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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

V "BOYS AND GIRLS"

BOYS AND GIRLS

Lying dead in lines
along the riverbanks.
Heads together
longing for the water.
They lay stacked back to
from head to foot
and died.
None recieved that last drop of water
flowing below the steep banks.

The boys and girls had been mobilized
to do adult work that day
to tear down buildings.
Whole classes died together.

Two sisters embraced each other
in disfigured human shapes.
Nearby, young girls without a scratch
lay dead.

"My little girl was the only one of her whole class
to live.
But her fingers were all burned and stuck together
and her face and neck became one.
She has never walked again
and hasn't grown since that day--
She was thirteen then."
So related a carpenter, a victim himself
looking at this painting.


(The Hiroshima Panels V "BOYS AND GIRLS" 1951, 1.8m×7.2m)