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While his maniac brothers was killing Jews, Albert worked tirelessly to save them

download12Albert pushed through the mob, and punched two Gestapo officers to save the woman. His life might have ended right there, as the crowd turned on him. The SS men demanded to see his papers. When they saw his name, they escorted him to safety in deference to Hermann

The notorious Nazi Hermann Goering aided Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and for years he was second in importance only to Hitler in The Third Reich.

As founder of the Gestapo, Hermann Goering was instrumental in creating the first concentration camps for political dissidents and a prominent leader of the Final Solution, the murder of 6,000,000 Jews. Next to Hitler the man who played the largest part in the shaping of the Nazi inferno.

But his younger brother Albert Goering loathed all of Nazism’s inhumanity and at the risk of his career, fortune and life, used his name and connections to save many Jews and gentiles. He is credited with many acts of kindness, small and large. Even today survivors remember once he took off his jacket, went down on his knees, and scrubbed a sidewalk together with Jews who were ordered by the Nazis to do so in public as a humiliation.

The parallel with Oskar Schindler is inevitable. The story of Oskar Schindler awakened a new generation to the realities of the Holocaust, but Albert Goering, however, is almost unknown – he was shoved into obscurity by the enormity of his brother’s crimes.

Professor Guido Knopp, head of history and current affairs at ZDF, a German national television channel, tells in his book Hitler’s Holocaust that Albert Goering was always willing to help those in need. On one occasion – in the autumn of 1943 – he signed passports with his own hand for a Jewish family he had befriended. Once he persuaded SS chief Heydrich to release some Czech resistance fighters from the cellars of the Gestapo.


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