By: Adrian Caruana 10L
Involvement in WW1
Wednesday, Jan. 3rd 1923 at 12am
After the war, Göring worked as a commercial pilot in Denmark and Sweden, where he met Swedish Carin von Kantzow, who promptly divorced her estranged husband and married Göring in January 1923. In delicate health, she had died of tuberculosis in 1931.
Their activities in the 1930s
Relationship with Hitler
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Involvement with WW2
Goering learned that Hitler had publicly admitted in Berlin that the war is lost. He was scared that Martin Bormann (Hitler’s personal secretary) will take power of the country if Hitler killed himself, so he activated a plan to takeover. This plan was based on the fact that Hitler, back in 1941, appointed Goering as his successor in case he dies or becomes unable to perform his duties. Goering, sent to Berlin a telegram in which he said that he was ready to take over the power from Hitler in case it was necessary. He added that if the wire is not responded by 22:00 on that day, he will take over the position of Reich leader. Martin Bormann intercepted the telegram, and presented it to Hitler as if Goering had betrayed the Führer. Goering was dismissed and was shortly arrested. Hitler appointed Goebbels as the new chancellor, and Admiral Donitz as his successor as head of state.
What happened to them after the war
While awaiting trial as a war criminal, Goering defended himself before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg which he was charged on all four counts (crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and conspiracy to commit crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity). Goering denied any involvement in the regime's but was condemned to death nonetheless. He pleaded to be shot instead of hanged, but the tribunal refused his request. On October 15, 1946, the night that his execution was ordered—and a year and a half after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide in his own bunker—Hermann Goering took a cyanide capsule and died in his cell.