The Nazi Spy Pastor: Carl Krepper and the War in America

The Nazi Spy Pastor: Carl Krepper and the War in America

by J. Francis Watson

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One man could have enabled the most audacious terrorist threat against America prior to 9/11 and helped the Nazis win World War II—the Nazi spy pastor, Carl Krepper. His riveting story brings to light a forgotten chapter in the history of the Second World War.

• Offers a compelling view into "the mind of a spy," identifying the elements and events that motivated Carl Krepper and led him to his treasonous work

• Utilizes newly declassified material from the FBI as well as other archival materials from the United States and Germany to provide a more accurate and complete portrayal of Krepper's actions and intentions than previously possible

• Draws connections between what happened to America during World War II and current national security challenges and threats of terrorism facing the United States in the modern context

• Documents how Krepper's arrest and trial were used as a basis for the arrest and trial of some of the prisoners at Guantanamo following the events of September 11, 2001

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440828089
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

J. Francis Watson, PhD, is a Lutheran clergyman, historian, and ecclesiastical archivist.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Student at the School for Spies 1

2 Carl Krepper, Pastor 19

3 Evolution of a Nazi: Pastor Krepper in Newark, New Jersey 31

4 On the Road to the Reich 53

5 Carl Krepper and His Mission in America 69

6 Krepper and the Pastorius Plot 81

7 Spy vs. Counterspy 89

8 Trailing a Spy 101

9 The Reluctant Spy 117

10 Bring Him In: Plans to Catch a "Nazi Spy Aide" 135

11 The Arrest of a Nazi Agent 151

12 "God and the Reich Were Closely Identified in His Mind" 165

Notes 173

Bibliography 199

Index 205

What People are Saying About This

Warren Grover

"Frank Watson's intriguing book about the mysterious Carl Krepper—who came to America ostensibly as a Lutheran minister, but who was, in reality, a Nazi operative—reads like a detective novel while offering insights into how to confront espionage in a post 9/11 world. During World War II, Krepper took part in one of the most wide-ranging terrorist attempts on American soil. Well-educated, with a gift for dissimulation, Krepper was able to keep three mistresses at the same time. True spy story aficionados and World War II buffs will find much to engross them in this well-written and researched work."

Guy C. Carter

"New Jersey Lutheran Pastor Carl Krepper was a little man with large aspirations and appetites, neither of which had much to do with the service of the Gospel. Watson's meticulous examination of FBI and Lutheran Church archival sources gives us a profile of this sad figure, but also of the wise leadership of an immigrant religious community determined to demonstrate its loyalty to America by distancing itself from Krepper and his affiliates in the German-American Bund. Watson's study, accessible to the general reader but solidly documented, raises important questions and perhaps will open some new vistas of research on an American dimension of the German ‘Church Struggle' under National Socialism."

James P. Duffy

"This meticulously researched and illuminating book could find a home on the shelves alongside the best spy novels, with the exception being this story is true. Told here for the first time is the incredible story of an American citizen and Lutheran pastor who served as the contact for Nazi saboteurs intent on blowing up war plants in the United States; and the FBI's two-year quest to bring him to justice. Watson is to be congratulated for revealing this virtually unknown dark underbelly of Nazi Germany's attempt to bring the war to America and for telling it in such an exciting way. Had Carl Krepper succeeded, his efforts could have resulted in the worst terrorist attack in the United States prior to 9/11. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of World War II."

Dr. Paul Rorem

"The fact Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer opposed the Nazi regime is well known, including his New York studies and his eventual conspiracy against Hitler; the fact another Lutheran pastor named Carl Krepper supported the Nazi war effort even to the point of espionage, conspiracy, and sabotage on U.S. soil, only blocks from Bonhoeffer's New York base, wasn't known until Frank Watson started digging into church archives and FBI records. Part religious character study and part espionage exposé, The Nazi Spy Pastor is an eye-opening glimpse into the other side of German-American loyalties during World War II."

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The Nazi Spy Pastor: Carl Krepper and the War in America 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DuffysCutMan More than 1 year ago
A fascinating glimpse into American life during World War II
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book about a hidden aspect of World War II history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book , but is way too expensive for what it is.