What would happen to your family should one of your siblings join a deadly political beast? If you were a member of the Göring family in the first half of the 1900s, you would find your entire family divided. This was the situation between Albert and Hermann Göring, two brothers torn apart by World War II. While one brother, Hermann, became a proud member of the Nazi Party, the other, Albert, chose an entirely different direction.
The years of war pitted brother against brother, as Albert led a resistance effort against his brother and his chosen organization that freed hundreds of potential victims. This is Albert Göring’s history – the story of so many helpless Germans who were safely freed thanks to this younger brother’s persistence and refusal to abide by Nazi rule.
A Divide Between Brothers
For much of the Göring family’s life, all was well. The family’s patriarch, Heinrich Ernst Göring, enjoyed success as the Reichskommissar to German South-West Africa while his wife, Franziska Tiefenbrunn, left behind her life as a Bavarian peasant to create a family of her own. When the two married, Göring brought two daughters from his first marriage.
Eventually, the couple grew their family and added three more children. On March 9, 1895, Albert entered the world as the youngest Göring sibling – the third son after elder brothers Hermann and Karl. The Göring family enjoyed their status as a prominent German family. Yet in the years to come, everything would change as the political landscape of Germany did too.
As Albert grew older and began considering different careers, he headed down the path of a filmmaker and began capturing scenes for various films. While the youngest of the Göring siblings took a more artistic approach to his career, older brother Hermann decided politics was his preferred arena – and Adolf Hitler was the leader he wanted to support.
As Hitler built a foundation of stalwart supports and began to rise to power, Hermann Göring quickly became an integral member of the Nazi Party. In the early years of Hitler’s political ascent, Hermann was the leader’s right-hand man. Hermann was even responsible for founding the Gestapo and creating the first concentration camps designed to hold political dissidents. It was this Göring brother who helped implement the “Final Solution,” or the Nazi’s efforts to murder 6 million Jews.
By the time Hitler ascended to total power in 1933 and put his Nazi regime in place to rule the German people, Hermann was the head of the German Luftwaffe and a prominent face within the Party. Hermann truly shaped not only the fate of the Nazi Party but also its cruel tactics.
His younger brother Albert, however, wasn’t impressed by Hitler or Hermann. In fact, Albert quickly became an outspoken opponent of Nazism, speaking out against its brutality and unbelievable power. The youngest of the Görings actively fought against the Nazi Party and its inhumanity, putting his life and his career at risk.
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