Hiroshima A-bomb monument built in Vienna
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 23:32
Vienna: Some 100 people from Japan and Austria attended a ceremony to unveil a stone peace monument built using a flagstone that was exposed to radiation in the 1945 US atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The ceremony took place here yesterday. The monument is linked with a children's peace monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, which is dedicated to Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki who was exposed to atomic radiation at the age of 2 and died at age 12 due to a radiation-caused illness.

Austrian children's writer Karl Bruckner (1906-1982) authored "Sadako will leben" (The Day of the Bomb) in 1961 with Sadako as its heroine. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Citizens groups in Hiroshima and Vienna decided to build the stone monument in the Austrian capital's Ottakring district, Bruckner's hometown, to mark the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Austria.

The Hiroshima municipal government contributed the flagstone from Hiroshima's old city hall. It measures 180 centimeters high and weighs about 800 kilograms.

It is inscribed with the words "world peace" in Japanese and German.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 23:32

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