Brotherly love without boundaries. One of the most touching images in history
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Brotherly love without boundaries. One of the most touching images in history

Hiroshima : Japan | Nov 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM PST
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Graphic on the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6, 1945 when the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, no one foresaw the end of the effects of this disaster. Even the 100 000 deaths, more suffering from burns and radiation sickness, starvation and chaos in the city. Phenomena such attempt ended in a rapid end to the war by the United States.

But that was not the end, and just three days later the Americans dropped another bomb, this time on Nagasaki. 75,000 people were killed, many more fell ill in later years, radiation sickness, and various cancers. The mothers were born sick sick children. What's the most terrible, as always, the victims were mostly civilians. One of the people injured in the crash was a boy shown in the photograph.

Although his name is unknown, we know a lot about him. The child was about 10 years old and survived the crash. Unfortunately, as a result of an air raid killed all his loved ones. Orphaned boy, survived along with his younger brother, which he wore tied back. The child had bowed his head and seemed to be very strongly sleep. His older brother, erect, without shoes and with a straight face, he came to the vicinity of the funeral pile on which the corpses were burned victims.

He stood there a few minutes, when finally went to him the man in the white mask, which is responsible for burning the bodies. The silence began to take off attached to the back of the boy child. He grabbed them by the arms and legs and put on the stack. Boy's little brother was already dead.

That direction by a photo of Joe O'Donnell's situation, a photographer working for the U.S. Marines. When in 1945 he was sent to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by documenting the bombing and the U.S. occupation, he was only 23 years old. The air raid destroyed cities nearby spent up to 6 months. Those events permanently etched in his memory.

O'Donnell saw the whole situation and observed the behavior of the boy who brought his brother to burn his body. When the child was buried at the stake, the boy stood still and watched the flames. His face remained impassive, but you could see that little hero biting his lower lip so hard that it started to bleed. Then he turned and walked away in silence.

It is easy to be surprised that died in 2007, O'Donnell, after seeing such scenes, he became an ardent opponent of the atomic bomb. It did not happen right away, however. Earlier long-lived events he witnessed. And he had something to remember. During his stay in Japan very involved in the project. At the beginning of the jeep used to move around the area, but it is no longer enough. It ended up that O'Donnell traded cigarettes to borrow a horse. In this way he could get to the place where the car would never have arrived.

Experience in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have a big impact on the photographer. After returning O'Donnell, of course, a set of photos sent to Washington, and retained a copy for himself. Long, however, could not be overcome in order to view them. Photo negatives put in a trunk in the attic of the family and forbade them to go. He wanted to forget about what he saw: burned bodies, starving children eating spoiled food, sight and smell of blood. He failed, painful memories came back in 1989, when a man fell ill with depression.

In 1995, he prevailed, and wrote and published a book about those events entitled: "Japan 1945, Images From the Trunk" [Japan 1945, images of the chest]. He began to exhibit photographs documenting the effects of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and gave lectures on the dangers arising from the use of nuclear weapons. Although he loved his country, he could not understand how America could do something so cruel. At the same time photojournalist was aware that the Japanese also did not belong to the innocent. "Japanese army did a lot of horrible things in China or Korea. But no one could understand that a small child has done nothing wrong? Children and their mothers do not deserve to die."

Unfortunately, we do not know what happened to the boy after the crash and that he was able to find in the new world, in which he found himself completely alone. Today review of the validity of dropping bombs on two Japanese cities are divided. Some believe that this decision will actually speed up the end of World War II and, consequently, prevented the death of many more innocent people. Another view was Joe O'Donnell, who categorically said: "It was not right in 1945. This will never be right."

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Brotherly love without boundaries. One of the most touching images in history. (Photo by AP / Joe O'Donnell)
amagda is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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