Barbara Reynolds and World Friendship Center - An American who brought the voices of A-bomb survivors to the world

This pamphlet in English was published by The World Friendship Center (WFC) in Hiroshima in 2021 to tell people in the world about what Barbara Reynolds (1915-1990) contributed toward peace as an activist and founder of the World Friendship Center, WFC, in Hiroshima.

“Barbara Reynold’s Timeline” at the end of the pamphlet offers readers ample information about her achievements from 1951 to 1990. Barbara’s family came to Hiroshima because her husband, anthropologist Earle Reynolds, was dispatched to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC). Her family made a round-the-world trip on a yacht, campaigning for the realization of peace in the world in 1954. Barbara then started the first peace pilgrimage with hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) and visited 14 cities in the world in 1962. She established the World Friendship Center, WFC, with Dr. Tomin Harada in 1965.

Barbara lived in Hiroshima for a total period of 14 years or more from 1951 to 1954 and from 1960 to 1969. After returning to the U.S. in 1969, she continued her peace activities for the rest of her life. In 1982, she started “Hiroshima for Antinuke Peace Caravan” in the U.S. with a hibakusha, Miyoko Matsubara, carrying A-bomb pictures drawn by hibakusha. Barbara’s monument, unveiled on June 12, 2011 in the Hiroshima Peace Park, has the inscriptions, “I, too, am a hibakusha.” and “My heart is always with Hibakusha and Hiroshima.” These are common statements she made during her lifetime.

Copies of the pamphlet are distributed for free. World Friendship Center:

References published by the Reynolds – From LinguaHiroshima’s Database

Reynolds, Jessica/ To Russia-with Love/ Tokyo/ Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1962.

Reynolds, Earle/ The Forbidden Voyage/ New York/ David McKay Company, Inc., 1961.                       

Reynolds, Earle, and Barbara Reynolds/ All in the Same Boat, an American Family’s Adventures on a Voyage around the World in the yacht ‘Phoenix’/ New York/ David McKay Company, Inc., 1962.

Reynolds, Earle L. アール・レイノルズ/ Growth and development of children exposed to the atomic bomb, Hiroshima; 3-year study, 1951-53 広島原爆被爆児童の成長および発育-3か年(1951-1953)の研究./ [in:] Technical Report ABCC業績報告書. Hiroshima; Nagasaki 広島; 長崎, Radiation Effects Research Foundation 広島-長崎原爆傷害調査委員会, No. 20-59, 1959.

Reynolds, Barbara/ さらば広島: Goodbye to Hiroshima/ Hiroshima/ Association to Express Appreciation to Barbara San, the YMCA, 1969. 日英版

Reynolds Renshaw, Jessica.The Reynolds family, the nuclear age, and a brave wooden boat. private publication. Columbia, South Carolina, 2017. 277 pp.