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THE HIROSHIMA PANELS

Click on the thumbnails to see the full image of each panels and read the texts by Toshi Maruki.

1 GHOST
GHOST
2 FIRE
FIRE
3 WATER
WATER
4 RAINBOW
RAINBOW
5 BOYS AND GIRLS
BOYS AND GIRLS
6 ATOMIC DESERT
ATOMIC DESERT
7 BAMBOO THICKET
BAMBOO THICKET
8 RESCUE
RESCUE
9 YAIZU
YAIZU
10 PETITION
PETITION
11 MOTHER AND CHILD
MOTHER AND CHILD
12 FLOATING LANTERNS
FLOATING LANTERNS
13 DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR
DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR
14 CROWS
CROWS
15 NAGASAKI
NAGASAKI

XIII "DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR"

DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR

By your bomb, 300,000 Japanese died but your own died too--23of your youth.
Before the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Americans on B-29 bombraids parachuted down and were taken prisoner.
Women as well as men.
In What atate were they at the end?
We wondered about their shoes, their clothes.

Upon going to Hiroshima we were dumbfounded.
Kept in an underground shelter near the center of the blast the P.O.W.s would have perished anyway.
Or could they have lived?
But the surviving prisoners, in fact, were tortured and murdered by their enraged captors, the Japanese.

Our hands trembled as we painted the death of American prisoners of war.


(The Hiroshima Panels XIII "DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR" 1971, 1.8m×7.2m)