Later - as
part of his job as export director of the Czech arms factory Skoda
- Albert Goering was able to save many employees, among them the director
Jan Moravek and his family. He protected several members of the Czech
resistance and covered resistance actions.
Christina Vella and Radomir Luza tell in the gripping autobiography The
Hitler Kiss A Memoir Of The Czech Resistance how Albert was wont to
make jokes about Nazis and spill a few drops of information. In 1940 he
even confided the date of the German invasion of France, which was
promptly reported to the British.
for several years assistant to Albert Goering, worked in the Exports
Department of Skoda and endangered himself by taking actively part in the
Czech Resistance movement against Nazism. Karel Sobota later recalled how
Albert Goering refused to return the Nazi salute when Nazi officers
visited Skoda. At that time, this refusal was sufficient for one man to be
imprisoned or worse.
Albert Goering insisted that all people, no matter the rank or
position, be announced to him before entering his room. Karel Sobota later
told how a high ranking SS officer one day arrived in Skoda and quickly
entered directly in Albert Goering's room with Sobota unsuccessfully
trying to block him. In a rage, Goering expelled the Nazi from his room
and ordered him to wait outside. Then Goering begged Karel Sobota to come
in and sit down by him, he calmly talked about the weather, his family and
they both examined some of Albert's picture albums. This took about thirty
or forty minutes.
Said Albert Goering: - 'Well, Herr Sobota, now it is time to let that
Nachtwachter talk to me. Please allow him to come in ..' (night
watcher, in german, reference to the black SS uniform).
The employees were very
grateful to Albert Goering due to the human treatment he always gave to
all Czechs and people of other nationalities.
At that time passive resistance was the order of the day. Any work in the
lines of production or in the administrative area always took much more
days to be done than was initially expected.
Karel Sobota recalled how Albert Goering looked the other way as the Czech
employees made wrong translations of catalogs, 'forgot' to do tasks
assigned to them, left work unfinished in their desks or 'lost' important
documents. The employees risked their lives - had they been caught
red-handed by the Gestapo or the SS, they had been executed on the spot.