The Google Cultural Institute announced recently that they have launched seven online exhibitions to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The exhibits feature artifacts from both the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, including the tricycle pictured above that belonged to a four-year-old boy who was riding it when the bomb dropped. The tricycle was buried with him and later unearthed and donated to one of the museums.
As the only two cities ever attacked with atomic weapons (hopefully forever), the collections provide a rare look at destruction on the highest conceivable level. They also provide a look into the lives of the people through their personal belongings and photos of the cities. To view the disturbing but very important collections, visit http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/.