The brother of the war criminal who founded the Gestapo may be honored for saving Jews during the Holocaust.
Research at Yad Vashem appears to show that Albert Goering, the businessman brother of senior Nazi official Hermann Goering, rescued hundreds of Jews and political dissidents during WWII.
Reports by the Gestapo, US Army interrogation records and survivor testimonies suggest that the younger Goering risked his life to save victims of the Nazi regime by obtaining exit permits for Jews and transferring their assets out of Germany.
There are indications Albert Goering also used his family connections to help get Jewish prisoners out of concentration camps, and to prevent the Gestapo from investigating his activities.
After the war, Albert Goering spent two years in prison while Allied authorities sorted out his story. His older brother, who led Germany’s air force during the war and was the second-highest-ranking Nazi tried at Nuremberg, committed suicide in 1946, on the night before he was due to be hanged.
It has been reported that the younger Goering, burdened by his notorious family name and legacy, became depressed and alcoholic following the war. He died in 1966.
His Yad Vashem file has yet to be completed. Should a commission bestow on him the Righteous Among the Nations award, he would join Oskar Schindler and approximately 500 other Germans who’ve received the distinction.