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Poster exhibit shows effects and dangers of nuclear weapons

Today is the final day the poster presentation regarding effects the 1945 American atomic bomb attacks had on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan will be on display on the first floor of Anspach Hall.

“A Revolution of Thought: Hiroshima, Nagasaki & the Pursuit of Peace” features 30 different posters throughout the exhibit. Each covers a different topic about the atomic bombings during World War II, including the histories of both Nagasaki and Hiroshima as well as a call for peace and nuclear weapons prevention.

On August 6th,1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and by December approximately 140,000 people had died either from immediate impact or radiation.

Three days later, Nagasaki was hit with an atomic bomb, killing approximately 74,000 by December 1945.

The effects the bombing had on the two cities are illustrated through the use of the posters which feature photos and other information which show some of the effects and other history.

A goal of the exhibit was to inform people the horrific nature of the bombings and the importance of a world without such destructive weapons.

“We will continue to communicate the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, until we achieve a peaceful world without nuclear weapons because we do not want you to experience our tragedy,” one poster read.

The display is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as the Center for Professional and Personal Ethics. The education exhibit is a gift from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan.


  1. Florence Schneider says:

    As horrible as the nuclear bombs were at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is important to note that without them more than 1 million would have been lost with an invasion of Japan.

    Please read the book, “Flyboys” by William Bradley to get a better sense of the Japanese mindset. An invasion of Japan would have been a bloody, horrific, genocide even worse than the nuclear bombs.

  2. The firebombings of Tokyo and numerous other attacks killed more people in Japan than the Hiroshima and Kokura atomic bombs, but did not convince the Japanese to end their war. Hence it’s pretty clear that the nuclear bombs were a key reason they stopped and surrendered right then and there, as opposed to millions of deaths later.

  3. michmediaperson says:

    Great post Florence Schneider. Another embarrassment at CMU!
    CMU doesn’t mention the more than 1 million American lives that would have been lost with an invasion of Japan.

    It’s Japan’s fault we dropped the bomb.

    The Japs bombed us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941!!!
    This left-wing CMU department—College of Humanities– fails to point this out.

    Shame on the liberal CM LIFE reporter for failing to point this out also.

    So, the Japs bomb us. Declare war on us. So, when we go to end the war, the Liberal CMU faculty criticize us.

    It’s not a human rights violation!!!

    When will this left-wing faculty show pictures of the thousands of American lives lost at Pearl Harbor????

    CMU should never have printed this story!!

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