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Hermann Göring

Geburtstag: 12. Januar 1893
Todesdatum: 15. Oktober 1946
Andere Namen:Hermann Wilhelm Göring

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Hermann Wilhelm Göring war ein führender deutscher nationalsozialistischer Politiker. Ab Mai 1935 war er Oberbefehlshaber der deutschen Luftwaffe.

Göring erlangte im Ersten Weltkrieg einige Bekanntheit und Ansehen als Jagdflieger. Er nahm am Hitlerputsch teil und trug maßgeblich zum Aufstieg der NSDAP bei. Im August 1932 wurde er zum Reichstagspräsidenten gewählt. Am Tag der Machtübernahme ernannte Hitler ihn zum Reichsminister ohne Geschäftsbereich, Reichskommissar für Luftfahrt und Reichskommissar für das preußische Innenministerium. Am 11. April 1933 wurde Göring auch Ministerpräsident Preußens.

In den beiden letzteren Positionen war Göring maßgeblich an der Gleichschaltung und der Verfolgung der Opposition beteiligt, die er mit äußerster Brutalität betreiben ließ. Er war für die Gründung der Gestapo sowie die Einrichtung der ersten Konzentrationslager ab 1933 verantwortlich. Ab Oktober 1936 betrieb er als Beauftragter für den Vierjahresplan die weitere Aufrüstung der Wehrmacht und bereitete so den Krieg vor. Im Juli 1940 – nach dem sehr schnellen Ende des Westfeldzuges – ernannte Hitler Göring zum Reichsmarschall.

In der Öffentlichkeit des In- und Auslands galt Göring bis zum Kriegsende als einer der einflussreichsten NS-Politiker. Tatsächlich verlor er, wie die spätere Erforschung des Innenlebens der NS-Diktatur zeigte, vor und während des Krieges trotz einer Anhäufung von Ämtern und Titeln Schlüsselbefugnisse an konkurrierende NS-Funktionäre wie Heinrich Himmler und Joseph Goebbels. Als Chef der Luftwaffe geriet Göring wegen der Niederlage bei der Luftschlacht um England , der beginnenden verheerenden Bombardierung des Reichsgebiets durch die Alliierten und des Scheiterns einer Luftbrücke bei der Schlacht von Stalingrad in Misskredit.

Am 31. Juli 1941 beauftragte er Reinhard Heydrich mit der Organisation der sogenannten „Endlösung der Judenfrage“.

Ab 1942/43 zog sich Göring – sowohl auf parteiinternen Druck hin als auch aus eigenem Antrieb – zunehmend ins Privatleben zurück, wo er einen dekadent-luxuriösen Lebensstil pflegte. Viele Ämter führte er seitdem – wenn überhaupt – nur noch in repräsentativer Weise aus.

Göring war einer der 24 im Nürnberger Prozess gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher vor dem Internationalen Militärgerichtshof Angeklagten. Er wurde am 1. Oktober 1946 in allen vier Anklagepunkten schuldig gesprochen und zum Tod durch den Strang verurteilt. Durch Suizid entzog er sich der Vollstreckung des Urteils.

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„Wer Jude ist[, ] bestimme ich!“

—  Hermann Göring
Upton Siclair: One Clear Call. Viking New York 1948, p. 498 books. google

„Wenn auch nur ein feindliches Flugzeug unser Reichsgebiet überfliegt, will ich Meier heißen!“

—  Hermann Göring
in einer Rundfunkrede bei Kriegsanfang, zitiert u. a. in: Günter Oestermann: Junger Wolf im Nebel. Ein Junge in Deutschland 1930-1945. Books on Demand, 2001. ISBN 9783831124879. S. 157.

„No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Göring. You may call me Meyer.“

—  Hermann Göring
Addressing the Luftwaffe (September 1939) as quoted in August 1939: The Last Days of Peace (1979) by Nicholas Fleming, p. 171; "Meyer" (or "Meier") is a common name in Germany. This statement would come back to haunt him as Allied bombers devastated Germany; many ordinary Germans, especially in Berlin, took to calling him "Meier", and air raid sirens "Meier's Trumpets". It is said that he once himself introduced himself as "Meier" when taking refuge in an air-raid shelter in Berlin.

„The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops.“

—  Hermann Göring
Context: In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set – then at least I'll own something that has always worked. This statement was attributed to Goering in at least one book on World War II, but it was removed from the English Wikipedia page on him on grounds that it was not actually verified that Goering had ever said it.

„Why, of course, the people don't want war.“

—  Hermann Göring
Context: p> Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.</p In an interview with Gilbert in Göring's jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946) http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.asp

„Ah, the Jews, the Jews, they'll be the death of me yet!“

—  Hermann Göring
Context: Now you see. You are even turning the Fuehrer against me. Ah, the Jews, the Jews, they'll be the death of me yet! Exclamation made by Göring in November 1938, soon after Kristallnacht. He returned from a day of dealing with the aftermath of the vandalism and looting to find his wife Emmy asking him to help Jewish friends of hers yet again, and the following day, received a note from Hitler, indicating this assistance must stop. As quoted in The Reich Marshal: A Biography of Hermann Goering (1974) by Leonard Mosley, p. 229.

„Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood.“

—  Hermann Göring
Context: p> Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.</p In an interview with Gilbert in Göring's jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946) http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.asp

„It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito.“

—  Hermann Göring
Context: In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set – then at least I'll own something that has always worked. This statement was attributed to Goering in at least one book on World War II, but it was removed from the English Wikipedia page on him on grounds that it was not actually verified that Goering had ever said it.

„I especially denounce the terrible mass murders, which I cannot understand... I never ordered any killing or tortures where I had the power to prevent such actions!“

—  Hermann Göring
Göring's closing statement to the Nuremberg tribunal (31 August 1946); as quoted in Witness to Nuremberg (2006) by Richard Sonnenfeldt, p. 70

„When I hear the word culture, I reach for my Browning!“

—  Hermann Göring
Variant: "When I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver." Often attributed to Göring, who might have used such lines, these statements are derived from those in the play Schlageter by Hanns Johst: "Wenn ich Kultur höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning!" [Whenever I hear of culture... I release the safety-catch of my Browning!] (Act 1, Scene 1) The play was first performed in April 1933 for Hitler's birthday. Reported as a misattribution in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 36. "When I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver" was also is used in the 1981 Cannes Film Festival Award winner Mephisto spoken by a character known as "The General" in the English dubbed version.

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