Thursday, August 06, 2020

Hiroshima Shadows

Universal History Archive/Getty Images
The shadow of the Hiroshima resident seated on the Sumitomo bank steps
Throughout the center of Hiroshima were a myriad of haunting outlines from window panes, valves, and even people in their last seconds. Etched on buildings and sidewalks now were the nuclear shadows of a city about to be obliterated.

The most famous of the Hiroshima shadows is that of the person sitting on the bank steps. It is one of the most complete impressions left behind by the blast, and remained in place for over 20 years before it was removed and taken to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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