When news broke that three A-bomb inspired dolls will be removed from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, local residents signed a petition to keep the dolls. Residents believe that the dolls have a “strong impact on children,” helping them understand the impact of WMD use.
It was decided early this year that the dolls will no longer be included at the museum’s exhibits once the museum completes its remodeling, from 2016 until 2017. Local officials wanted to focus more on genuine items from the 1945 blast like burned clothes and pictures of hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors. However, residents of Hiroshima thought otherwise, and were led by 43-year old Akihiro Katsube into making a petition. “The dolls make a strong impact on children and are necessary as a way to convey how horrible the bombs are,” Katsube said. Back in June, a petition letter bearing the signatures of 6,042 residents was submitted to the museum.
The three dolls bear the image of an adult woman, a female student, and a boy. All are wearing tattered clothes with arms burnt and some skin peeling off. They’ve been on display at the museum since 1991, replacing first-generation dolls. Together with other exhibits related to the Hiroshima explosion, the dolls are at the museum’s main building, where people can view them every day.
[via Jiji Press]