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After World War 2 Hermann Goering was found guilty at Nuremberg in war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging.

On 15 October 1946, two hours before his execution was due to take place, he committed suicide in his Nuremberg cell.

Shortly before he had his brother Albert promise that he would take care of his wife Emmy and his little daughter Edda.

Albert Goering - savior of victims of the tyranny his brother helped create - was imprisoned for several years after the war for his name alone.

The author Joseph Persico tells in his book Nuremberg - Infamy On Trial how an interrogation took place in the Palace Of Justice shortly after the war ended:

"Albert Goering was an engineer by profession; he was a year younger than his brother, Hermann, and bore not the slightest resemblance to him. GI fatigues hung on his skeletal frame like clothes on a coat hanger. He was bald and his skin was sallow. That morning a prison doctor had counted over seventy carbuncles on his back and neck; some of them poked above his collar.

Albert Goering immediately began complaining about the injustice of his plight. He had always been an anti-Nazi. He had voluntarily approached the Americans the day after the war ended, and they had rewarded him by throwing him into jail. That was no way to treat a man who had been arrested by the Gestapo four times for helping Jews and for calling Hitler a criminal ... 

Albert ... probably could do himself good by denouncing his brother. But he just could not bring himself to do it. Hermann had bailed him out every time the Gestapo had arrested him. Hermann had gotten him a good job at the Hungarian office of the Skoda works. Though Hermann considered this brother the black sheep of the family, he had been good to him."

During the post-war-years Albert Goering had many difficulties, the name Goering had become an almost impossible handicap. Grateful survivors, rescued by Albert Goering, helped him survive bitter years of joblessness.

He found occasional work as a writer and translator, living in a modest flat in Munich far from the baronial splendour of his childhood.

He married several times and died in 1966, after working a few years as a designer in a construction firm.

Albert Goering proved that humanism knows no borders, no race, no family ties ...






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