Onkel Speer

prisonernumber7:

*fans self furiously to no avail*

prisonernumber7:

The Spandau Library came into existence in 1947, made up of only a handful of discarded books from Berlin libraries. In a short time, however, it comprised more than a thousand volumes, thanks mainly to its primary patron: Rudolf Hess. Every week the prisoner submitted a written request for more books which had to be approved by the censors, as Hess was not permitted to read any materials that were even loosely associated with Nazi Germany or World War II. By the time Hess died, the prison’s holdings were so large, the library had become quite a formidable one in its own right; Eugene Bird had posited that Spandau must have possessed one of the finest collections of books in the city of Berlin. Hess consumed the volumes with a passion unequaled by any of his fellow prisoners, and by the time of his death, he had read thousands upon thousands of books in nearly every genre imaginable. But Prisoner Number 7 did have a favorite: Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece, War and Peace, which tells of the beauties and agonies of the human plight that called out from below the surface of wars between nations.

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onkelspeer:

prisonernumber7:

One of my newest photo finds, Hess on the day of the Beer Hall Putsch.

I never realised Hess was in this photo? Is it really him? On the left, I presume?
All I ever saw was a strudel.

Oh yes, it is him. Those Greek-sculpturesque cheekbones and chiseled jawline are the dead give away. ;)

Well, okay. I will take your word for it. You know him better than I do. ;)I’ve known this pic for a long time, and just never noticed.

prisonernumber7:

onkelspeer:

prisonernumber7:

One of my newest photo finds, Hess on the day of the Beer Hall Putsch.

I never realised Hess was in this photo? Is it really him? On the left, I presume?

All I ever saw was a strudel.

Oh yes, it is him. Those Greek-sculpturesque cheekbones and chiseled jawline are the dead give away. ;)

Well, okay. I will take your word for it. You know him better than I do. ;)
I’ve known this pic for a long time, and just never noticed.

prisonernumber7:

One of my newest photo finds, Hess on the day of the Beer Hall Putsch.

I never realised Hess was in this photo? Is it really him? On the left, I presume?
All I ever saw was a strudel.

prisonernumber7:

One of my newest photo finds, Hess on the day of the Beer Hall Putsch.

I never realised Hess was in this photo? Is it really him? On the left, I presume?

All I ever saw was a strudel.

prisonernumber7:

die-partei-ist-hitler:

prisonernumber7:

Ex Post Facto “Justice”: Rudolf Hess and the Nuremberg Trial of the Major War Criminals

Despite the clear-cut criminal liability of certain defendants, owing even to preexisting German standards of law, the means by which the Nuremberg prosecutors selected the men they would indict for prosecution in the Major War Crimes Trial remain both ethically and legally spurious. In the case of Naval officer Erich Raeder, for example, many of the prosecuting attorneys believed there to be no grounds upon which to base a criminal case. Nonetheless, because he was one of the only prominent personalities to be captured by the Soviet Union—whose leaders were driven by ego to demand that “their prisoners” be tried in the most significant trial—Raeder was reluctantly slated as a primary “War Criminal.” Likewise, Hans Fritzsche—a radio announcer who was also a Soviet detainee—was seemingly chosen merely as a stand-in for his superior at the Propaganda Ministry, Joseph Goebbels, already dead by his own hand. With little mind to whether he himself directly took part in any of the criminal enterprises outlined in the indictment, he too would be seated in the dock, alongside the likes of Gestapo Chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner. Fritzsche was later acquitted, and would go on to offer a scathing critique of the trial in his memoir of the events, The Sword in the Scales.

Considering Hess’s stature and public visibility in Nazi Germany, it was a foregone conclusion that he was to be tried, even before evidence establishing specific criminal liability on his own part had been secured. Unnerved by the Deputy Führer’s amnesiac charade and the political implications of Adolf Hitler’s Number Three possibly walking out of the courtroom a free man, Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson sent two of his associates to the Hess residence to scour the proposed defendant’s personal and business files for incriminating documents. The results, however, must have surprised him: far from finding any evidence by which the court could hope to establish criminal culpability, the investigating officials reported that the materials had only painted Hess as an honest and decent man; they had even portrayed well-established connections to intellectual elements within Germany who themselves had opposed many of the most heinous actions that were to be laid out by the court. In the end, Jackson would have to focus on two rather tenuous arguments in prosecuting Hitler’s Deputy: 1) That he had signed the Nuremberg Laws in his capacity as a leading member of the government, despite his not having authored them and in spite of it being well-known that a similar initiative was in place in Jackson’s own country of origin in the form of the Jim Crow Laws; 2) That in his undertaking to seek peace with Britain, Hess had been attempting to align his government with England in order to pursue a war of aggression with the Soviet Union, despite there being no empirical evidence which proved that Hess had intended to do anything but end the war unequivocally.

In the end, even amidst the overwhelming public outrage concerning the events culminating in the Final Solution, Hess was exonerated on counts three and four of the indictment: War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, respectively. He was, however, convicted on the first two counts, which were also the most tenuous in terms of legal precedent: “participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against peace,” and “planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace”; this was, of course, in spite of the fact that he was the only prominent character in the unfolding saga of the Second World War to actively pursue a peaceful solution, and had risked his life and forfeited his very freedom in the process. For his “crimes against peace,” Rudolf Hess would be given what was in some ways the harshest sentence of all: a life behind bars. From Winston Churchill to John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon to some of the prosecuting attorneys themselves, minds across the political spectrum registered dissent concerning the fate of Hess and moreover, of the trial process itself (particularly following the release of Spandau’s last other remaining inmates, Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach). Many were vocal in opining that in exacting this particular punishment, the Allies had gone too far. In a 1977 interview, Sir Hartley Shawcross, Britain’s chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, asserted that Hess’s continued imprisonment was a “scandal”; he further mused on the ironies of Prisoner Number 7’s fate, in light of the brand of inhumanity which the Nuremberg court had purported to be admonishing through their very proceedings.

Rudolf Hess, nonetheless, would never know freedom. He died in 1987 under mysterious circumstances, the details of which paint a picture of murder rather than suicide, as was claimed. Amidst the growing pressure on the British government to release classified documents pertaining to the official record of events of that day increasingly viewed with suspicion even by moderate political and historical analysts Hess’s body was exhumed; his remains burned just as had been demolished the scene of the crime only two days following his demise. With this final act of degradation, the last of any forensic evidence of possible murder had been buried once and for all in his place. Future generations may never know that upon the grounds of a nondescript Bavarian cemetery once stood a gravestone bearing the epitaph: "Ich Hab’s Gewagt," or “I dared.” And, as the wheels of propaganda continue to inflect the telling of the events of the war Hess sought to end, they may never be given cause to suspect just how valiantly the purported War Criminal whose mortal remains once rested there did dare: to challenge his former thinking, to publicly break with his beloved friend and Führer, and to save humanity itself from impending disaster.

Wonderful essay, very well written and very necessary. You all need to read and thank prisonernumber7 for her dedication.

Thank you dear, truly! You ladies and gents are truly amazing. :)

prisonernumber7:

The bibliophile in action!

prisonernumber7:

The bibliophile in action!

jemmasimmns:

"i’m not ignoring you i just don’t know what to say to you" a film written, directed, produced by and starring me

Can I ask what your "new" obsession is?
Anonymous

Sure. Just look here and you’ll see.

Why Onkel why? Why you have no intetion to post much anymore? You were one of my favorite blogs.
Anonymous

Aw, thank you. It’s always a pleasure when someone calls you one of their favourite blogs. :)

Why I have no intention to post much anymore? Well, I am sorry to say that my interest lies elsewhere these days (ok, it has shifted just about exactly a year ago this month).
I am just not that into the Third Reich anymore. I am still interested in learning things and reading things, but I am not as “obsessed” with it anymore. I don’t go on extensive picture searches anymore, for instance.
I am content enough with just reblogging posts from my favourite blogs or pictures I find interesting enough. I’ll throw in an original post from time to time, as I have done over the past year as well. But my heart lies elsewhere. :)

Thanks for asking.