Albert Goering is being considered for an honour given to those who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. A file is being prepared at Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, the Holocaust memorial and research centre in Israel, to put Albert Goering forward for the Righteous Among the Nations award. A campaign to honour him follows growing recognition of his efforts to save victims of the Nazis.
- March 2013, Louis Bülow
The notorious Nazi Hermann Goering aided Adolf Hitler's rise to power and for years he was second in importance only to Hitler in The Third Reich.
As founder of the Gestapo, Hermann Goering was instrumental in creating the first concentration camps for political dissidents and a prominent leader of the Final Solution, the murder of 6,000,000 Jews. Next to Hitler the man who played the largest part in the shaping of the Nazi inferno.
But his younger brother Albert Goering loathed all of Nazism's inhumanity and at the risk of his career, fortune and life, used his name and connections to save many Jews and gentiles. He is credited with many acts of kindness, small and large. Even today survivors remember once he took off his jacket, went down on his knees, and scrubbed a sidewalk together with Jews who were ordered by the Nazis to do so in public as a humiliation.
The parallel with Oskar Schindler is inevitable. The story of Oskar Schindler awakened a new generation to the realities of the Holocaust, but Albert Goering, however, is almost unknown - he was shoved into obscurity by the enormity of his brother's crimes.
After the war Albert Goering was interrogated at the Nuremberg Trials and many survivors testified on his behalf - but he was imprisoned for several years for his name alone ...
A report, buried until recently in British archives, documents that Albert Goering actually saved many lives - Jews and non-Jews - from the horrors of Holocaust.
This is his story.
- Louis Bülow