Göring's daughter fails in bid to win father's assets

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Göring's daughter fails in bid to win father's assets
Edda Göring photographed in 1942. Photo: Wikimedia Commons"

The Bavarian government rejected on Thursday an attempt by Hermann Göring's daughter to win back her father's assets, which the government seized in 1948.


Edda Göring wrote in her petition that the Bavarian government's seizure of her father's assets after the Second World War was a contravention of the law, arguing it was against her rights of inheritance.

She argued that because the assets were taken two years after the death of her father, who killed himself during the Nuremberg trials in 1946, she had been illegally dispossessed.

Göring did not demand the entirety of her father's assets back, but at least enough for a “subsistence livelihood.”

But the parliament only took a couple of minutes to reach its decision, citing the two-plus-four agreement, signed in 1991 which ended any further claims for compensation related to Germany's Nazi past.

Hermann Göring, Hitler's second-in-command, stole some of the most valuable works of art in Europe when the Nazis occupied their neighbouring countries in the early years of the war. His collection was reckoned to extend to over 3,000 paintings and sculptures dating back to the 16 hundreds.

Many of these works of art are now on display at the Bavarian National Museum.

Edda, born in 1938, was the child of Göring's second marriage, to the actress Emmy Sonnemann.

This wasn't her first attempt to win back part of her father's property. In the 1960s she took the city of Cologne to court to try and reclaim the painting “Madonna with Child” which was gifted to her at birth, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung.


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