were all the difference in the world between the two brothers, though they
were very fond of each other. The elder Hermann with his bright blue eyes,
bold, resolute and completely without fear, loved his youngest brother,
Albert, who was a sad boy with doe-brown eyes, looking uncannily like his
godfather, Baron Hermann von Epenstein, intimate with their mother Fanny.
The author Leonard Mosley tells in his great biography The Reichmarshal
that the resemblance became so noticeable that most people who saw them
together assumed that they were father and son. And with the birth of
Albert, von Epenstein announced that he was adopting all five of Fanny' s
family as his godchildren. "Godfather had made Hermann his favorite
godchild until then," said his sister Olga in later years, "but
after Albert's birth he was always fussing over him ..."
Albert and Hermann
his life Albert was a man of deep moral conviction. He soon became
disenchanted with the Nazis, went to Austria and lived for a time on an
allowance from von Epenstein. He worked in the Tobis Sacha film studios in
Vienna and often spoke out against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Once the
Germans marched into Austria, he might be in trouble, but Hermann Goering
protected him and kept him out of the hands of the Gestapo.
When the SS rounded up his former boss, a Jew named Oskar Pilzer, Albert
Goering exerted all of his influence to have Pilzer freed and helped him
and his family get out of the country.
In his authoritative book The Devil's Disciples
the author Anthony Read tells that Albert Goering spent much of his time,
both then and right through until 1945, doing what he could to help
individual Jews to survive, often with his brother's collusion.
The actress Henny Porten had been forced out of the German film industry
because she was married to a Jew - Albert Goering was asked to intervene
and he arranged a contract for Henny.
Franz Lehar - and Goerings List
And when the Nazis threatened the famous composer
Franz Lehar because his wife was Jewish, Albert Goering used his influence
to get honorary Aryan status for Frau Lehar and had his brother guarantee
the safety of Lehar's wife.