The atomic bomb named “Little Boy” was dropped by American airmen on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Three days later on 9 August 1945, the atomic bomb “Fat Man” was dropped over Nagasaki.
The Hiroshima explosion destroyed 90 percent of the city and killed approximately 80,000 people; tens of thousands more died later from radiation exposure. The Nagasaki A-bomb killed approximately 40,000 people.
UNESCO’s call today resonates:
Never forget the victims. Never forget History.
Hiroshima – Small child with baby on back searching for anything of usefulness. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: J-0012-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23130201
Find out more about Hiroshima and Nagasaki
- A set of images and articles related to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on DigitalNZ.
- Find information about Hiroshima in our catalogue.
- Find information about Nagasaki in our catalogue.
- Hiroshima Peace Site – the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (in English and Japanese)
- Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki History.com
Find out more about the World Peace Bell in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and its connection to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Flowers under the Peace Bell, Flickr CCL-2014-02-22-22February2014 DSC_1215.JPG