Hermann Goring was born in Bavaria in the year 1893. He was born into a political family, being the son of the governor of German Southwest Africa. In 1914 he served in World War I as a pilot officer. During the war he was responsible for shooting down twenty-two of the Allied planes. He received the Iron Cross during the war as well.
When the war came to a close, he dropped out of University. He later joined the Nazi Party and became an SA commander. He spent some time in Sweden and Denmark where he met his wife Baroness Karin von Fock-Kantzow. [5]

Hermann Goring was an individual who substantially helped bring Nazism to power. Goring was originally really well liked by the higher class for his witty and charming conversation, but then all went south when he strove for power in brutal ways, and eventually people saw his true greed (1).


In November of 1923, he was involved in the Kapp Putsch but was seriously injured. Five years later he was voted in the Reichstag and in 1933, he was appointed to Hitler’s cabinet but with no specific responsibilities. He was involved in several other major operations of the Nazi party such as: the Reichstag fire, and the Night of the Long Knives (2). Not only was he involved in each event, he coordinated many of them like Night of the Long Knives.

Besides being second in command to Adolf Hitler, Goring also had a major influence on the German Military before WWII. He was in control of the German Air force, and he was in charge of the build up of Germany's war industry (3). He was named Hitler’s successor despite the fact his popularity began slipping towards the end of his career.

On October 15, 1946 when Goring was found guilty for helping Hitler rise to power, and the numerous un-just things he did, he took his own life by swallowing poison right before he was supposed to be hung at the Nuremburg Trials (4).

Work Cited:
[1] Layton, Geoff.
Wiemar and the rise of Nazi Germany. 3rd Edition. London. Hodder, 2005.
[3] Mitchell, Otis C. "Goring, Hermann Wilhelm." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2009. Web.
[4] Ibid
[5] Wistrich, Robert S. “Hermann Goering.” Jewish Virtual Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2009. <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/‌jsource/‌Holo