By Tim Townsend
Mission at Nuremberg is Tim Townsend’s gripping tale of the yankee military chaplain despatched to save lots of the souls of the Nazis incarcerated at Nuremberg, a compelling and thought-provoking story that increases questions of religion, guilt, morality, vengeance, forgiveness, salvation, and the essence of humanity.
Lutheran minister Henry Gerecke used to be fifty years outdated whilst he enlisted as am military chaplain in the course of international warfare II. As of his 3 sons confronted risk and demise at the battlefield, Gerecke tended to the battered our bodies and souls of wounded and loss of life GIs open air London. on the war’s finish, while different squaddies have been coming domestic, Gerecke was once recruited for the main tough engagement of his existence: ministering to the twenty-one Nazis leaders anticipating trial at Nuremburg.
Based on scrupulous study and first-hand debts, together with interviews with still-living members and that includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs, Mission at Nuremberg takes us contained in the Nuremburg Palace of Justice, into the cells of the accused and the court the place they confronted their crimes. because the drama resulting in the court’s ultimate judgments unfolds, Tim Townsend brings to lifestyles the constructing courting among Gerecke and Hermann Georing, Albert Speer, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and different imprisoned Nazis as they awaited trial.
Powerful and harrowing, venture at Nuremberg bargains a clean examine one such a lot scary occasions in human background, probing tough religious and moral concerns that proceed to carry that means, forcing us to confront the final word ethical query: Are a few males so evil they're past redemption?
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Before the year was out, Germany had been singled out as a “menace” to the peace of Europe by 1938—for which reason the Foreign Office and the COS urged the government to adopt a rearmament program accordingly. Whether the British government could, or should, have taken precautionary measures much sooner than it did is a different question. Confronted with a threat to its Far Eastern interests by Japan and a potential continental threat from Nazi Germany, how should priorities be assigned? The cancellation of the Ten-Year Rule in 1932, did not translate into a clarion call to arms.
Had he been serious about rearming, he might have pursued rearmament more vigorously in the Defense Policy and Requirement Committee (DPR)—or, later, as prime minister. 73 However, because the government was heavily favored to win the next election, he was content to play it safe and just ride it out while downplaying the rearmament issue. He told Chamberlain that he would raise rearmament in a general sense, rebutting Labor’s charge that the government was planning a huge rearmament program. The rising defense budgets could be explained away as only being necessary to fulfill Britain’s League obligations.
As Chamberlain aptly observed, it would have inspired respect in the mind of the enemy. Rulers are not so stupid to as to go to war without calculating his chances of success. One had to be reasonably sure of success before entering the fray. In that sense, Chamberlain’s plan could have worked if it had been accompanied with the force of political will, as Churchill or Eden were quite willing to supply. Had Chamberlain done all in his power to achieve even this minimalist strategy, as the revisionists have gratuitously claimed, Munich might not have been necessary—or at the very least, Chamberlain would have had a stronger hand to play at Munich.