Chaplains: Champions changing misery into grace

Assigning one of the most difficult posts the U.S. Army had in its jurisdiction following World War II was the 1945 appointment of a chaplain to minister to the top tier Nazis undergoing trial at Nuremberg. Their trial was to be held in that devastated city that once was the premiere center of Nazi party activities, albeit now leveled as the result of Allied air-bombing. Only the Palace of Justice was left standing: a giant prison with accompanying courtrooms.

The Army chose someone from their ranks, an American who knew German … a Lutheran who was to serve 23 of those diabolical leaders of the most heinous regime in modern history — 15 of them having once worshiped as Lutheran Christians in their homeland, but who later bowed to the idolatrous Hitler, his National Socialism and defeat.

The chaplain’s name — the Rev. Henry Gerecke, an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. MORE

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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