Brother of Infamous Nazi Hermann Goering Up for Prestigious Righteous of the Nations Award

March 12, 2013 12:59 pm 4 comments

Goering and Hitler, 1938. Photo: Wikipedia

Albert Goering, the brother of infamous Nazi Hermann Goering, is now among the candidates to receive the Righteous Among The Nations award. Albert was a German businessman who died in 1966.

According to accounts, Albert saved hundreds of Jews and political dissidents during the Second World War by helping them obtain exit permits and through other means.

Irena Steinfeldt, director of the Righteous Among The Nations department at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and research center in Israel, is supposedly preparing a file on Goering. The award is given to those who not only saved Jews, but risked their lives in doing so.

Despite their conflicting political views, the Goering brothers remained close. However, Albert leveraged his brother’s influence to help Jewish friends or political prisoners. The family name was also able to shield him from intense scrutiny by the Gestapo. One Gestapo report noted his loathing for Nazi conventions, saying that he refused to have the greeting ‘Heil Hitler’ uttered in his presence.

During the war he worked as export director in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia which at the time was a major arms manufacturer.

After the war ended, he spent two years in prison, during which time he was put on trial in Prague for his wartime role. He was acquitted following testimony from factory workers.

4 Comments

  • Heinrich Himmler’s sister was a neighbour of my great-grandparents. She constantly publicly denounced her brother until she eventually “enjoyed” a visit from the Gestapo who warned her that if she didn’t shut up they were going to arrest her. She went quiet after that.

  • Mihai-Robert Soran-Schwartz

    I’m glad to learn that Yad Vashem finally jumps over its prejudices and is ready to to publicly act. Albert has more than deserved to be reocogniued as a righteous.

    Exactly like Jozsef Szuecs, another forgotten hero (mentioned by the official final report of the Eli Wiesel Presidential Commission on the Holocaust in Romania)…

    But he remains apparently out of sight for Yad Vashem bureaucrats…

  • In 1961, I heard a story from a HMAT Dunera ‘boy’ that Herman Goering obtained exit visas to the USA, for 2 Jewish sisters in Berlin in the 1930s; both were artists and Herman Goering shared their love for art. I have never seen any reference to this.
    Ben Zion
    Melbourne
    Australia

  • He did far more good and it is surprising that it awarded posthumously, very late.

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