Religion: The Bad News

Most of the 300,000 Japanese of Sao Paulo, Brazil, refused to believe that the war is over and that their side lost. It was the strange mission of tall, spare Father Hugo Lassalle, S.J., to convince them.

This summer, on his way from Rome back to Japan, Father Lassalle stopped off for two months in Brazil. A priest who had actually been in Japan during the war, and had been an eyewitness of Hiroshima (TIME, Feb. 11, 1946), should be able to straighten things out.

Last week, in Manhattan, 49-year-old German Jesuit Lassalle described how he did it. The Japanese in Brazil, he...

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