Did some Nazi war criminals get saved?

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  1. Robert J Hutton

    Robert J Hutton
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    Some years ago I read a pamphlet that stated that an American chaplain had been assigned to the spiritual welfare of Nazis on trial at Nuremberg. This brother stated that a number of them were saved including Von Ribbentrop. However, I lost the pamphlet and I wonder if anyone has any information on this matter.

    (If I have put this on the wrong thread please accept my apologies and please put it on the right one.)

    Bob
     
  2. Dina

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    Did some looking for ya, Hope this helps.

    U.S. Army Chaplain Ministry to German War Criminals at Nuremberg, 1945-1946
    http://www.usachcs.army.mil/TACarchive/ACwinspr00/hourihan.htm

    The Execution of Nazi War Criminals
    http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/NurembergNews10_16_46.html

    Concordia Historical Institute Receives Rare Letter
    http://chi.lcms.org/news.asp#rare

    Security for the remaining 21 prisoners was provided by the Army’s 6850th Internal Security Detachment, under the direction of the commandant of Nuremberg Prison, Colonel Andrus. Initially Chaplain Carl R. Eggers, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, was assigned to work with the prisoners. Chaplain Eggers, who spoke fluent German and was a Lutheran (Missouri Synod), held this position briefly. On 12 November 1945, as the trial moved from Berlin to Nuremberg, he turned over his duties to Chaplain Henry F. Gerecke, another Lutheran (Missouri Synod). A second Army chaplain was chosen to be his Roman Catholic counterpart, Chaplain Sixtus R. O’Connor. These two chaplains, along with the prison Army psychologist, Dr. G.M. Gilbert, were the only American officers on the prison staff who could speak German.
    http://www.tpub.com/content/combat/14316/css/14316_115.htm
     
  3. Robert J Hutton

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    Thank you, Dina, for that information. It was most encouraging to read of how the Lord touched the hearts of some of the most evil men of their day. It is a testimony to the Lord's grace. Dare we believe that God could open the eyes of Saddam Hussein and save him? I am praying that he would be saved.

    Bob
     

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