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Color Footage of Hiroshima, Rebuilding from the Rubble

This video, taken at the direction of the US Air Force in March 1946 and now held in the National Archives, shows Hiroshima seven months after the bomb, when the city was under U.S. occupation and in the process of rebuilding.

After the war, General MacArthur ordered that the results of the air campaign against Japan be documented.

But these seventeen silent minutes, once classified along with the rest, aren’t at all grisly. Rather, they show the tasks of daily life in a city reduced to ruin.

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