Rosary Miracle at Hiroshima
Only 1 Kilometer from Atomic Blast,
Jesuits and their House Survive

Compiled by Mark Strabinski

The atomic blast at Hiroshima. The Jesuits say "We believe that we survived because we were living the Message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home."

       There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima, Japan. This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German missionaries who prayed the Rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war.

       Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, nor any other visible long term defects or maladies.

       Naturally, they were interviewed numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said he was interviewed over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience. The Jesuits say,We believe that we survived because we were living the Message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.

       Of course the secular scientists are speechless and incredulous at this explanation. They are sure there is some real explanation. But at the same time over 50 years later the scientists are still absolutely bamboozled when it comes to finding a plausible scenario to explain the missionaries unique escape from the hellish power of that bomb.

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Fr. Schiffer of Hiroshima
by Father Paul Ruge, OFMI

       At 2:45 a.m. on August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber took off from the island of Tinian to drop the first atomic bomb on Japan. At 8:15 a.m. the bomb exploded eight city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady's Assumption in Hiroshima. Half a million people were annihilated. However, the church and four Jesuit Fathers stationed there survived: Fathers Hugo Lassalle, Kleinsorge, Cieslik and Schiffer. (Note: All other accounts state clearly that there were eight Jesuits stationed in this home not four and it is well known that all eight survived the author of this present article apparently only had the names of four of them, for instance Fr. Arrupe is left out of the list and at this writing, I have not been able to find the names of the other three Jesuits. end of note.) According to the experts they ought to be dead,being within a one-mile radius of the explosion. Nine days later, on August 15, Feast of Our Lady's Assumption, U.S. forces were ordered to cease fire.

       I met Fr. Schiffer [says Father Ruge] in the late 70s at the Tri-City Airport in Saginaw, Michigan, as he was going to give a talk for the Blue Army Novena/Triduum. As I chauffeured him around he told me stories of his life, especially of the atomic explosion at Hiroshima. On the morning of August 6, 1945, he had just finished Mass, went into the rectory and sat down at the breakfast table, and had just sliced a grapefruit, and had just put his spoon into the grapefruit when there was a flash of light. His first thought was that it was an explosion in the harbor (this was a major port where the Japanese refueled their submarines.)

       Then, in the words of Fr. Schiffer: Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunder stroke. An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me round and round like a leaf in a gust of autumn wind.

       The next thing he remembered, he opened his eyes and he was laying on the ground. He looked around and there was NOTHING in any direction: the railroad station and buildings in all in all directions were leveled to the ground. The only physical harm to himself was that he could feel a few pieces of glass in the back of his neck. As far as he could tell, there was nothing else physically wrong with himself. Many thousands were killed or maimed by the explosion. After the conquest of the Americans, their army doctors and scientists explained to him that his body would begin to deteriorate because of the radiation. Many of the Japanese people had blisters and sores from the radiation. To the doctors amazement, Fr. Schiffer's body contained no radiation or ill-effects from the bomb. Fr. Schiffer attributes this to devotion to the Blessed Mother, and his daily Fatima Rosary. He feels that he received a protective shield from the Blessed Mother which protected him from all radiation and ill-effects.

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Testimony by Dr. Stephen Rinehart

       Dr. Stephen Rinehart works in the US Department of Defense (DOD) a man with a professional resume of impressive scientific credentials. The following is his commentary.

       At 1 kilometer the bulk temperature was in excess of 20,000 to 30,000 degrees F (transients in microseconds greater than 100,000 F perhaps as high as 1,000,000 F within 1 kilometer depends on construction details and you are inside the fireball) and the blast wave would have hit at sonic velocity with pressures on building (at 1 kilometer) greater than 600 psi. and buildings were demolished over a mile from epicenter. The fireball diameter is probably on the order of two to four kilometers (depends on certain definitions). No way any human could have survived nor should anything have left been standing at 1 kilometer. Yet, at about ten to fifteen kilometers I saw the brick walls standing from an elementary school (some phasing due to bomb's pineapple construction) and I think there were a few badly burned survivors at ten to fifteen kilometers (all except the Jesuits died within fifteen years of some form of cancer). Also, I think there were Jesuits that were near epicenter and a panorama view from epicenter at Shima Hospital did show some kind of two story house totally intact (at least from what I could make out and it looked to me the windows were in place!?

       Also there was a church with walls still standing but roof gone a few hundred yards away!? DOD never commented officially on this and I suspect it was classified and never discussed in open literature. I think it is possible the Jesuits were asked not to say anything either at the time.

       The Hiroshima atomic bomb was an air blast burst (i.e., detonated at altitude between 600 yds. to 1000 yds.) as opposed to an atomic ground burst (i.e., designed to crater a certain area possibly against deeply buried targets). Two of these types of weapons were built and the other was dropped on Nagasaki. The third weapon was larger and intended for a ground blast [Tokyo Harbor?] but was never used on Japan and no target ever identified. The bombing order was against cities not specific military targets. The cities selected were Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama and Nagasaki.

       In reviewing the damage patterns and blast characteristics of the Hiroshima blast, it appears this weapon was detonated at a height of 0.6 to 1.0 kilometer [Highest probable fireball diameter is about 1.4 kilometer]. This weapon was detonated at this height to produce the maximum damage area from the fireball (maximum sustained fire/air blast damage from the propagating temperatures and air blast pressures in the shock wave front). However, the epicenter was not the area with the greatest damage since the weapon was designed to spread the fireball effects over a wide area. The strongest building [steel reinforced frame] was Hiroshima Bank building which was gutted inside by fire 250 meters from hypocenter of bomb but its walls remained standing but the window frames were blown away.

       The overriding conclusion from my review of the weapon effects at Hiroshima is that this weapon was intentionally designed and deployed to kill or maim as many humans as possible in residential housing (or unprotected outside) over the widest possible area for the weapon size (while minimizing radiation effects from contaminated debris being thrown up into atmosphere).

       Since much of the Hiroshima industrial capacity was also located in unreinforced brick structures this type of air blast would also destroy any unreinforced masonry or brick buildings. One of the most flammable items on a person is their hair and clothing. Much of the clothing at this time was cotton (or blended cotton) which would be considered highly flammable. I suddenly came to the realization that the intent of propagating a fireball at this height was to be able to set fire to a person's clothing (and all types of fabric) at relatively long distances from the blast epicenter. The air blast would be felt for miles (blowing out windows and damaging most all structures by cracking the walls) and terrorize the remaining population. Hence, the description by those who survived of seeing burned bodies everywhere (or charred skeletons) and skin that was shredded into strips is consistent with the bombing order to hit a populated city in the center without specific regard to military objectives.

       It appears the Jesuits (at one kilometer from the geometric epicenter) had greater than 90% probability of being outside the atomic bomb's plasma since it was an air burst but they were on the hairy edge. Depending on the actual height of detonation, the Jesuits must have had the edge of the fireball literally outside their window. Assuming they were outside the plasma, their residence should still have been utterly destroyed (temp > 2000 F and air blast pressures > 100 psi). In contrast, unreinforced masonry or brick walls (representative of commercial construction) are destroyed at 3 psi, which will also cause car damage and burst windows. At 10 psi, a human will experience severe lung and heart damage, burst eardrums and at 20 psi your limbs can be blown off. Your head will be blown off by 40 psi and no residential or unreinforced commercial construction would be left standing. At 80 psi even reinforced concrete is heavily damaged and no human would be alive because your skull would be crushed. All the cotton clothes would be on fire at 350 F (probably at 275 F) and your lungs would be inoperative within a minute breathing air (even for a few seconds) at these temperatures.


       There are no physical laws to explain why the Jesuits were untouched in the Hiroshima air blast. There is no other actual or test data where a structure such as this was not totally destroyed at this standoff distance by an atomic weapon. All who were at this range from the epicenter should have received enough radiation to be dead within at most a matter of minutes if nothing else happened to them. There is no known way to design a uranium-235 atomic bomb, which could leave such a large discrete area intact while destroying everything around it immediately outside the fireball (by shaping the plasma).

       From a scientific viewpoint, what happened to those Jesuits at Hiroshima still defies all human logic from the laws of physics as understood today (or at any time in the future). It must be concluded that some other (external) force was present whose power and/or capability to transform energy and matter as it relates to humans is beyond current comprehension.

       From the standpoint of the current universal string theory in physics (relating atomic scale effects to macroscopic world) it suggests that the physical strings (i.e., bodies) of the Jesuits and the energy strings representing the house's physical matter were either transformed at the moment of the blast into an opposing energy field (to cancel the weapon’s effects and then transformed back on a time scale totally imperceptible to humans) or an enormous external force field was present which precisely cancelled the weapon's effects over the totally irregular geometry of the residential house including protecting the occupants.

       Either way it is a plausible argument for the existence of a Creator who left His calling card at Hiroshima.

Written with permission from Catholic Family News, Niagra Falls, NY February 2007 issue!

Note: They say no matter what Our Lady asks of Our Lord, Our Lord cannot refuse her! Therefore those who follow the wishes of Our Blessed Mother and are especially devoted to her have her special protection as these eight Jesuits did! It all reminds me of what Our Lady of Guadalupe told Juan Diego, For am I not here, I, Your Mother? Are you not in the cool of My Shadow? In the Breeziness of My Shade? Is it not I that am your Source of Contentment? Are you not cradled in My Mantle? Cuddled in the Crossing of My Arms? Is there anything else for you to need? -- Bill

I shall let him see my saving power
90th Psalm

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
And abides in the shadow of the Almighty
Says to the Lord: 'My refuge, my stronghold,
My God in whom I trust!'
It is He who will free you from the
Snare of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;
He will conceal you with His pinions
And under His wings you will find refuge.
You will not fear the terror of night
Nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the plague that prowls in the darkness
Nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
Ten thousand fall at your right,
You, it will never approach;
His faithfulness is buckler and shield.
Your eyes have only to look
To see how the wicked are repaid,
You who have said: 'Lord, my refuge!'
And have made the Most High your dwelling.
Upon you no evil shall fall,
No plague approach where you dwell.
For you he has commanded His angels,
To keep you in all your ways.
They shall bear you upon their hands
Lest you strike your foot against a stone.
On the lion and the viper you shall tread
And trample the young lion and the dragon.
His love he set on Me, so I will rescue him;
Protect him because he knows my name.
When he calls I shall answer: 'I am with you.'
I will save him in distress and give him glory.
With length of days I will content him,
I shall let him see my saving power. Amen!