One of the Third Reich’s Most Famous Children Has Died

Edda and her infamous father, Hermann Goering. Pic by The Telegraph

How does one describe Edda Goering? She “was a sort of Shirley Temple of Nazi Germany,” writes the Telegraph, while the New York Times calls her “practically a princess of the Third Reich.” Both provide a sense of the media attention the daughter of Hitler henchman Hermann Goering received upon her birth in 1938 and through her early years.

Edda Goering, who was Hitler’s goddaughter and who defended her father all her life, died in December at age 80, though that hadn’t been made public until now. She is buried in an unmarked grave in Munich, reports the Times of Israel.

Hermann Goering ran Hitler’s air force and amassed a huge collection of plundered artwork as the Nazis advanced throughout Europe. Edda Goering, however, always maintained that her father got a bad rap.

“My father’s problem was his loyalty to Hitler,” she once said. “He had sworn personal fealty to him and would never abandon it, even when Hitler had gone too far. The things that happened to the Jews were horrible, but quite separate from my father.” She said she had only “loving” memories of her father.

As for that artwork, she tried for decades to get some of it back after it was seized from her family when Hitler fell. “It was all profit for the government,” she said, “and of course I did not receive anything.” Her father committed suicide in his prison cell shortly before he was to be executed for war crimes.

Edited via Newser.

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3 Responses to One of the Third Reich’s Most Famous Children Has Died

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    March 14, 2019 at 10:14 am

    “even when Hitler had gone too far”

    I’m not going to say anything about her feelings for her father. I wouldn’t expect objectivity, but the words in quotes trouble me because I’ve heard them all my life. The insinuation and sometimes the overtly expressed sentiment is that Hitler was basically right about Germany and the world’s problems – he just went too far.

    Does this mean that simply depriving Jews of their property and citizenship should have been enough? It’s hard to know what’s in the mind of people, but studying European, or more accurately Christian history from the Jewish perspective suggests the latter viewpoint. Persecution of Jews is as old as the Romanization of Christianity. Owning property was restricted. Professions were restricted, citizenship denied and in many periods, Jews were slaughtered in alarming numbers. In fact I’ve read that most of those killed in the Crusades were Jews, both in Europe and in Jerusalem. Yes, that’s in part what’s behind the panic in Congress when a Somali representative talked about American Jews not being “real” Americans and loyal to another entity than the US.

    As much as we’re told that White people believe that racism no longer exists, I’d like to suggest that what I see all the time is true. People believe anti-semitism is gone or at least only a vestige of what it was. Jews really aren’t “true” Americans and can’t be trusted – Just like the Nazis said. With the blossoming anti-wealth rhetoric, can we suspect that it will feed more anti-semitism (because that ancient calumny – that Jews control all the money) thrives on class warfare?

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      March 14, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Racism absolutely exists, albeit not as prevalent as perhaps 50 years ago. I’m convinced it will always be part of society, regardless of the years. I expect, 300 years from now, humans will be decrying those ‘low life’ Venusians.

  2. Neil Bamforth Reply

    March 15, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Bloody Venusians… We’ve let far too many in!!!

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