Zitate von Rudolf Heß
Geburtstag: 26. April 1894
Todesdatum: 17. August 1987
Rudolf Walter Richard Heß [hɛs] war ein deutscher Politiker . Heß war ab 1933 Reichsminister ohne Geschäftsbereich und ab 1939 Mitglied des Ministerrates für die Reichsverteidigung. Öffentlich tat sich Heß als fanatischer Anhänger des Führerkultes hervor. 1933 ernannte ihn Adolf Hitler zu seinem Stellvertreter in der Parteileitung. Am 10. Mai 1941 flog Heß nach Großbritannien, um die britische Regierung zu einem Friedensschluss zu bewegen. Er geriet in Kriegsgefangenschaft und wurde 1945 dem internationalen Militärgerichtshof in Nürnberg überstellt. Er war einer der 24 Angeklagten im Nürnberger Prozess gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher. Heß wurde am 1. Oktober 1946 in zwei von vier Anklagepunkten schuldig gesprochen und zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt. 1987 starb er im Kriegsverbrechergefängnis Spandau durch Suizid. Wikipedia
Zitate Rudolf Heß
Rede am 10. September 1934 auf dem Reichsparteitag in Nürnberg, Völkischer Beobachter vom 12. September 1934, zitiert in Till Philip Koltermann, Abe Yasuko: Der Untergang des Dritten Reiches im Spiegel der deutsch-japanischen Kulturbegegnung 1933–1945, Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-447-06072-1, S. 103 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=NJZ7mImJkUYC&q=%22die+partei+ist%22
„Ich bereue nichts. Stünde ich wieder am Anfang, würde ich wieder handeln[, ] wie ich handelte, auch wenn ich wüßte, daß am Ende ein Scheiterhaufen für meinen Flammentod brennt. Gleichgültig was Menschen tun, dereinst stehe ich vor dem Richterstuhl des Ewigen. Ihm werde ich mich verantworten, und ich weiß, er spricht mich frei.“
aus seinem Schlusswort am 216. Verhandlungstag des Nürnberger Hauptkriegsverbrecherprozesses (31. August 1946), Der Prozeß gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher vor dem Internationalen Gerichtshof Nürnberg, Band 22, 1947, S. 424 zeno.org http://www.zeno.org/nid/20002763729#424; Audio im SWR2 Archivradio http://www.swr.de/swr2/wissen/archivradio/archivradio-nuernberger-prozess-09-rudolf-hess/-/id=2847740/did=18188692/nid=2847740/fhbmis/index.html
Prisoner #7: Rudolph Hess (1974)
„My coming to England in this way is, as I realize, so unusual that nobody will easily understand it. I was confronted by a very hard decision. I do not think I could have arrived at my final choice unless I had continually kept before my eyes the vision of an endless line of children's coffins with weeping mothers behind them, both English and German, and another line of coffins of mothers with mourning children.“
Statement of 10 June 1941, as quoted in Rudolf Hess: Prisoner of Peace (1982) by Ilse Hess (his wife).
Suicide note, found in his pocket. (17 August 1987)
„I have been reading about the problems of youth. You know, with all the criticism that was levelled at von Schirach and his Hitler Jugend, it is forgotten that he did a fantastic thing with Germany's young. He kept them busy, he kept them out of trouble. In those years we did not have to concern ourselves with the worry of youths taking drugs, getting involved in crime, and sexual permissiveness. We did not have burning of national flags and draft cards. We had a healthy youth with healthy minds, all pulling together to build a nation. That is what we need today. We need to get them back on the right track.“
When his Prison Director replied with: "But surely, you were doing all this for a different purpose. You were building a super-race for war, for conquests. Today youth is rebelling because we made a mess of the world." Hess retorted: "Maybe, but they won't make a better world with drugs."
Prisoner #7: Rudolph Hess (1974)
„I was permitted to work for many years of my life under the greatest son whom my people has brought forth in its thousand year history. Even if I could, I would not want to erase this period of time from my existence. I am happy to know that I have done my duty, to my people, my duty as a German, as a National Socialist, as a loyal follower of my Führer. I do not regret anything. If I were to begin all over again, I would act just as I have acted, even if I knew that in the end I should meet a fiery death at the stake. No matter what human beings may do, I shall some day stand before the judgment seat of the Eternal. I shall answer to Him, and I know He will judge me innocent.“
Last statement by Heß to the International Military Tribunal in Nüremberg (31 August 1946)
„You take an oath to a man whom you know follows the laws of providence, which he obeys independently of the influence of earthly powers, who leads the German people rightly, and who will guide Germany's fate. Through your oath you bind yourselves to a man who — that is our faith — was sent to us by higher powers. Do not seek Adolf Hitler with your mind. You will find him through the strength of your hearts!“
"The Oath to Adolf Hitler" (1934)
„I was suspicious for several reasons… after all, Hess who had been held in Spandau for almost 30 years was by then 93-years-old and fragile. I doubted he had the strength to kill himself with a cord which was not attached at both ends to anything.“
Lt. Col. Eugene K. Bird on the death of Hess, to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur reporter, as quoted in "Former governor of Spandau Prison dies in Berlin" in Expatica (7 November 2005)
„Reflecting upon the whole of the story, I am glad not to be responsible for the way in which Hess has been and is being treated. Whatever may be the moral guilt of a German who stood near to Hitler, Hess had, in my view, atoned for this by his completely devoted and frantic deed of lunatic benevolence. He came to us of his own free will, and, though without authority, had something of the quality of an envoy. He was a medical and not a criminal case, and should be so regarded.“
Winston Churchill, in The Grand Alliance (1950), p. 55.