Rudolph Hess And His Very Bad Decision.

by Daniel Russ on October 22, 2018

 

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1894, on April 26th, Rudolf Hess did not actually reside in Germany until he was a teenager. He grew up the son of a successful businessman in the export industry. It was something his father wanted him to take up but he had no interest whatsoever in that. When war broke out in Europe, Hess joined the Germany military as much to escape his father as it was to find a different path form himself. In World War I he went from the infantry to the German air Corps and became a fighter pilot.

 

After the war he became a student at the University of Munich and became involved in the Thule Society, an anti-semitic society that envisioned a world of Nordic Supremacy.

Hess famously worshipped the ground that Hitler walked on. He was the 16thmember of the National Socialists party and was an unapologetic supporter of Hitler. Hess famously quipped: “With pride we see that one man remains beyond all criticism, that is the Führer. This is because everyone feels and knows: he is always right, and he will always be right. The National Socialism of all of us is anchored in uncritical loyalty, in the surrender to the Führer that does not ask for the why in individual cases, in the silent execution of his orders. We believe that the Führer is obeying a higher call to fashion German history. There can be no criticism of this belief.” After hearing Hitler speak in a tavern, on July1, 1920, he devoted himself to the cause. By 1932, he rose to the position of Chairman of the Central Political Commission of the Nazi Party and SS General.

Hess was no brilliant operative. His best quality to Hitler was his unwavering belief. Hess didn’t have critical thinking that he needed to hold actual power. Out of loyalty Hitler invented positions for Hess: Reich Minister without Portfolio, Secret Cabinet Council, and Ministerial Council for Reich Defense.

Hess lost ground to Martin Bormann and other cabinet ministers that Hitler actually listened to. In a remarkably bad decision making process Hess took a wild chance and ended up getting himself thrown in prison until he killed himself in his cell in Spandau.

He knew Hitler planned to invade Russia, and then conquer England on Germany’s flank. On May 10, 1941, about 6 weeks in advance of the invasion, Hess configured an Me-110 with extra fuel tanks, and took off in the night to Scotland. It took 5 hours and 900 miles across the North Sea, but he made it to within a few miles of his target, the Duke of Hamilton, a diplomat he met in Berlin during the 1936 Olympics. He parachuted of his craft out at 6000 feet and asked to see the Duke.

Hess intended to try and negotiate a treaty with English authorities because both the Brits and the Germans were Aryans. He wanted the UK to make peace so Germany wouldn’t have to fight a two front war.

He lost any chance for freedom at the Nuremburg Trials. Over the next few decades he would grow demented and unable to testify. He killed himself in 1987 at 92.

 

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