequences of radiation sickness, which people believed to be hereditary or evencontagious.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeMany of them were fired from their jobs. Hibakusha women never got married,as many feared they would give birth to deformed children. Men suffereddiscrimination too. “Nobody wanted to marry someone who might die in acouple of years”.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
4. Yamahata, the photographer of Nagasaki

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeOn Agust 10, 1945, the day after the bombing of Nagasaki Yosuke Yamahata,began to photograh the devastation. The city was dead. He walkedthrough the darkened ruins and the dead corpses for hours. By late afternoon, he had taken his final photographs near a first aid stationnorth of the city. In a single day, he had completed the only extensivephotographic record of the immediate aftermath of the atomic bombing ofeither Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see

“Awarm wind began to blow - he wrote later - Here and there in thedistance I saw many small fires, like elf-fires, smoldering. Nagasakihad been completely destroyed”

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeMr.Yamahata’s photographs are the most complete record of the atomicbombing as seen in the most immediate hours after the bombing. The NewYork Times has called Mr. Yamahata’s photographs, “some of the mostpowerful images ever made”.

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Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see

Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to see
Hiroshima, the pictures they didn’t want us to seeMr.Yamahata became violently ill on August 6, 1965, his forty-eighthbirthday and the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Hewas diagnosed with terminal cancer of the duodenum, probably caused bythe residual effects of radiation received in Nagasaki in 1945. He diedon April 18, 1966, and is buried at Tama Cemetery, Tokyo.

More info at the Japanese Congress.

More info and sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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