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Enola Gay Exhibit

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Sophie Consorti

on 26 February 2015

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This is President Truman explaining why he decided to drop the atomic bomb.
Fat Man - Nagasaki Bomb
I would include a replica of the Fat Man bomb in my exhibit.
Enola Gay
This is a picture of Enola Gay and it's crew.
Hiroshima Blast Bike
This is a bicycle that was ruined by the Hiroshima blast.

Ms. Akiko Takakura
Many people on the street were killed almost instantly. The fingertips of those dead bodies caught fire and the fire gradually spread over their entire bodies from their fingers. A light gray liquid dripped down their hands, scorching their fingers. I, I was so shocked to know that fingers and bodies could be burned and deformed like that. I just couldn't believe it. It was horrible. And looking at it, it was more than painful for me to think how the fingers were burned, hands and fingers that would hold babies or turn pages, they just, they just burned away. For a few years after the A-bomb was dropped, I was terribly afraid of fire. I wasn't even able to get close to fire because all my senses remembered how fearful and horrible the fire was, how hot the blaze was, and how hard it was to breathe the hot air. It was really hard to breathe. Maybe because the fire burned all the oxygen, I don't know. I could not open my eyes enough because of the smoke, which was everywhere. Not only me but everyone felt the same. And my parts were covered with holes.
Mr. Akihiro Takahashi
The heat was tremendous . And I felt like my body was burning all over. For my burning body the cold water of the river was as precious as the treasure. Then I left the river, and I walked along the railroad tracks in the direction of my home. On the way, I ran into an another friend of mine, Tokujiro Hatta. I wondered why the soles of his feet were badly burnt. It was unthinkable to get burned there. But it was undeniable fact the soles were peeling and red muscle was exposed. Even I myself was terribly burnt, I could not go home ignoring him. I made him crawl using his arms and knees. Next, I made him stand on his heels and I supported him. We walked heading toward my home repeating the two methods. When we were resting because we were so exhausted, I found my grandfather's brother and his wife, in other words, great uncle and great aunt, coming toward us. That was quite coincidence. As you know, we have a proverb about meeting Buddha in Hell. My encounter with my relatives at that time was just like that. They seem to be the Buddha to me wandering in the living hell.
Artifacts
Quotes From Survivors
Enola Gay Exhibit
Why Drop the Bomb?
Quotes from the Leaders
President Truman
The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.

Dwight Eisenhower
..the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing.
Herbert Hoover
the Japanese were prepared to negotiate all the way from February 1945...up to and before the time the atomic bombs were dropped; ...if such leads had been followed up, there would have been no occasion to drop the [atomic] bombs.
Admiral William D. Leahy
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
Multiple Survivors Talk About the Hiroshima Bombing
Pictures of the Blast
Nagasaki
Hiroshima
Bibliography
http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/history/hiroshima/page14.html

http://www.doug-long.com/quotes.htm

http://time.com/3494421/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-photos-from-the-ruins/

http://www.gensuikin.org/english/photo.html
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