Ginkgo- Symbol of Hope

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The A-bomb Ginkgo in Hiroshima - Febr. 2003

The A-bomb Ginkgo in Hiroshima - Febr. 2003

Ginkgo- Symbol of Hope
One of the most terrible chapters in the history of mankind was written on August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
More than 300.000 people lost their lives as a consequence of this attack.
Devastation of unimaginable dimensions hit these two cities and the natural habitat of animals and plants in the area was almost completely destroyed.
It was doubtful if something would ever grow again in the burnt and radioactive soil.

However, nature asserted itself once again: by some sort of miracle, six completely scorcheded Ginkgo trees, very close to the epicentre of the atomic bomb explosion, sprouted in the ensuing spring. A great deal of attention was given to these new Ginkgo sprouts, not only by becoming a symbol of survival, but also from the horticultural point of view of being able to grow in a highly radioactive environment.
Today, the magnificent trees are seen both as a memorial and a symbol for peace,and hope for a better and peaceful future.
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- Translation by Susanne Wilm, 2003
- Update by Zenaida des Aubris, 2009

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