As the war was drawing to an end the Americans had been looking for Goering. At one point he actually ended up seeking the Americans. The Americans treated him very well and allowed him many luxuries at first. This was an attempt to get more information from him. Then after a time he was sent to Augsburg and stripped of his military decorations; gold epaulets, a huge diamond ring, and a solid gold baton. He was questioned there for two weeks.
He was found to be addicted to pills; a change from his earlier morphine addiction. Cyanide pills were also found on him by which to kill himself should he attempt.
Goering was popular among the Nazi prisoners and even attempted to get other prisoners to come to the chapel services that would be held under Gerecke’s ministry. Goering it seems never missed chapel services during his time at Nuremberg. But with all these assurances of attendance and all the show that Goering put on it seems he did not believe. In fact, when the trial was over and the sentences were Gerecke spent a lot of time with the prisoners. Goering spoke of Jesus saying to Gerecke, “This Jesus you always speak of – to me he’s just another smart Jew” (p. 261).
Gerecke pleaded with this man who had been in control of so many men to recognize that he was in need of Jesus. Gerecke said, “This Jesus is my savior who suffered, bled and died that I may go to heaven some day. He paid for my sins (p. 261). Unfortunately, and heartbreakingly after being told that his daughter wanted to see him in heaven, Goering said, “She believes in you savior. But I don’t. I’ll just take my chances, my own way” (p. 265).
Later that night, Goering took his life with a cyanide pill. He had determined that a soldier should die in front of a firing squad and not at the end of a rope as was planned for him. Gerecke who had ministered so carefully to this man wondered if he might have failed Goering in some way. The deaths of the other condemned men would come just a few hours later. With death comes eternity; either apart from God forever or with the Savior forever (Matthew 25:46). By God’s grace and mercy a Savior has come and, as Gerecke said to the prisoners, “suffered, bled, and died” that we might receive forgiveness and eternal life.