Mission at Nuremberg

Mission at Nuremberg

An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis

Book - 2014
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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 an 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 Nuremberg. 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 Nuremberg 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 Goering, 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?
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061997198
0061997196
Branch Call Number: History 341.69 Tow

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SEBoiko
Dec 02, 2014

They were attempting to give Hitler's henchmen new standing as human beings before their impending executions.

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SEBoiko
Dec 01, 2014

There's no question most, if not all, of the Nazis on trial at Nuremberg couched their own testimonies in varying levels of dishonesty, subterfuge, and fabrication,...

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SEBoiko
Dec 01, 2014

Thus, Allied leaders were still hashing out the best way to punish people whose criminal activities were so horrendous that laws barring those activities didn't technical exist.

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SEBoiko
Dec 01, 2014

December is the busy season, for anyone in the Christianity business anyway,...

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Sep 27, 2014

Excellent book that describes in detail the sacrifices men made at the end of WW11 to minister to the nazis at the Nuremberg trials. I had never read about this part of history before. He focused on them as children and how they were once innocent. Amazing faith story. How could you forgive? Yet they did.

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