On Aug. 9, 1945, the United States attacked Nagasaki, Japan using a deadly nuclear bomb. It was the second attack following the Aug. 6 nuclear attack on Hiroshima.
Both bombings killed roughly between 129,000–226,000 people, at least half of which occurred the first day of the attacks.
Twitter user Charles White posted a haunting photo of a melted rosary on display in the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, Japan. He explained that “Nagasaki was a hub of missionary activity and the home of many ‘hidden Christians…'”
Here’s the tweet below:
Melted rosaries seen in Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum last week. Nagasaki was a hub of missionary activity and the home of many “hidden Christians” whose families struggled to keep and pass on the Faith during 250 years under persecution and ban. #Catholic pic.twitter.com/aKV7gyqXoJ
— Charles White (@CulturamVitae) December 7, 2019
His full tweet reads, “Melted rosaries seen in Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum last week. Nagasaki was a hub of missionary activity and the home of many “hidden Christians” whose families struggled to keep and pass on the faith during 250 years under persecution and ban.”
His photo also includes the backstory of the rosary beads.
The full description underneath the rosary reads, “This rosary was found in the ashes of a house exposed to the atomic bombing about 600 meters from the hypocenter. The glass rosary beads melted like taffy as a result of the ferocious heat. At the time of the explosion, the donator’s mother was working at the house of a relative (beside Urakami Cathedral).
“Searching for her mother the following day, she found the rosary in the ashes of the relative’s house. Her mother had died at Urakami Cathedral. She treasured the rosary for many years as a memento of her mother before donating it to Nagasaki City on the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing.”
What are your thoughts about the photo?