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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum And Its Exhibition

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This chapter reconstructs the history of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Shiryōkan ) and its exhibition from the days of its founding until today. The museum's history-telling and related discussions serve as a subtext to how the past was understood and how this understanding might have changed during the museum's existence. The different images of the past thereby testify for their respective presents. At the same time the exhibition's history offers insight into the predicaments of official commemoration in general and of remembrance in Hiroshima in particular. Hiroshima remembrance is often linked to discourses on post-war national identity and victim consciousness. Despite the museum's rightful placement within this national discourse, it is important to point out the private and local aspects of Hiroshima remembrance in order fully to understand both the problems inherent to national identity discourses and the dynamics of remembering.

Keywords: exhibition; Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Shiryōkan; Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; national identity; post-war



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