Hermann Goering The Nazi
(Goering on how to get the citizens of a country to support an unpopular war)
By Chance Kelsey, chancellorfiles.com
Chance: Hermann Goering was second in command of nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler appointed him to this position. Goering was born January 12, 1893 and died on October 15, 1946 he was a member of the nazi party, and second in command of the Third Reich. He was a German politician and military leader too. Goering was also the commander of the Luftwaffe; the Luftwaffe was the German air force. In World War I (world war one) he was a pilot and he flew bombing and reconnaissance missions for the air force (Luftwaffe).
He was tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials in 1945-1946 and sentenced to death by hanging, however, he escaped the hangman’s noose around two hours before his scheduled execution by way of a potassium cyanide capsule (suicide, it is believed that an American soldier who was guarding Germain war criminals gave Goering the capsule). He was of aristocratic heritage and a war hero of World War I, having won the coveted Pour le Mérite. He was called fat Hermann because he put on a lot of weight he enjoyed eating and parting.
Goering and Prison (in German his name is spelled Hermann Wilhelm Göring)
This photo of Goering was taken after he committed suicde in his jail cell.
Goering implied that the citizens of any country can be tricked by their leaders into supporting a war even if the people don’t want war.
"Hermann Goering’s last days were spent with Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist who was granted free access by the Allies to all the prisoners held in the Nuremberg
jail. Gilbert kept a journal of his observations of the proceedings and his conversations with the prisoners, which he later published in the book Nuremberg Diary. The following quote was a part of a conversation Gilbert held with a dejected Hermann Goering in his cell on the evening of 18 April 1946, as the trials were halted for a three-day Easter recess.
Gustave Gilbert wrote: Sweating in his cell in the evening, Goering was defensive and deflated and not very happy over the turn the trial was taking. He said that he had no control over the actions or the defense of the others, and that he had never been anti-Semitic himself, had not believed these atrocities, and that several Jews had offered to testify in his behalf… Later in the conversation, Gilbert recorded Goering’s observations that the common people can always be manipulated into supporting and fighting wars by their political leaders."
Below is the complete quote by Hermann Goering about how to get the citizen of a country to support a war, with a comment by Gilbert that occurred midway through it:
"Nazi leader Hermann Goering, interviewed by Gustave Gilbert during the Easter recess of the Nuremberg trials, 1946 April 18, quoted in Gilbert’s book ‘Nuremberg Diary.’
Goering: 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.
Goering: 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 in any country."
Chance: Long after Goering’s death in many countries around the world we can clearly see that no matter whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship, the citizens have often been tricked into supporting wars they don’t want. This shows the intelligence and military capabilities of Goering it also reveals that he had a deep insight into the collective psychology of the citizens.
In this 21st century in the United States Of America President George W. Bush has used Goering’s method of inciting the citizens of America to go and pursue an unpopular war. And the Americans who disagree with the war are called pacifists and are disliked by Bush’s supporters. If President George W. Bush wanted to defeat terrorists in their own countries, he should have thought out a better plan because invading these third world Muslin countries has proved disastrous for the American military. The American military looks weak because the insurgents (terrorists) keep planting bombs in various places and our military soldiers are being killed — and the majority of the time the insurgents who did this get way. If things keep going the way they have been going in Iraq and other Muslim countries America that America is at war with. This will cause an alliance between China and the Muslims – therefore, America will end up fighting China also. The Chinese army is very powerful and America will end up on the loosing side just like Germany lost during world war II.
Hermann Goering was a Nazi leader, but at the sametime he was very intelligent when it came to showing how to get the people of a country to go along with war even when they didn’t want war. The Propaganda of denouncing pacifists as traitors and weaklings puts fear in the hearts of the people who agree with those who criticize the leaders for pulling the citizens into needless wars. It is said that, you can learn something from anyone this includes Hermann Goering.
By Chance (chancellor)
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