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Edda Gõring: The fuhrers little princess: The woman who called Hitler Uncle Adolf
Edda Gõring lived in the lap of luxury, lavished with gifts by her father and godfather - Hitler - and the Nazi state. Now laid to rest in secret, she spoke fondly of 'Uncle Adolf' until her death. Her father received 600,000 messages of congratulation when she was born. He gave her priceless works of art on her birthdays. After all, nothing was too much for the daughter of Hermann Göring, First World War flying ace, creator of the Gestapo, commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe and No 2 to Adolf Hitler. In the absence of any progeny from the Führer himself, the blonde-haired Edda, born in June 1938 became a pet of the Nazi media.
Hermann Goerings daughter Edda dies at 80, is buried in secret
Death of Hitlers goddaughter in December was not publicized; she had spoken highly of her Luftwaffe-commander father, sought to get a portion of his looted assets
Hermann Goering: Blumenkrieg, from Vienna to Prague 1938-39
Fascinating photographs from the personal albums of one of Hitler's closest confidants, Hermann Goering, have shed light on the events leading up to the beginning of World War Two. The images, which illustrate the Nazi's last year in power before the war broke out, are featured in American author Blaine Taylor's new book, Hermann Goering: Blumenkrieg, from Vienna to Prague 1938-39. Goering was a Nazi political and military leader and in effect, Hitler's second in command. In 1935, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe (air force), a position he held until the final days of the regime.
Nazi Hermann Goering's cigar box sells for Â£3,200
A cigar box once owned by Nazi number two Hermann Goering has sold for £3,200, nearly the auctioneers' estimate of £800 to £1,200. It was given to the Luftwaffe commander-in-chief for his 50th birthday by Erhard Milch in 1943. Field Marshal Milch, who was half-Jewish and received Goering's protection, was found guilty of war crimes after World War Two. The box was sold to an anonymous phone bidder by J P Humbert Auctioneers.
The Personal Photograph Albums of Herman Goering by Blaine Taylor
Hermann Goering - From Secret Luftwaffe to Hossbach War Conference 1935-37 (The Personal Photograph Albums of Herman Goering) does what it says on tin! The vain Goering was not a camera shy man and this book does not have to work too hard to highlight this fact. Its 272 pages are broken down into three chapters topped and tailed by a useful timeline, good introduction and extensive bibliography. Sandwiched between, the three chapters, named 'Emmy, 1935', 'Plan, 1936' and 'Hossbach, 1937' leave the reader wanting more considering how many photographs have been crammed into this relatively tight period of time.
Hermann Goering's gold-plated Walther PPK pistol up for bid
A one-of-a-kind, gold-plated Walther PPK once belonging to Nazi officer Hermann Goering will be auctioned off by Rock Island Auction Company in September. The Walther PPK, deemed the most historic Walther the auction site has ever had up for bid, is chambered in 7.65 mm auto. The pistol has just over a 3-inch barrel and features three piece ivory grip panels factory carved in a traditional Germanic oak leaf and acorn pattern inlayed on a gold-plated frame. With the initials 'HG' emblazoned on the left grip, the Walther also prominently showcases the Goering family crest. The crest was created by Hermann Goering himself after WWI. It features an armored fist holding a large ring with the words 'Der Eiseme,' Goering's nickname, which means 'Iron One.'
Hermann Goering's full catalogue of looted Nazi art published for first time
The full handwritten catalogue of Nazi number two Hermann Goering's huge collection of stolen art masterpieces is to be published for the first time. Kept in France's diplomatic archives, the document, which includes notes on which Jews the works were confiscated from and where they were sent, was until now only available to scholars. The entire list will be published in The Goering Catalogue, published by Flammarion. It is hoped the work will help in the battle to return looted art to its rightful owners and their descendants.
A uniform claimed to have belonged to Goering sale for Â£85,000 at Parade Antiques in Plymouth
John Cabello, owner of Devon-Parade Antiques, where the Nazi uniform is being sold, said the wear and tear on the uniform helped them identify Goering as its original owner. "He also had a habit ... of putting his left hand into his left pocket. Because of this the wear on the left pocket is substantially more than the right." The outfit was made by the Viennese tailor, Tiller, who was known to have made uniforms for the Nazis during the war. Although the tailoring of dove grey blue ensemble is very good, the materials used are of lower quality when compared to the uniforms worn by Nazi officers at the beginning of the war. Cabello said: "As the war progressed, it got harder to get materials and quality everywhere went down."
The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann GÃ¶ring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
Dr. Kelley jumped on the opportunity to diagnose the Nazi mindset, to find out what made these people tick, how could they murder millions, what was their defense mechanisms and justifications that allowed them to live without guilt or remorse? Göring was convinced that he will be set free, arriving to his incarnation with 16 suitcases. As a former head of state he figured that the trial was just victors' propaganda. When confronted with evidence of Nazi murders he claimed that he didn't know what was happening. Dr. Kelley admitted that Göring was a charismatic personality and the two got along very well. Along with Göring, the book also talks a lot about Hess, who is presented as an unstable person. The book also talks a great deal about the Rorschach tests and Dr. Kelley's interpretation of the prisoners' answers and extrapolated their meanings.
Hermann Goering's cigars auctioned for Â£1,300
Specially made for Goering, the cigars were taken from the cellars of the Reichsmarschall's home in Brandenburg and went for £1,300. A private vendor, who inherited the cigars, put them up for sale in Lincoln.John Leatt, auctioneer from Golding Young and Mawer, said they were "unusual items" in an "untouched condition". They were bought by an overseas online bidder and went for more than the expected price of £800-£1,200.
Life-sized cat bookends liberated from GÃ¶ring by RAF pilot in 1945 go up for auction
Two life-sized cat bookends are being auctioned almost 70 years after they were 'liberated' from the Nazis. Rhe carved oak figures are believed to have once belonged to Hitler's Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering. They were picked up by RAF Squadron Leader Geoffrey 'Butch' Butcher after the British Army seized the Luftwaffe air base at Jever in Germany in 1945.
Remains Carin GÃ¶ring, the Swedish first wife of Hermann GÃ¶ring, identified
When Carin Göring died in 1931 she was buried in Stockholm, but 3 years later her remains were moved to his Karinhall (country residence of Hermann Göring), outside Berlin. At the end of the war, Karinhall was destroyed and it was unclear what had happened to her remains. In 1951, skeletal parts were found that were thought to come from Carin Göring, and they were cremated and buried in Sweden. 40 years later, in 1991, treasure hunters found a casket with remains that could also be Carin Göring's. They were sent to Sweden for identification. Marie Allen, professor of forensic genetics at Uppsala University, has now examined the remains to determine if they can come from Carin Göring. A comparison of so-called mitochondrial DNA evinced identical DNA sequences between the skeleton and Carin Göring's son.
The gold-plated Walther PPK handed over by Hermann Goering as he surrendered resurfaces for sale at Â£30,000
It was a key moment at the end of the Second World War. Luftwaffe boss Hermann Goering - fleeing for his life from SS - handed his gold-plated pistol to an Allied soldier and surrendered. Lieutenant Jerome Shapiro was allowed to keep the gun he received on a road in Austria in May 1945. 67 years on, it is being put up for auction and is expected to fetch £30,000. Shapiro apprehended Göring as he fled Germany in his bullet-proof Mercedes car with bags of luggage strapped to the roof. After being held at gunpoint, the head of the Luftwaffe presented Lt Shapiro with the Walther PPK pistol along with a ceremonial dagger.
The good Goering: How Hermann Goering's brother Albert Goering saved lives
In downtown Vienna under the Nazis, two members of the SA humiliated an old woman. A crowd jeered as the stormtroopers hung a sign bearing the words "I'm a dirty Jew" around the woman's neck. Suddenly, a tall man pushed his way through the mob and freed the woman. "There was a scuffle with two stormtroopers, I hit them and was arrested," the man later said in a statement. Despite this act of rebellion, the man was released immediately. He only had to say his name: Albert Göring, brother of Hermann Göring, the commander of Luftwaffe. After the fall of the Third Reich, Albert Göring was arrested once again, this time by Americans - and this time his name had the opposite effect.
Box of cigars made specially for Luftwaffe boss Hermann Goring to be sold at auction
A box of cigars made for Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goring are expected to fetch up to £500 when they go under the hammer at a militaria sale by auctioneers Dreweatts. Viewed as the Fuhrer's successor, Goring entertained lavishly at his grand manor house and was seldom seen without a glass of fine wine and a cigar in his hand. He amassed a huge personal fortune by seizing scores of properties, looting art collections and enjoyed the life of an aristocrat on his vast estate in the Schorfheide Forest in Brandenburg. On the lid of the box - which still has two cigars left - are the words 'Sondernfertigung Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring' ('specially made for Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring').
Silver candlesticks owned by Luftwaffe boss Hermann Goering up for sale at Northamptonshire auction
A pair of silver candlesticks once owned by Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering are due to be sold in a Northamptonshire auction later this month. While the candlesticks are only worth about £400, they are expected to fetch up to £2,000 due to the Nazi connection.
Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels' wartime secretary Brunhilde Pomsel breaks silence after 66 years
The secretary of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has broken a 66-year vow of silence to talk about her wartime service. Since the end of WWII, Brunhilde Pomsel, has refused all requests for interviews and offers to publish her memoirs. But after five months of negotiations she has given an interview to Bild. "You couldn't get close to Goebbels. He never once asked me a personal question. He got away lightly with suicide. He knew he would be condemned to death by the Allies. I didn't know about the Holocaust. I was a stupid, politically uninterested little sausage of simple means. I only learned about the Jewish extermination programme after the war. Goebbels never mentioned it in his correspondence. I joined the party in 1933 - why not? Everyone did."
Captain Bo Foster had to get a bigger plane to fly captured 300-pound Goering for interrogation (Article no longer available from the original source)
This article demonstrates that not all stories related to the Nazi leaders need to be serious-minded and mentally straining.
In 1945, Bo Foster had an unique mission: Fly captured Nazi leader Hermann Goering to the 7th Army's headquarters. Then he took one look at the 300-pound (136kg) commander of the Luftwaffe - and knew he needed a bigger plane than his lightweight Piper L4.
"He acted as though he was going on a sightseeing tour, or really as though I was going on a sightseeing tour and he was showing me where he grew up..." Foster recalls.
During the flight Foster had 55 minutes of one-on-one time with Goering, describing him as sharp, friendly and witty. The Reichsmarschall even cracked a joke when Foster asked him when Nazi Germany began manufacturing jets, answering: "Too late."
Goering and Goering: Hitler's Henchman and His Anti-Nazi Brother by James Wyllie (book review)
Families can be strange things sometimes. Hermann Goering, an early member of the Nazi Party, was Hitler's second-in-command. His brother Albert Goering was a businessman who, just like Oskar Schindler, saved Jews in Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, and pretty much unavoidably, Albert was treated with the utmost distrust by the Allied occupying authorities after the war, and he ended up suffering harsh treatment in prison.
If you are interested to learn more about Albert Goering, take a look at the 2009 book "Thirty Four" by William Hastings Burke.
Nazi christening gown given to Germann Goering's daughter by Hitler for sale
A christening gown decorated with swastikas that was worn by Hermann Goering's daughter is to be sold at auction. It is thought Adolf Hitler gave the 3ft-long lace gown to the Luftwaffe boss for the ceremony, at which the Nazi dictator was photographed holding Edda Goering, his god-daughter. The 3ft-long gown came from one of the Hermann Georing's maids and ended up with a Nazi memorabilia collector who is now selling it. Edda herself is still alive and thought to live in South Africa but she rarely gives interviews. Edda's mother Emmy Goering, an actress, passed away in Munich in 1973.
Albert GÃ¶ring - Hermann GÃ¶ring's anti-Nazi brother - topic of a new book, Thirty Four
Hermann Göring was a Nazi leader, his brother Albert a sercret saviour of Jews. William Hastings Burke tells the story of two very different brothers in his book "Thirty Four". On the outskirts of Munich stands the grave of Albert Göring. I have travelled there to bid farewell to this man I have come to know so well. For 3 years I have retraced his footsteps to put a face to the Göring that history has forgotten. The surname is familiar, thanks to Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, head of Luftwaffe. Albert, his little-known brother, was his antithesis a Holocaust hero who saved Jews and dissidents.
Hitler's Children: Descendants of GÃ¶ring, Eichmann speak out in documentary film
A small group of Germans are slowly coming to grips with the crimes of their fathers and grandfathers. After the end of WW2 the descendants of the Nazi leaders were left a legacy that links them to the horrors of the Third Reich. Adolf Hitler did not have children. Joseph and Magda Goebbels killed their 6 kids in Hitler's bunker in 1945. But what about the families of Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Eichmann? In "Hitler's Children" the Nazi descendants discuss the struggle between the admiration that children have toward their parents and their revulsion of their crimes.
Hermann Goering Industrial Sword discovered (Article no longer available from the original source)
German WW2 militaria dealer beerhallputsch.com has discovered the Hermann Goering Industrial Sword. The German gentleman told that his father had rented an out building from the Krupp's Manufacturing firm in Essen Germany in 1946 to establish a business. The sword was found in the debris during clean up, taken back home, and stored away at the family's house ever since. A letter from the Krupp's firm explains that they did indeed have such a sword commissioned as well presented to ReichMarshall Goering, and the company spokesperson also mentioned that they had a smaller prototype made up as a scale model.
Hermann Goering as a pin-up: The German women's magazines mixed fashion and Fascism
With WW2 recipes and fashion, it seems to offer a diverting read for housewives. But a clue to the sinister aims of this women's magazine lies in the choice of cover model: Hermann Goering. The Nazis wanted more than just entertain Third Reich women. Each issue of Frauen Warte (Women Wait) included articles full of propaganda. The cover photo from February 1940 shows Luftwaffe boss Goering cuddling baby daughter Edda in a warped version of the kind of 'tough but sensitive man' images frequently seen today. Frauen Warte, the Nazi Party's biweekly magazine for women, published 1935-1945, and in 1939 it had a circulation of 1.9million.
How a British lawyer beat Hermann GÃ¶ring after he outsmarted American prosecutor Robert Jackson
He was the most important Nazi leader to be captured by the Allies and face trial at the end of World War II. But Herman Goering, far from being broken by his downfall, was a formidable defendant at the Nuremberg hearings, outsmarting his U.S. prosecutor. During his cross-examination, Goering's mocking and evasive answers got the better of American prosecutor Robert Jackson, who became so angry that he refused to continue. It took a British lawyer to turn the tide against the overweight Luftwaffe chief, nicknamed 'fat boy' by his captors. Letters of prosecutor Sir David Maxwell Fyfe shed light on the historic face-off in 1946.
Ed Frye served with a unit that captured the Luftwaffe chief Hermann GÃ¶ring (Article no longer available from the original source)
As the World War 2 was nearing its end, Ed Frye's unit was assigned to go behind enemy lines and seize Hermann Goering, one of the leading Nazis and head of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). Frye drove the jeep that arranged to meet Goering outside of his castle, where he would surrender. When Goering did not arrive, Ed's company traveled deeper into German territory. On May 7, 1945, they finally found Goering. Goering gave Lt. Jerome Shapiro a Walther PPK pistol in a red leather box as a sign of capitulation. During the surrender, Frye manned the large guns on he back of the jeeps to guard against ambush.
Looted Hermann Goering paintings catalogued for the first time
Hermann Goering collected some of the world's most important pieces of art to decorate the walls of his country retreat near Berlin. Now photos of every painting he had will be published in a book that is expected to become a key research tool for museums, and help reunite the artworks with their owners and their descendants. The project, by Nancy Yeide, head of curatorial records at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, has found that Goering amassed 2,000 looted works of art. The book's publisher, Robert Edsel, an expert in looted artworks, said the book would be of interest to historians, art experts and ordinary readers.
A pair of WWII veterans who guarded Nazi war criminals during the Nuremberg trials
Bill Miller and Ken Fulkerson told of their time as guards during the Nuremberg Trials at the end of World War II. The two combat veterans were among the GIs who stood outside the cells of the 21 high-ranking Nazi officials. The most important of the Nazi captives was the most engaging: Hermann Goering, the Luftwaffe chief and No. 2 man in the Nazi regime. Fulkerson shed light on the question of how Goering got a cyanide capsule: "I know that he asked a second lieutenant to bring him a small bag when he needed it. The lieutenant brought the bag that day, and the capsule was in the bag." He said the lieutenant got a gold watch from Goering for his co-operation.
Rare personal items of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goring auctioned off in Dallas
One of the greatest Nazi Memorabilia collection ever collected is for sale. It includes rare personal items of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring like: a large gold ring worn by Hermann Göring with his family crest; Luftwaffe emblem for the WW2 German Air Force plus the Elk's head and swastika emblem for the National Hunter's Association that Göring founded; a large marble ashtray from his palace with the same Huntsman's and Luftwaffe emblems; fabric from Karinhalle furniture; Adolf Hitler's calling card with autograph; a large tapestry from the Eagle's Nest; a WWII German field telephone made of black Bakelite from Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia...
Bettina Goering, descendant of Hermann Goering, seeks closure in Israel
Bettina Goering, whose great-uncle was the Nazi leader Hermann Goering, ran away at 13, lived on a commune in India, fled to the US and was sterilized. All to escape the legacy of her last name. Bettina's journey to cleanse herself of the family's nazi past is revealed in the documentary "Bloodlines" - which shows her emotional encounters with Ruth Rich, a child of Holocaust survivors. Bettina's father Heinz was adopted by Hermann Goering, and like him, Heinz become a Luftwaffe fighter pilot. He was downed over the Soviet Union. Freed in 1952, he traveled back only to find that his two brothers had killed themselves and the family's fortunes were gone.
Hermann Goering's yacht Carin II for sale
Hermann Goering's yacht -- Carin II, a 90ft (27m) teak motor cruiser built in 1937 -- has come up for sale near the Egyptian beach resort of El Gouna. Unlike 'Hitlers yacht', scuttled in 1989 off the Miami coast in spite of her sketchy provenance, she could soon be on her way to a restoration. She's being offered for sale by American owner Sandra Simpson at $295,000 through Nazi memorabilia website www.pzg.biz. Considering the boat would need an in-depth restoration, the price is high, a reflection of her controversial history.
Nazi Number One: Hermann Goering -- Documentary
What a colourful cast of villains the Third Reich left to history: Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels; and the great Charlie Chaplin impersonator Adolf Hitler. The usual fourth in the nazi quartet was Hermann Goering, the fat-faced chap often seen walking two steps behind the Fuehrer in footage. Goering was one of the nicer Nazis: He got on with people and made jokes at his own expense. This image was backed by films Goering made about himself, and which form the basis of this 3-part profile of Hitler's second-in-command. But there was a brutal nature beneath the jovial folksiness: He held the post of Reich Hunting Master, and Hitler described him "as cold as ice".
My Interview with top Nazi Hermann GÃ¶ring
Special Correspondent Ernst Michel, Auschwitz number 104995, covered the Nuremberg trials. Then one day Germann Göring's lawyer came up to me during a trial recess, and said that Göring wanted to personally meet this Auschwitz prisoner whose articles kept appearing in the paper. The lawyer had me promise that I would not write one line about this meeting. So we went to Göring's cell and the door opened. Göring smiled, came up to me and wanted to shake my hand. At that moment I suddenly froze. I couldn't move.
Hermann GÃ¶ring interviews surface from National Archives (Article no longer available from the original source)
When Ken Hechler lucked out of a position as a tank commander and became a war historian, he had no idea hed come face to face with one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany. But in 1945, it fell to Major Hechler to conduct interviews with Hermann Göring. The top Nazis were captured in June-July of 1945, and assembled at town of Mondorf. It would be the first time Americans would talk with Nazi leaders face to face about the conduct of the war. Göring, as head of the German air force Luftwaffe and one of Adolf Hitlers closest associates, was in a unique position to shed light on the Hitlers plans.
Search of Nazi leader Hermann Goring's private train and safe
Alden Todd was a writer and WWII parachute infantryman whose wartime exploits included a search of Nazi leader Hermann Goring's private train. Because he spoke fluent French and knew some German, he was assigned shortly after V-E Day as a driver-interpreter in southern Germany, where Hitler and several high-ranking Nazis maintained vacation estates. A captain inspecting Goring's private train ordered Private Todd to translate documents found in the Nazi leader's safe. He told the captain that the documents were difficult to understand but that they had something to do with Germany's attempts to split the atom, an almost meaningless concept to the young soldier.
Descendant of Hermann Goering converts to Judaism (Article no longer available from the original source)
"I used to feel cursed by my name. Now I feel blessed", said physiotherapist Matthias Goering, a descendant of Hermann Goering. He says he did not have a happy childhood. His great-grandfather and Hermann's grandfather were brothers, and that was enough to ensure problems after the fall of the Third Reich. His father, a military doctor, was a Soviet POW, but returned with his anti-Semitic views intact. "When times were hard our parents would say to us, 'You can't have that, because all our money's gone to the Jews.'" Other descendants of Nazis have trodden the same path. Katrin Himmler, who's uncle was the SS commander Heinrich Himmler, married an Israeli.
Writer shone light on Goering, participated in espionage efforts (Article no longer available from the original source)
Kurt Singer, an anti-Nazi activist and spy during WWII, has died. His books include works on espionage and biographies (i.e. Hitler henchman Hermann Goering). He grew up in Berlin, where he became worried about the rise of Adolf Hitler. He began publishing an anti-Nazi underground weekly in 1933. The Nazis soon put a price on his head, and he fled to Sweden. With Kurt Grossman, he wrote a biography of Von Ossietzky that helped win the Nobel Peace Prize for the humanitarian. The writer worked as a spy, providing information about Russian and Nazi activities in Scandinavia.
Goering's furred division strikes
Germany is stepping up its battle against 'Nazi' racoons after they ruined much of this year's wine harvest. The racoons were released into the German countryside in 1934 under the orders of Hermann Goering.
US Guard gave Nazi leader Hermann Goering suicide pill
Goering killed himself only hours before he was scheduled to be hanged in 1946, following his conviction for war crimes at the Nuremberg trials. Now Herbert Lee Stivers, who was a 19-year-old guard at the trials, says he agreed to carry "medicine" to the imprisoned Nazi air force chief.
Hermann Goering's gold ring up for auction (Article no longer available from the original source)
A gold ring once owned by Nazi war criminal, Hermann Goering, has been put up for auction in New Zealand. The gold signet ring is covered in Nazi regalia and comes with a certificate of authenticity. It is thought the ring was made by jeweller, Professor Herbert Zeitner, in 1942. The ring was then confiscated by the US Army when Hermann Goering was surrendered in Austria in 1945.
Hermann Goering's luxurious yacht named Carin II (Article no longer available from the original source)
It has belonged to one of Germanys most notorious Nazi leaders, the British Royal Family and the man who perpetrated the Hitler Diaries hoax. A gift to Hermann Goering, supreme commander of the Luftwaffe, the luxurious yacht hosted some of the most chilling meetings of the Third Reich. Hitler was a frequent visitor, as was Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels, SS chief Heinrich Himmler, and his security police leader, Reinhard Heydrich. Goering stored the finest wines and cognac aboard, hosted lavish dinners and shot ducks from a specially constructed platform on the bow.