A Japanese boy waiting in line at the crematorium with his deceased baby brother on his back, Nagasaki, 1945.


A Japanese boy waiting in line at the crematorium with his deceased baby brother on his back, Nagasaki, 1945.


A Japanese boy waiting in line at the crematorium with his deceased baby brother on his back, Nagasaki, 1945.

A Japanese boy waiting in line at the crematorium with his deceased baby brother on his back, Nagasaki, 1945.



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  1. [Here](https://i.imgur.com/580GnP7.jpg) is a less cropped version of this image. Credit to the photographer, Joseph Roger O’Donnell. Over [here](https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/japanese-boy-standing-attention-brought-dead-younger-brother-cremation-pyre-1945/) the photographer relayed:

    > “I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep. The boy stood there for five or ten minutes”.

    > “The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire. The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away”.

  2. This is so tragic. That little boy is trying so hard to stand tall and be strong. War truly is hell, and it’s always the innocent who end up suffering the most.

  3. Jesus Christ that is brutal. I don’t doubt that, figuratively speaking, this kid carried that weight for the rest of his life.

  4. It feels wrong to upvote this post, but it’s important we don’t gloss over the history of what happened. This picture has moved me to tears because all I can think of is my daughter carrying her baby brother on her back and how traumatic this must have been for the boy.

  5. Got meself a 6yo kid and his baby brother who’s just a week shy of being 2. This hit home so much, I don’t know what else to think. HEART WRENCHING!

  6. Every time I think about Nagasaki and Hiroshima I can’t help but think of all the children and innocents killed that day. Ever since I became a mother it’s haunted me. World war 2 was horrible though, a huge portion of the world died and those bombs did stop the war. I absolutely wish it were ended in a different way, but history cannot be changed. We can only hope to never repeat it.

  7. I sometimes feels bad about it. But the same time. The enormous casualties from both side., If the americans decided to invade japan.

  8. Who keeps pushing this picture to the front page over and over these past few days? The pic’s been around for quite a while, but this sudden attention is unusual.

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