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By Ran Zwigenberg

In 1962, a Hiroshima peace delegation and an Auschwitz survivor's association exchanged relics and tales, together with the bones and ashes of Auschwitz sufferers. This symbolic come across, within which the useless have been actually conscripted within the provider of the politics of the dwelling, serves as a cornerstone of this quantity, shooting how reminiscence used to be applied to rebuild and redefine a shattered global. it is a strong examine of the contentious historical past of remembrance and the commemoration of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima within the context of the worldwide improvement of Holocaust and global battle II reminiscence. Emphasizing the significance of nuclear concerns within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, Zwigenberg lines the increase of worldwide commemoration tradition throughout the reconstruction of Hiroshima as a 'City of brilliant Peace', memorials and museums, international tourism, advancements in psychiatry, and the emergence of the determine of the survivor-witness and its outcomes for worldwide reminiscence practices.

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In their messages, the politicians emphasized the theme of sacrifice. Both Kihara and Yoshida spoke at length about how Hiroshima’s sacrifice would open the way for peace and about how Hiroshima would be rebuilt as a city of peace. This theme was even stronger in a ceremony held a day earlier on the grounds of the former gokoku shrine (a place where the war dead were worshipped under state Shinto), which was part of what the city called the “Hiroshima people’s great peace and reconstruction assembly” (Hiroshima shimin heiwa fukko¯ daikai).

38 Officially, however, and in the media, the transformation narrative was paramount. ” Some of the articles bore Orwellian titles referring to the bomb as “the bright flash of peace” (heiwa no senko¯) or to the “prelude to peace [which] descended from above” (ama kudaru, heiwa no jokyoku). ) The campaign to direct the gaze of Hiroshima into a future of “bright peace” (akarui heiwa) and to explain the bomb as a sacrifice to peace intensified as efforts for reconstruction, and the search for funds for it, gathered momentum.

60 The proliferation of victim voices, of course, is not necessarily a negative development. As demonstrated throughout this work, witnessing empowered survivors of both tragedies and helped them to heal their shattered lives. Furthermore, across the world, survivors of genocide and oppression have been inspired from and have drawn on Holocaust and Hiroshima survivors’ experience in their pursuit of justice. Nevertheless, others have sought to capitalize on and benefit from the unassailable aura of the victim.

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