April 1 (Sun.), 2007 through March 31 (Mon.), 2008
The temporary exhibition room on the 1st basement
After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the streets were filled with scenes of chaos with vast numbers of people who needed to be rescued. The city was soon engulfed in a disastrous fire making it impossible to carry out the necessary rescue activities.
This exhibition presents the A-bomb memoirs of those who found themselves unable to respond to the many cries for help.
From the memoir (extract)
- Those people unable to move begged for help and water from each person who passed by them. But they were almost always ignored. Probably because everybody had enough on their hands looking after themselves, and no time to concern themselves with other people. Some of the people even called out to a youngster like me with cries for help. I would have liked to have done something for them, but was in a desperate condition, what with the pain of my own burns and wanting to get back to my family as quick as possible. All I could manage was to say, "I'm sorry. I've been burned too. Please ask an unwounded adult for help."
written by Takuji Oooka
-Near the Takanobashi intersection, a number of old people and young children were writhing about and gasping out for help. Their entire bodies were burned from heat rays, leaving exposed skin that was red and peeling, and blackened, dirty skin that was sagging greatly. As the flames got closer, we were forced to seek a place of refuge. Helplessly, mercilessly, and with tears in our eyes, we simply joined our hands in prayer.
written by Koujirou Kurisu