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Gripping true story of the army chaplain sent to save the souls of Nazis on trial at Nuremberg for war crimes

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Mission at Nuremberg

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The gripping story of the American army chaplain sent to save the souls of the Nazis incarcerated at Nuremberg.

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 close of the European theatre of war, with Hitler defeated and scores of American troops returning home to resume their lives, Gerecke received his most challenging assignment: he was sent to Nuremberg to minister to the twenty-one imprisoned Nazi leaders awaiting trial for crimes against humanity.

A crucial yet largely untold coda to the horrors of World War II, Mission at Nuremberg unearths groundbreaking new research and compelling first-hand accounts to take us deep inside the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, into the very cells of the accused and the courtroom where they answered to the world for their crimes.

Never before in modern history had man accomplished mass slaughter with such precision. These twenty-one Nazis had sat at the right hand of Adolf Hitler, Hermann Goering, Albert Speer, Wilhelm Keitel, Hans Frank, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner. These were the direct perpetrators of the most methodical genocide in history.

As the drama leading to the court's final judgments unfolds, Tim Townsend brings Henry Gerecke's impossible moral quandary to life: how, having risked his own life (and those of his sons) to eliminate the Nazi threat, could he now win the confidence of these men?

In the months after the war ended, Gerecke had visited Dachau. He had touched the walls of the camp's crematorium. He had seen the consequences of the choices these men had made, the orders they had given and carried out. As he worked to form compassionate relationships with them, how could he preach the gospel of mercy, knowing full well the devastating nature of the atrocities they had committed? As the day came nearer when he had to escort these men to the gallows, what comfort could he offer and what promises of salvation could he make to evil itself?

Detailed, harrowing, and emotionally charged, Mission at Nuremberg is an incisive new history of the Nuremberg trials as well as a nuanced reflection on the nature of morality and sin, the price of empathy, and the limits of forgiveness.

"Townsend's account is full of surreal moments Gerecke witnessed during his time in Nuremberg" -- Publishers Weekly.

"Rich, potentially explosive... Townsend authoritatively addresses the excruciating moral and religious issues confronting wartime chaplains." -- Kirkus Reviews.

"Gripping." -- Daily Mail (London).

"Engagingly told...Townsend illuminates a hidden gem of World War II history and brings to light the life and career of a truly heroic Christian man...an important book. It deserves a wide audience." -- Christianity Today.

"A gripping story... puts the reader inside the cells of various Hitler henchmen." -- Wichita Eagle.

"Sheds light on a little-known player in an iconic episode of world history... A well-written study about a subject matter that can't help but hold a reader's attention." -- America in WWII Magazine.

Mission at Nuremberg by Tim Townsend was published by Harpercollins in March 2015 and is our 37761st best seller. The ISBN for Mission at Nuremberg is 9780061997204.

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Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherHarpercollins (March 2015)
Number of Pages416
Thickness24 mm
Height205 mm
Width147 mm
ISBN9780061997204
ISBN-10006199720X
Product Code4321269
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