Last year almost to the day we blogged about Rev. Henry Gerecke, the LCMS military chaplain who was pressed into service as the Protestant chaplain at Nuremberg, charged with ministering to the Nazi war criminals who were on trial there, many of whom were executed. There is now book out about Chaplain Gerecke: Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend.
It tells how he used both firmness and compassion, applying both the Law and the Gospel, in an effort to bring these moral monsters to repentance and to Christ. Which he apparently did with at least 4 of the 11 who were hanged. Then again, Hermann Goering repudiated Christianity just hours before he committed suicide by biting a smuggled cyanide tablet, calling Jesus “just another smart Jew.” After the jump, an excerpt from a review of the book.