Chaplain Henry Gerecke-Nuremberg Chaplain

Chaplain Gerecke

Press photo of Chaplain Gerecke (author’s collection)

Chaplain Henry F. Gerecke served as a chaplain in the Army during WW2. Following the war he was selected to be the chaplain to the Nazi prisoners during the Nuremberg war trials.

The U.S. Army Chaplain Museum has on display Hermann Göring’s gloves that he gave to Chaplain Gerecke. Also on display is the communion set that Gerecke used to serve communion to the prisoners at Nuremberg.

There’s much to Chaplain Gerecke’s history that can be found elsewhere but below is an audio recording of Chaplain Gerecke telling his story not long after returning the the United States. Below the video is a newspaper article from the Southeast Missourian about Chaplain Gerecke drawn from an interview with his son, “Hank” and Tim Towsend’s book, Mission at Nuremberg.

Chaplain Gerecke's communion set

Chaplain Gerecke’s communion set on display at the U.S. Army Chaplain’s Museum




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