The capture of Hermann Goering (5-9-45)

The Pittsburgh Press (May 9, 1945)

Goering gives up to Yanks

Marshal says Hitler sentenced him to die – Kesselring also taken
By Eleanor Packard, United Press staff writer

After surrendering, Reich Marshal Hermann Goering, ex-head of the German Air Force, baffled, donned a fresh uniform with medals and posed for this photograph. (Signal Corps)

WITH U.S. SEVENTH ARMY – Reich Marshal Hermann Goering has surrendered to the Americans.

The former chief of the Nazi Air Force told his captors that he had been in hiding since April 24 when Adolf Hitler condemned him to death for expressing a desire to take over control of the German government.

An announcement today that Goering was in custody of the U.S. Seventh Army also revealed the capture of Marshal Albert Kesselring, former commander of Germany’s Western Front.

Goering was the first of the old guard Nazi triumvirate – Hitler, Goering, Goebbels – to be accounted for officially. He surrendered to the 36th Infantry Division, which was engaged in the Seventh Army mop-up of the surrendered area on the southern wing of what was the Western Front.

Helen Kirkpatrick of The Chicago Daily News and Pittsburgh Press quoted a “most reputable source” in Paris as saying that Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo, is under house arrest in Flensburg, seat of Adm. Doenitz’s German government.

The Danish Kalundborg radio said it learned that Himmler is in Sweden.

Miss Kirkpatrick’s dispatch said Doenitz seized power by a coup d’etat after arresting Himmler.

Reich Marshal Goering – the rank was his alone in the heyday of Nazism – gave up to Brig. Gen. Robert J. Stack, assistant divisional commander, at Radstadt, about 35 miles southeast of Salzburg.

Saved by air force

He told Gen. Stack that Hitler – who was reported by the Nazis to be dead in the ruins of Berlin – sentenced him to death on April 24, when the handwriting was on the wall for even the most nearsighted Nazi to read.

Hitler’s SS Elite Guards arrested him, Goering said. But members of the German Air Force, from the command of which he was ousted in the Nazi debacle, rescued him, he said.

He streaked for a hideout in the Bavarian Alps, the touted “national redoubt” in which the Nazi fanatics were going to hold out after the rest of Hitler’s Reich was gone.

Sends aide

When the 36th Infantry Division approached his hideout, Goering sent his personal adjutant, Col. von Brauchitsch, a son of the commander-in-chief of the German Army in the early days of the war, to divisional headquarters with an offer to surrender to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gen. Jacob L. Devers, commander of the 6th Army Group.

Von Brauchitsch arrived at a command post at 9 a.m. yesterday. He explained his mission to Gen. Stack and Maj. Gen. John E. Dahlquist, division commander.

Gen. Stack went with von Brauchitsch to the Radstadt hideout, meeting the Reich Marshal on the road. Goering was accompanied by his wife, a child, and several military aides and personal retainers.

The entire party went to a castle near the famous ski resort of Kitzbuhel, which was occupied by friends of Goering. They arrived at 10:30 p.m. yesterday.

***Give non-Nazi salute

When Gen. Stack and Goering met on the road, both clambered out of their cars and gave the military salute – Goering’s, significantly, not the Nazi salute.

“I am Gen. Stack of the 36th Division,” the officer told Goering.

Goering explained that he spoke some English but understood it better than he spoke it. On the drive to Kitzbuhel, Goering told Gen. Stack that he last spoke to Hitler on April 24.

On that day – one day before the Red Army completed the encirclement of Berlin, where the Nazis said Hitler died in battle – Goering said he telephoned the Fuehrer at Berchtesgaden.

Gives reminder

The Allies were about to bisect Germany, and Goering reminded Hitler that the Fuehrer once said in the early days of the war that if anything happened to him, Goering should assume command.

Goering said he suggested that the time was at hand, since the end seemed near.

Hitler, he said, was enraged by the suggestion. He accused Goering of losing faith and bluntly flung in his teeth the warning that Goering’s death warrant was ready, adding: “If you renounce all your titles and high honors, you will be forgiven.”

Goering said he complied, but Hitler nevertheless ordered his execution. He was arrested at Berchtesgaden, he said. Then his followers shot their way through the Elite Guard and carried him away to a mountain hideout, the location of which the SS men could not ascertain.

Goering seemed in excellent health and high spirits. He gave no evidence of realizing that he was out of the frying pan of Hitler’s sentence into the fire of probable trial by the Allies as a war criminal.

As soon as he arrived at the castle, he bathed and put on a favorite gray uniform trimmed with heavy gold braid. He pinned on a row of the medals for which he has become notorious, and posed for photographers. He asked them to hurry, saying he wanted to eat.

“And drink?” one photographer added.

“Nein, nein,” he retorted. “Drinking is for you.”

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Neues Österreich (May 10, 1945)

Göring gefangengenommen

Vom Obersten Alliierten Hauptquartier wird bekanntgegeben, dass Göring und Kesselring von der 7. amerikanischen Armee gefangengenommen wurden.


The Pittsburgh Press (May 10, 1945)

Goering unaware he faces trial

WITH 6TH ARMY GROUP (UP) – Reich Marshal Hermann Goering remained under heavy American guard today, boasting only the unhappy distinction of being No. 1 man on Adolf Hitler’s death list and the war criminal roster of the United Nations.

Goering, the highest-ranking Nazi leader to fall into Allied hands thus far, appeared completely unaware that he faces trial as one of the foremost war criminals of the dead Nazi regime.

The paunchy marshal, who surrendered to the U.S. 36th Infantry Division Tuesday after hiding in the mountains near Salzburg for 15 days, apparently hoped to win amnesty on the basis of his claim to have fallen out with Hitler in the last days of the war.

Goering told his captors he had been condemned to death by Hitler on April 24 for suggesting that he take over the Fuehrer’s job.

He spent his first night in captivity in a castle near the skiing resort of Kitzbuhel, under guard by two platoons of Texas Doughboys and a New York city lieutenant, Jerome Shapiro.

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Neues Österreich (May 11, 1945)

Göring kontra Hitler

London, 10. Mai – Wie bereits berichtet, wurde der frühere Reichsmarschall Göring von der 7. amerikanischen Armee gefangengenommen. In Görings Begleitung befanden sich seine Frau und seine Tochter. Die Gefangennahme erfolgte in einem Schloss bei Kitzbühel.

Göring und Kesselring erklärten, Deutschlands Niederlage sei vor allem auf die überwältigende alliierte Luftüberlegenheit zurückzuführen. Göring sagte weiter, er habe am 24. April Hitler gegenüber geäußert, dass der Zeitpunkt gekommen wäre, zurückzutreten, und zwar zu seinen Gunsten. Hitler habe diesen Vorschlag als Hochverrat betrachtet und Göring zum Tode. verurteilt. Göring habe sich dann nach Berchtesgaden begeben, wo er durch den Rundfunk erfuhr, dass er seiner Ämter enthoben sei. Einige seiner Getreuen hätten ihn dann nach Tirol gebracht, um ihn vor der SS zu verstecken.


Still German but different and more reliable news :slight_smile:


What flag is he posing against?


Good ol’ Texas!


But he surrendered to the Americans, shouldn’t he be posing with the American flag as the backdrop?


The 36th Infantry was, and still is, a Texan unit.

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Think about how it must have felt to try to be an anti-Nazi German-language reporter at this time. On one hand, it must have still been frustrating to deal with all of the Nazi propaganda that was still affecting the minds of so many. On the other hand, there must have been a sort of relief.