Göring: A Biography

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  • Göring: A Biography

    A B I O G R A P H Y

    D A V I D I R V I N G


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    uf769uf769 To Thomas B. Congdon,

    who has helped me so much

    uf769uf769uf769 uf764uf761uf776uf769uf764 uf769uf772uf776uf769uf76euf767 is the son of a Royal Navy

    commander. Imperfectly educated at Lon-

    don’s Imperial College of Science & Technol-

    ogy and at University College, he subsequently

    spent a year in Germany working in a steel

    mill and perfecting his fluency in the lan-

    guage. In uf731uf739uf736uf733 he published The Destruction of

    Dresden. This became a best-seller in many

    countries. Among his thirty books (including

    several in German), the best-known include Hitler’s War; The

    Trail of the Fox: The Life of Field Marshal Rommel; Accident, the

    Death of General Sikorski; The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe; and

    Nuremberg, the Last Battle. The second volume of his Churchill's

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    uf769uf776 Contents

    Prologue: Arrest The Reichsmarschall! uf731


    Part : The Outsider

    uf731uf6e7 A Triangular Affair uf731uf739

    uf732uf6e7 Storm Troop Commander uf735uf730

    uf733uf6e7 Putsch uf736uf735

    uf734uf6e7 Failure of a Mission uf738uf736

    uf735uf6e7 Asylum for the Criminally Insane uf731uf730uf739

    uf736uf6e7 Triumph and Tragedy uf731uf731uf739

    uf737uf6e7 The Speaker uf731uf734uf730


    Part : The Accomplice

    uf738uf6e7 Bonfire Night uf731uf734uf739

    uf739uf6e7 Göring’s Pet uf731uf736uf733

    uf731uf730uf6e7 Renaissance Man uf731uf737uf737

    uf731uf731uf6e7 Murder Manager uf731uf739uf732

    uf731uf732uf6e7 Open Door to a Treasure-House uf732uf731uf733

    uf731uf733uf6e7 Getting Ready in Four Years uf732uf732uf737

    uf731uf734uf6e7 The Bridge at Guernica uf732uf734uf732

    uf731uf735uf6e7 The Very Private Kingdom uf732uf735uf738

    uf731uf736uf6e7 The Blomberg–Fritsch Affair uf732uf738uf730

    uf731uf737uf6e7 The Winter Ball uf732uf739uf734


    Part : The Mediator

    uf731uf738uf6e7 Blame It on Napoleon uf733uf731uf732

    uf731uf739uf6e7 Sunshine Girl and Crystal Night uf733uf733uf733

    uf732uf730uf6e7 Losing Weight uf733uf734uf737

    uf732uf731uf6e7 Out of Favor uf733uf735uf738

    uf732uf732uf6e7 Hoping for Another Munich uf733uf737uf731

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    Part : The Predator

    uf732uf733uf6e7 Doctor Ready to Become Boss uf733uf739uf734

    uf732uf734uf6e7 Yellow and the Traitors uf734uf731uf730

    uf732uf735uf6e7 Victory in the West uf734uf731uf739

    uf732uf736uf6e7 The Art Dealer uf734uf733uf737

    uf732uf737uf6e7 The Big Decision uf734uf735uf731

    uf732uf738uf6e7 Warning Britain about Barbarossa uf734uf736uf734

    uf732uf739uf6e7 Signing His Own Death Warrant uf734uf738uf733


    Part : The Bankrupt

    uf733uf730uf6e7 The “Instruction” to Heydrich uf735uf730uf731

    uf733uf731uf6e7 The Thousand-Bomber Raid uf735uf731uf731

    uf733uf732uf6e7 The Road to Stalingrad uf735uf732uf733

    uf733uf733uf6e7 Fall from Grace uf735uf734uf732

    uf733uf734uf6e7 Jet-Propelled uf735uf735uf738

    uf733uf735uf6e7 Exit Jeschonnek uf735uf736uf736

    uf733uf736uf6e7 Schweinfurt uf735uf738uf739

    uf733uf737uf6e7 The Blind Leading the Blind uf736uf730uf735

    uf733uf738uf6e7 Imminent Danger West uf736uf731uf737

    uf733uf739uf6e7 Total Sacrifice uf736uf732uf739

    uf734uf730uf6e7 Witch Hunt uf736uf734uf734

    uf734uf731uf6e7 Zero Hour for Hermann uf736uf736uf731


    Part : The Surrogate

    uf734uf732uf6e7 Into the Cage uf736uf738uf735

    uf734uf733uf6e7 Fat Stuff uf737uf730uf730

    uf734uf734uf6e7 On Trial uf737uf731uf737

    uf734uf735uf6e7 Release uf737uf733uf739

    Acknowledgments uf737uf735uf739

    Endnotes uf737uf736uf734

    Select Bibliography uf738uf731uf732

    Author’s Microfilm Records uf738uf732uf730

    Index uf738uf732uf733

    uf776uf769 Illustrations

    Göring with his mother and sisters uf732uf734

    The World War uf769 fighting ace uf733uf736

    Göring proudly displays his “Blue Max” uf733uf738

    Carin von Fock uf734uf733

    Göring and Carin in Venice uf738uf739

    The interior of Carinhall uf731uf738uf738

    Hitler and Göring at Carin’s reburial uf732uf730uf731

    Göring addresses the Prussian parliament uf732uf731uf732

    Hitler and his commanders at Armed Forces Day uf732uf731uf737

    Göring weds Emmy Sonnemann uf732uf732uf734

    Göring frisks with a pet lion cub uf732uf734uf736

    The animal kingdom salutes Göring uf732uf736uf732

    Göring’s motor yacht Carin uf769uf769 uf733uf731uf739

    Hitler’s commanders-in-chief uf733uf736uf731

    A rare candid shot of Hitler uf733uf737uf737

    Emmy and Edda Göring at Fischhorn Castle uf736uf738uf737

    Göring in his Nuremberg prison cell uf737uf731uf732

    Göring and Hess in the dock uf737uf731uf738

    Göring savors prison fare uf737uf732uf737

    Göring and Lieutenant Jack G. Wheelis uf737uf733uf736

    Nuremberg physician Dr. Ludwig Pflücker uf737uf735uf732

    Brass bullet and glass cyanide vial uf737uf735uf737

    Postmortem uf737uf735uf738

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    Arrest the Reichsmarschall!

    The place reeked of evil. Standing in the wet darkness of this

    wrecked bunker in Berlin, Captain John Bradin of the U.S.

    Army snapped his cigarette lighter shut, scooped an untidy

    armful of souvenirs off somebody’s desk, and groped his way

    back up the dark, winding staircase to the daylight.

    In the warm sun the haul seemed disappointing: a brass

    desk lamp, cream-colored paper with some handwriting on it,

    blank letterheads, flimsy telegrams typed on Germany Navy sig-

    nals forms, and a letter dictated to “my dear Heinrich.”

    Bradin took them home and forgot about them. Forty

    years passed. In Berlin the bunker was dynamited, grassed over.

    The lamp ended up dismantled on a garage floor, the yellow

    sheaf of papers moldered in a bank vault in South Carolina.

    Bradin died without knowing that he had saved vital clues to the

    last days of Hermann Göring’s extraordinary career uf6de papers

    that reveal all the hatred and envy that his contemporaries in

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    the Nazi party had nursed toward him over twelve years and

    their determination to see his humiliation and downfall in these

    last few thousand minutes of Hitler’s “Thousand-Year Reich.”

    The desk that Captain Bradin had found was Martin Bor-

    mann’s. Bormann had been the Nazi party’s chief executive uf6de

    Hitler’s predatory Mephistopheles. The handwriting was Bor-

    mann’s too uf6de desperate pages that mirrored the atmosphere of

    hysteria in the bunker as the suspicions grew among its inhabi-

    tants that Göring had betrayed them.

    The first telegram that Bormann had scrawled onto the

    cream-colored paper was addressed to SS Obersturmbannführer

    [Lieutenant Colonel] Bernhard Frank, commander of the SS

    detachment on the mountain called the Obersalzberg that was

    Göring’s last retreat:

    Surround Göring villa at once and arrest the former

    Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring at once. Smash all


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    It was the late afternoon of April uf732uf733, uf731uf739uf734uf735. Russian troops

    had already reached Berlin’s seedy Alexander-Platz district. The

    bunker was filling with battle casualties, and the scent of treason

    was mingling with the mortar dust in the air. There were whis-

    pers of betrayal by Albert Speer, the young, ambitious muni-

    tions minister, and by Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop

    as well. And now strange messages signed by Göring himself had

    begun reaching the bunker’s signals room.

    As heavily bandaged officers clomped about the constricted

    tunnels clutching dispatches on the battle outside, Bormann

    swept his desk clear of debris and scribbled a second signal to the

    SS unit on the Obersalzberg:

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    You will pay with your lives if Führer’s order is not

    executed. Find out where Speer is. . . . Utmost cau-

    tion, but act like lightning.


    He was in his element. For Germany a nightmare might be

    ending, an ordeal in which the dark hours had blazed with air

    raids, and nearly every family had suffered the agony of be-

    reavement, imprisonment, deportation, or persecution. But in

    the caged mind of Martin Bormann the entire battle had nar-

    rowed down to this: a final settling of scores with Göring. For

    four years he had labored to depose Göring, conspiring, hoping

    that the fat air-force commander would make one mistake too

    many uf6de and now he had, and the telegrams were piling up on

    Bormann’s desk to prove it.

    Bormann dashed off a third vengeful directive, this time to

    Paul Giesler, the party’s gauleiter in Munich:

    Führer has ordered immediate arrest of Reichsmar-

    schall Göring by SS unit Obersalzberg because of

    planned high treason. Smash all resistance. Occupy

    Salzburg, etc., airfields immediately to prevent his

    flight. Advise all neighboring gauleiters, SS, and police

    at once.


    Bormann’s own days might be numbered, but at least he would

    have cooked Göring’s goose as well.

    Berlin was dying, Hitler and Bormann were trapped there, and

    Göring was doing nothing at all about it. With his plump wife,

    Emmy, and their little daughter, Edda, he was in his lavishly

    appointed mountain villa on the Obersalzberg, three hundred


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