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Hitler ordered his Jewish commander spared

The Local · 8 Jul 2012, 14:00

Published: 08 Jul 2012 14:00 GMT+02:00

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Susanne Maus, editor of Jewish Voice from Germany, unearthed the almost unique order in the archives of the Gestapo secret police with regard to Ernst Hess, a judge in the western city of Dusseldorf.

Signed by Hitler's henchman and SS chief Heinrich Himmler in June 1940, it

said that "as per the Führer's wishes" his war comrade was "not to be

importuned in any way whatsoever."

Hess was a highly decorated soldier, receiving, among other medals, the Iron

Cross, first and second class.

By 1936 however, he had been stripped of his job, when was beaten up by Nazi thugs, and had moved to Italy. But in 1940 he returned to live in Bavaria.

"Hess's exemption only lasted until 1942 when at the Wannsee Conference the

murder of the European Jews was codified," wrote Maus, who interviewed his

86-year-old daughter Ursula.

"Hess survived thanks to his mixed marriage' with his gentile wife. His

sister was murdered by the Nazis, as were millions of others.

"One irony of this dark history is that Hitler could on occasion bestow his

personal protection to a person otherwise marked for death," Maus said, citing

also the example of his former family doctor Eduard Bloch.

Maus said Hess's daughter recalled how her father would often relate the

surprise expressed by corporal Hitler's former comrades when they heard that

the maverick politician had been in their ranks.

"Hess then used to explain that Hitler had had no friends within the

regiment, never said a word to anyone and had been 'an absolute cipher.'"

He had petitioned Hitler as early as June 1936 asking for an exception to

be made for himself and his daughter, referring to his Christian upbringing

and patriotic political outlook, as well as to his service in World War I.

"For us, it is a kind of spiritual death to now be branded as Jews and

exposed to general contempt," he wrote.

Although Hitler turned down the petition he did allow Hess's pension to be

transferred to Italy in 1937, albeit at a reduced amount and released Hess

from the obligation to bear the name 'Israel' that identified him as a Jew.

Hess was finally deported to Milbertshofen, a concentration camp for Jews

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near Munich, where he did forced labour in the city.

After the war he became an executive with the national railways and died in

Frankfurt in 1983 at the age of 93.

Maus said his mother Elisabeth and his sister Berta had talked themselves

into believing that the "protection" accorded to Ernst also extended to them.

Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazis' mass murder of the Jews, "went out of his way to categorically deny this, personally signing the

deportation order for both women."

Berta Hess was killed Auschwitz while her mother survived and went to live

with her son Paul in Brazil.


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Your comments about this article

16:08 July 8, 2012 by jmclewis
I knew Adolf was not such a bad guy, if you can get past the, genocide, rape and war. He is a really great guy.
16:49 July 8, 2012 by Loth
Call me dumb or what ever but were many Ashkenazi Jews spared? It was the Sephardic Jews that were taken to be killed mostly? Ashkenazi are Russian converts from about the year 700ad. Many Ashkenazi were even in the German army? While Sephardic Jews were native to Israel. The Bible says that Satan wants to kill the blood not the religion, I have heard told. God made promises to the blood not the religion. Is that why?
17:35 July 8, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Aww, Hitler was so cute!
19:58 July 8, 2012 by Englishted
Welcome to this weeks lets remember ww2 article ,starting to be a bit like the bild ,refrain and please report something a little newer or at least more interesting.

Thank you.
20:24 July 8, 2012 by ITAMAR
there was a case of a Jewish German pilot who was a famous hero in the 1 ww,and Hitler did not send him to concentration camps ,these are Aneqdotes really few rare cases that can not change the events of the Hlocaust.


The holocaust had involved ALL the Jews no matter if you were Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jew,the majority of the Jews in Europe were Ashkenazi, small Seharadic communities were in Germany, Chechslovakia,Holland ,Greece, all were deported to Auscwizim to elimination, if you survived it was just a matter of luck,to mention that the Germans deported also Seharadic Jews from Lybia and Marocco to their death
23:07 July 8, 2012 by Flint
It was a Jewish lieutenant named Gutman who fought for Hitler being awarded the Iron Cross First Class according to Ian Kershaw's autobiography. I've never read anything about what happened to him in WWII.

Also, there was a Jew who acted as an agent for the selling of Hitler's paintings when they lived together in a flophouse in Vienna pre-World War I.
03:58 July 9, 2012 by wpfaeffle
How can it be that the Wannsee Conference codified the murder of the European Jews when, to my knowledge, no on has ever seen the minutes of that conference? Can anyone help me on this for my research?
07:55 July 9, 2012 by Arch Stanton
@IchBinKoening - That's not Hitler in the photo at the top - just a generic photo of a WW1 soldier.
14:32 July 9, 2012 by William Thirteen
Haus der Wannsee Konferenz

16:05 July 9, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
@English Ted... You know better ;)

The purpose of these articles is to smoke out the Holocaust deniers e.g., wpfaeffle who doubts the Wansee Conference occurred above. Or, ChaseV, KosmoNaught, MSlorrya, Szasz, Sayer, Zameenzad, who are bound to chime in sometime today stating that the Judge's mother and sister were the only two jews ever sent to a camp and one of them lived; therefore 50% of all the jews ever sent to a camp survived.

That way the authorities can track these knuckleheads.
17:31 July 9, 2012 by ITAMAR

That was ordinary SS meeting with all the SS Generals Hydrich,Himmler,Eichmann ecc, there is a protocol from that meeting with the names of all participants and their title ,it was on 20.1.42 you can find it on Google and read it,
21:18 July 9, 2012 by Leo Strauss

`The purpose of these articles is to smoke out the Holocaust deniers`

`That way the authorities can track these knuckleheads.`

The police state is recording all of our posts and will track all of those who are deemed to hold opinions that are hostile to their agenda. This is not limited to your list of Holocaust deniers. People like me and others who are aware of the risk post our opinions nevertheless because we value free speech and will not be intimidated. We know what we all stand to lose. Someone questions the holocaust? Challenge their propositions in an open debate and discredit them. That is freedom.

Your post was simply revolting.
09:46 July 11, 2012 by wenddiver
Evetually the good old days of World War I was bound to come to an end and we would have to start applying ourselves to starting World War II and III. Ho hum!
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