The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A story about Lent

Penitence and forgiveness knew no bounds, even in Nürnberg

The tale of Ed Gerecke is a Lenten story. He is the Lutheran Church ­Missouri Synod chaplain assigned after World War II as spiritual counselor to 15 war criminals on trial in Nürnberg, Germany, late in 1945. His congregation included Rudolf Hess, Albert Speer, Hermann Göring and others. "How can a humble preacher, a one-time farm boy, make any impression on disciples of Adolf Hitler?" Gerecke asked himself.

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