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Hermann Göring

Data di nascita: 12. Gennaio 1893
Data di morte: 15. Ottobre 1946
Altri nomi:Hermann Wilhelm Göring

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Hermann Wilhelm Göring è stato un politico, militare e criminale di guerra tedesco.

Abile pilota da caccia e asso delle forze aeree tedesche durante la prima guerra mondiale, nel dopoguerra entrò nel partito nazista, diventando rapidamente il principale luogotenente di Adolf Hitler. Considerato un eroe di guerra dalla eccentrica personalità, Göring, dotato di grande energia e determinazione, fu accanto ad Hitler con un ruolo spesso decisivo in tutte le fasi iniziali del Nazismo fino alla presa del potere e alla costituzione del Terzo Reich.

Dopo la presa del potere, Göring accumulò un gran numero di titoli, cariche, riconoscimenti e beni materiali, esaurendo in gran parte la sua energia seguendo uno stile di vita stravagante e dissoluto. Contemporaneamente tuttavia Göring svolse una importantissima attività politica all'interno del Reich dirigendo, con il titolo supremo di Maresciallo del Reich, la creazione della Luftwaffe, la costituzione della polizia segreta, le attività repressive e anche il sistema concentrazionario e di sterminio.

Con l'inizio della seconda guerra mondiale, Göring, pur mantenendo il ruolo e il titolo di "numero due" del regime, perse progressivamente il suo potere a causa soprattutto del suo comportamento morale discutibile e delle sconfitte della Luftwaffe, non in grado di impedire la distruzione delle città tedesche, né di ostacolare la crescente superiorità aerea del nemico. Nel 1945, dopo un fallimentare tentativo di succedere a Hitler e intavolare trattative con i nemici occidentali, venne arrestato dalle SS, una volta rilasciato si consegnò agli Alleati per poi essere condannato a morte nel processo di Norimberga. Göring riuscì a sfuggire al patibolo, suicidandosi alla vigilia dell'esecuzione.

Personalità complessa e contraddittoria, Göring dimostrò con le sue azioni una brutale carica di violenza e condivise sostanzialmente, con un ruolo direttivo, tutti i crimini del nazismo.

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Frasi Hermann Göring

„Io non ho nessuna coscienza! La mia coscienza è Adolf Hitler.“

—  Hermann Göring
citato in Theodor Schieder, Hermann Rauschning «Gespräche mit Hitler» als Geschichtsquelle, Opladen 1972, p. 19, nota 25; citato in Joseph Ratzinger, Euntes Docete, Commentaria Urbaniana, Roma, XLIII/1990/3, p. 431-436; citato in Newman – uno dei grandi maestri della Chiesa, Centro Internazionale degli Amici di Newman

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„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.

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„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.

„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.

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„Excellency, please sign. I hate to say it, but my job is not the easiest one. Prague, your capital- I should be terribly sorry if I were compelled to destroy this beautiful city. But I would have to do it, to make the English and French understand that my air force can do all it claims to do. Because they still don't want to believe this is so, and I should like an opportunity of giving them proof.“

—  Hermann Göring
Said by Goering to the President of Czechoslovakia Emile Hácha on March 15, 1939, when Hácha, tired and under heavy pressure from Hitler to sign a document effectively handing his country over to Germany, nonetheless tried to resist signing. Hácha eventually gave up, and the combined pressure that Hitler and Goering had put on him caused Hácha to have a heart attack at 4:00 that morning. As quoted in On Borrowed Time: How World War II Began (1969) by Leonard Mosley, p. 167.

„The people were merely to acknowledge the authority of the Führer, or, let us say, to declare themselves in agreement with the Führer. If they gave the Führer their confidence then it was their concern to exercise the other functions. Thus, not the individual persons were to be selected according to the will of the people, but solely the leadership itself.“

—  Hermann Göring
Statement (18 March 1946) Cross Examination of Hermann Goering "Eighty-Fourth Day, Monday, 3/18/1946, Part 16" http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/nuremberg/Goering1.html in Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal Vol. IX. Proceedings: 3/8/1946-3/23/1946 (1947)

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