Hitler's Henchmen

Season 1 Episode 4

The Marshall: Hermann Goring

Aired Unknown Feb 04, 2013 on
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The Marshall: Hermann Goring
Half war monger, half comedian - more than any of Hitler's other helpers Hermann Göring embodied the two-faced deception which permeated the murderous Nazi regime. Most of his contemporaries saw in him the light-hearted side of the "Third Reich". As one of Hitler's oldest cronies, Goring helped the brown-shirted demagogue become publicly acceptable - another reason for Hitler's quick ascent to the heights of unrestrained power. The popular, highly decorated World War I hero was the patsy who held Hitler's stirrups. Right up to the closing days of the war he was clearly Hitler's second-in-command. When the Luftwaffe was no longer able to execute Göring's terse promises, he slowly fell into discredit and began to show physical and psychological signs of deterioration. Nevertheless, Göring continued to live as the "last Renaissance man" - a gallant addicted to morphine, luxury and power. Hitler's number two man was the victim of an imminent military catastrophe and his own shortcomings. Up to the end he clung to the prestige which his offices and appointments afforded - even when it meant undermining Hitler's military ambitions. During the war tribunal in Nürnberg Göring showed the world that he remained a true Nazi elitist: a remarkable mind, but void of conscience or scruples. Private film footage and declassified documents from both Germany and abroad, are presented for the first time. They depict a man who craved opulent luxuries: stolen works of art, expensive villas, outlandish, eccentric uniforms. Here was a man for whom too much was never enough. Göring, whose schizophrenic, brutal personality knew no restraints, is shown for what he truly was: a man obsessed with greed serving a man obsessed with power.moreless

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