Q & A about the Atomic Bombing and Peace


Q. What is the meaning of the inscription on stone chamber at the Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims?

The Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims (officially called the Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace), modeled after an ancient Japanese clay burial figure of a house, was built to protect the souls of the victims from the rain. The inscription on the chamber, “Let all the souls here rest in peace; for we shall not repeat the evil,” is a prayer for all the victims, regardless of their ethnicity or nationality, who experienced the horror of the atomic bombing, and whose deaths have become a cornerstone of peace for humanity. To honor these victims, all people must pledge to work for a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons.

To convey this meaning, the City of Hiroshima installed explanation plaques in Japanese and English at the cenotaph in 1983. Before the 2008 G8 Speakers’ Meeting in Hiroshima, new explanation panels in Japanese, English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese (simplified), and Korean were placed. Here is the English explanation:

“This monument embodies the hope that Hiroshima, devastated on 6 August 1945 by the world’s first atomic bombing, will stand forever as a city of peace. The stone chamber in the center contains the Register of Deceased A-bomb Victims. The inscription on the front panel offers a prayer for the peaceful repose of the victims and a pledge on behalf of all humanity never to repeat the evil of war. It expresses the spirit of Hiroshima – enduring grief, transcending hatred, pursuing harmony and prosperity for all, and yearning for genuine, lasting world peace.”

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