World History

"Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis"

Tim Townsend

About the Program

Tim Townsend, former religion reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports on U.S. Army chaplain Henry Gerecke and his assignment following World War II to minister to the Nazi leaders on trial for crimes against humanity.  The author recounts the Lutheran minister's many ethical and spiritual conflicts in administering to the twenty-one Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials and his interactions with the men during and following their trials as they awaited their sentences.  Tim Townsend speaks at Left Bank Bookstore in St. Louis.

About the Authors

Tim Townsend

Tim Townsend is a senior writer and editor at the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project.  He is a former religion reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  For more information, visit the author's website missionatnuremberg.com or on twitter @townsendreport.


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  • Monday, May 26th at 2am (ET)
  • Saturday, May 3rd at 9:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, April 20th at 10pm (ET)
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