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Remembering and Imagining the Nuclear Annihilation in Hiroshima

An Allied war correspondent in front of the ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall in September 1945. The building, one of the most recognizable in the city, was one of the few structures left standing after Hiroshima was destroyed by an U.S. atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Known subsequently as the Atom Bomb Dome, the building and the area immediately surrounding it—ground zero—became the focus of a public debate over how to appropriately commemorate the world's first atomic bombing. In 1996, the Atom Bomb Dome was designated a World Heritage Site. Photo: AP/Wide World Photos/Stanley Troutman.