Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings Exhibit
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the uranium bomb known as “Little Boy” in the city of Hiroshima wiping out 90 percent of the city and immediately killing 80,000 people. Three days later, on August 9, a second bomb this time made of plutonium and nicknamed “Fat Man”, was dropped in the city of Nagasaki. At noon of August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced his country’s surrender effectively ending the war in the Pacific.
To commemorate the bombings in the two Japanese cities that changed the course of the world, the Comparative Government and Politics of Asia class of the Department of Social Sciences put up an exhibit wherein photos of the cities before, during, and after the bombings were displayed. The aim of the exhibit was to enlighten the Scholastican community on the gravity of what has transpired, the ethical justification of the bombings, and the price of war and peace.
Photos of what Nagasaki and Hiroshima looked like before the bombings were posted, as well as images that portrayed the personnel who carried out the mission. Images of the actual dropping of the bombs and the immediate aftermath was also shown.
The exhibit helped spread knowledge and information regarding the historical importance of the bombings and the continuous debate on the use of atomic bombs. It also became a source of awareness to the present generation and enlightening them on the consequences and price of such action to end a period of tragic violence and destruction. Peace and cooperation are and will always be the answer to conflict rather than aggression and bloodshed.
By: Ma. Elena Divina De Leon & Laurelyn Concepcion
AB Political Science Students, 3rd & 4th year