Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis

by Tim Townsend

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Overview

Mission at Nuremberg is Tim Townsend’s gripping story of the American Army chaplain sent to save the souls of the Nazis incarcerated at Nuremberg, a compelling and thought-provoking tale that raises questions of faith, guilt, morality, vengeance, forgiveness, salvation, and the essence of humanity.

Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke was fifty years old when he enlisted as am Army chaplain during World War II. As two of his three sons faced danger and death on the battlefield, Gerecke tended to the battered bodies and souls of wounded and dying GIs outside London. At the war’s end, when other soldiers were coming home, Gerecke was recruited for the most difficult engagement of his life: ministering to the twenty-one Nazis leaders awaiting trial at Nuremburg.

Based on scrupulous research and first-hand accounts, including interviews with still-living participants and featuring sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, Mission at Nuremberg takes us inside the Nuremburg Palace of Justice, into the cells of the accused and the courtroom where they faced their crimes. As the drama leading to the court’s final judgments unfolds, Tim Townsend brings to life the developing relationship between Gerecke and Hermann Georing, Albert Speer, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and other imprisoned Nazis as they awaited trial.

Powerful and harrowing, Mission at Nuremberg offers a fresh look at one most horrifying times in human history, probing difficult spiritual and ethical issues that continue to hold meaning, forcing us to confront the ultimate moral question: Are some men so evil they are beyond redemption?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061997198
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,232,574
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tim Townsend has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. In 2005, 2011, and 2013, he was named Religion Reporter of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association for his work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is a Washington, D.C.-based editor at Timeline.com.

Table of Contents

1 Death by Hanging 1

2 Zion 19

3 God of War 72

4 This Too Shall Pass 94

5 The Sun's Light Failed 145

6 Judas Window 179

7 His Soul Touches the Stars 235

8 Book of Numbers 279

9 The Brand of Cain 339

10 Wine and Blood 385

11 It Was You Who Invited Me Here 442

Epilogue 471

Acknowledgments 477

Source Notes 483

Bibliography 565

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