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

Mission at Nuremberg is a powerful look at a largely unknown story of the Nuremberg Trials , the story of U.S. Army Chaplain Henry Gerecke (pronounced Cherokee).  The Missouri Synod Lutheran minister at age 50 enlisted as an Army chaplain during World War II. Born in Missouri in a rural community to German-American parents, Henry Gerecke left the farm to attend college in Kansas and the Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis.

At the end of the war two chaplains, Henry Gerecke and Catholic Sixtus O’Conner, are asked to minister to the Nazi leaders awaiting trail at Nuremberg. those who plotted the extermination of 6 million Jews and brought to the world a global war. It raises questions on faith, guilt, salvation, and how much did the chaplains believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they preached. That Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost, and that he died for sinners.

Based on scrupulous research and first-hand accounts, the fascinating story of Chaplain Henry Gerecke is told by Tim Townsend, the  senior writer and editor for the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project in Washington, D.C.

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