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Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Photo Poster Exhibition Begins Sunday

February 16, 2010

As part of their work to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids brings the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Photo Poster Exhibition to Grand Rapids Feb. 21 through March 14, 2010. On loan from Japan’s Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the 20 large posters depict the death, destruction and suffering experienced by the civilians in these cities after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki, August 9, 1935.

 “In 2006, we made a corporate stance for nuclear disarmament, to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons,” explains Sr. Barbara Hansen, Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids . “Some of us, like Sr. Ardeth and Sr. Jackie went to prison, others offer their prayers. This year, we are hosting the exhibit.”

The free exhibit at the Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 East Fulton, is open to the public 2 – 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays . During the exhibition, related events welcome visitors of all ages.

Sunday Feb. 28, 7 p.m.  John F. Donnelly Conference Center, Aquinas College
Survivor, Seika Ikeda, who was 12 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, will recall her experience via a live Webcam video conference transmitted from Japan. Ikeda lived less than a mile from the epicenter of the explosion. In addition, Steven Leeper, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Museum, will speak to current developments in nuclear disarmament. A question and answer period will follow.

Feb. 21, 24, 28, March 3, 7, 10 and 14, Dominican Center at Marywood
Short films about Hiroshima-Nagasaki and nuclear disarmament will be shown at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays during the exhibit. One of the films features an interview with a Michigan World War II veteran who served as a medic on the USS Haven, a hospital ship that arrived on the scene to care for US prisoners of war. “It’ s important that we listen to our vets, let them talk,” says Sr. Barbara. “We need to hear, not stand in judgment, so they can do their healing.”

Sat. Feb. 27 , 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, Dominican Center at Marywood
Folding Origami Paper Cranes, Japanese Symbol of World Peace. Before she died from cancer caused by the bombings, Sadako, a nine-year-old girl, folded paper cranes for peace. Area children can continue her legacy.

“Nuclear warfare is too indiscriminate, too large in proportion to be a choice,” Sr. Barbara says. “The sooner we rid the world of these, the safer we will be. The exhibit is a way to move the younger generation to realize the horrendous reality.”

For more information contact Diane Zerfas,OP at DZerfas@dominicancenter.com.

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