“Rest In Peace, For The Error Shall Not Be Repeated”

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Memorial Monument For Hiroshima City Of Peace. The saddle shaped structure straddles a cenotaph that lists the names of all victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The epitaph on the cenotaph reads “Rest in peace, for the error shall not be repeated”. In the background, frozen in time, is the ravaged shell of the building known as the ‘A Bomb Dome’.—–

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

59 thoughts on ““Rest In Peace, For The Error Shall Not Be Repeated”

  1. Such a fine reminder of what happens when the desire for power collides and I hope that history will be the teacher. The world is so full of conflict and the pain of the innocent. Peace!

  2. Harrowing as it may be, I have long thought of visiting Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Museum… at school we learned of Sadako Sasaki and her story has always stayed with me since. Thanks for sharing these words and photos, Madhu.

  3. Every year my students read the poem, “There will come soft rains,” by Sara Teasdale. It’s included in Ray Bradbury’s “Martian Chronicles.” He put this poem together with the images of Hiroshima’s people who were victims of the atomic bomb blast in WWII. Only their images remained – flashed on buildings. It was a tragic time and I do hope it is never repeated.

  4. I would imagine a feeling of chills visiting here. The people have built a wonderful tribute … but let’s hope another tribute isn’t built in the future anywhere.

  5. Well Madhu, you certainly touched some strong emotions with this one, well done. Have read much history on this but haven’t seen the monument. I love that it is so graphic and difficult, it should be so! I visited a memorial at a North Vietnam prison camp and found it extremely difficult as well but it is important that we see the graphic results of the world’s horrors as motivation to help stop them. Glorification of war and “victory” of one country or race over another has been the norm for much too long. In so many places it continues even today – your comment about nuclear arsenals in the hands of so many is truly frightening.

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