Saturday 18 November 2017

Nazi leader's brother may be honoured for saving Jews

Jeevan Vasagar Berlin

The brother of Hermann Goering is being considered for an honour given to those who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust.

Albert Goering, a German businessman who died in 1966, is said to have saved hundreds of Jews and political dissidents during World War Two.

Irena Steinfeldt at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and research centre in Israel, has gathered Gestapo reports and records of US army interrogations, as well as statements by people he rescued.

A campaign to honour Albert Goering follows growing recognition of his efforts to save victims of the Nazis from concentration camps, obtain exit permits for Jews and transfer Jewish assets abroad.

On one occasion, he wrote a letter to the commandant of Dachau demanding the release of a doctor named Charvat. Doubt over which prisoner he meant resulted in the release of two men with the same name.

Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist, and Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved Jews in Hungary, are among those honoured as Righteous Among The Nations by Yad Vashem.

Despite their conflicting political views, the Goering brothers were close. Hermann, commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe, committed suicide in 1946, the night before he was due to be hanged for war crimes. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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