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Art by The Hibakusha, Survivors of the Atomic Bombings in Japan

Rodrigo Mejia

After World War II, Japanese anti-nuclear organizations began memorializing the atomic bombings by inviting hibakusha--a name given to the survivors--to tell their stories by painting or drawing what they had experienced that fateful day. In 1974, one such person walked into the Hiroshima office of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation and handed over a haunting picture he had drawn from memory of the bombings. What follows is a sampling of the thousands of similar works collected by the agency.

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