brutality of the Nazis accelerated with murder, violence and terror, the
seeds of their plan for the total extermination of the Jews dawned on
Albert Goering in all its horror - he saw the Jews as mothers, fathers,
children. So he decided to act and helped many Jews escape from Vienna by
procuring travel documents.
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.
Richard Sonnenfeldt, chief interpreter and youngest member of the American
prosecution team at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, later recalled how the
Reichmarshal enjoyed displaying his power to Albert by freeing Jews from
the concentration camps. "Albert would go to his brother Hermann and
say, 'Hermann you're so big and so powerful, and here's a Jew who's a good
Jew and doesn't belong in a concentration camp'," Sonnenfeldt said.
" 'Can't you just sign a paper?' And Hermann would say, 'This is
absolutely the last time I'm going to do this, don't come back',"
said Sonnenfeldt, 80, on a tour of Germany to promote a book about his
Nuremberg experiences Mehr als ein Leben. "A month later,
Albert would be back," he said. "We found a hundred people on
Albert's list that were freed. All because Goering had such a need to show
off to his younger brother."
Albert was arrested by the Gestapo several times, however was released
with the help of his brother.
The physician Laszlo Kovacs had been the personal doctor to Albert Goering
since 1939. He later recalled hearing Goering say: 'I defy Hitler, my
brother and all the National Socialists.' He began giving Kovacs money
and set up a joint bank account at the Bank Orelli in Bern which he
instructed Kovacs to use to help Jewish refugees to get to Lisbon. After
the German occupation of Italy in 1943, Goering wrote out a laissez passer
for Kovacs as his personal doctor.
When Albert was stationed in Bucharest, Rumania, two Nazi officers saw him
standing on a balcony and recognized him as the brother of Hermann Goering.
They did the Nazi salute 'Heil Hitler' in front of him, but Albert
coldly replied 'you can kiss my ass ...'