A-Bombed Cross Returned to Nagasaki Cathedral


Nagasaki, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--A wooden cross recovered from the ruins of Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki in the aftermath of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the southwestern Japan city was returned from the United States to the Catholic cathedral on Wednesday.

The cross was handed to Mitsuaki Takami, the Archbishop of Nagasaki, by Tanya Maus, director of the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center in Ohio, at a ceremony.

The artifact is about a meter tall and roughly 30 centimeters wide. It has a gold-painted trim. Some of the paint has peeled off, and there are visible scratches.

The cross was discovered by U.S. Marine Walter Hooke from the rubble of the cathedral in autumn 1945. It was given to Hooke by the bishop of Nagasaki, with whom the Marine had a close relationship.

In 1982, Hooke donated the cross to the Peace Resource Center, where it was displayed alongside other items related to the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, western Japan.

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