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While His Brother Was Busy Killing Jews, Albert Göring Worked Tirelessly to Save Them

1940s | March 31, 2017

Albert Goring was the export manager of Skoda automotive factory when he fled to Czechoslovakia. He helped many employees under possible death to be free, by forging his older brother’s signature on falsified documents.

He also falsifies his brother’s name to load trucks bound for German concentration camps with employees, and would secretly transport these people to safety in other countries.

Not a single German soldier could touch Albert because of his brother Hermann’s incredible influence within the Nazi Party. Even the Nazi Police was powerless in stopping him. Hermann’s reputable position allowed Albert to be unharmed and untouchable. However, he wasn’t using his older brother’s position without Hermann’s knowledge. As a matter of fact, he would regularly visit and talked to Hermann regarding camp prisoners and various Jewish criminals.

Albert would encourage Hermann to sign releases for certain prisoners, freeing them. Hermann did sign documents even though he knew that it could jeopardize his Nazi efforts and put his life at risk. Some historians claim Hermann was secretly proud of his younger brother’s work and wanted to tell Albert that they were both strong but in entirely different way.

Whenever Albert was arrested by the Gestapo or asks another favor, Hermann was there, always the first to approve his release. Despite the never ending war that divided them, the Goring brothers remained and continued to be close siblings.

The Göring Name Haunts Albert’s Later Years

During the war, Albert's last name kept him alive and allowed him to free and save Jewish people throughout Nazi-occupied nations, yet in the aftermath of WWII it turned against him. Albert was questioned during the Nuremberg Tribunal and was even held prisoner until some of the people he had helped testified regarding his heroic acts.

Thanks to his Nazi-associated last name, his ordeal was far from over. After barely escaping the Nuremberg trial, Albert was arrested in Czechoslovakia. He was soon released, only to be arrested yet again to stand trial before a People’s Court. It was only in 1947 that Göring was able to break free from his last name’s negative association.

That same year, Göring finally returned to his home nation of Germany but discovered he wasn’t welcome. Germans shunned him, leaving him jobless and without any income. He was only relying on government pension, which allowed him a tiny amount with which to live in a small apartment.

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