The Priests Who Survived the Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

Check out the link to learn more about the priests who lived through the bombing of Hiroshima at the close of World War II:

How Jesuit Priests Survived the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Thanks to the Rosary

By Billy Ryan

December 17, 2018

When the Enola Gay dropped the first ever wartime use of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, a shock wave travelling three miles per second completely annihilated everything within a one mile radius, instantly leveling the city and setting anything that remained ablaze. One building stood miraculously upright through the chaos: a Jesuit presbytery with priests inside.

Situated just eight blocks from ground zero was the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption, and close by the two story presbytery. In the midst of destruction, four  German priests inside the parish home at the time of the bombing were found unscathed: Fathers Lassalle, Kleinsorge, Cieslik, and Schiffer.

All four had only minor injuries, mainly scrapes, splinters, and some glass shards from broken windows. Despite surviving the initial blast, they were told by Army doctors they would soon develop radiation poisoning and their bodies would begin to deteriorate. To the amazement of the doctors, they suffered no ill-effects and all lived out the rest of their days, never developing any long term complications.

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