Jiji Press NAGASAKI (Jiji Press) — A wooden cross recovered from the ruins of the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki in the aftermath of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city was returned from the United States to the Catholic cathedral on Wednesday.
The cross was handed over to Mitsuaki Takami, the archbishop of Nagasaki, by Tanya Maus, director of the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center in Ohio.
The artifact is about a meter tall and roughly 30 centimeters wide, with 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 atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiro- shima.
“This cross embodies the cruelty of war and the hardships it brings,” Maus said.
“I feel it is clearly showing us the brutality and foolishness of war,” Taka- mi said upon receiving the cross. “It is an unwavering witness of the atomic bombing.”