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Rudolf Hess and his flight to Scotland

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  1. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    Once named deputy Führer as a devoted follower to Hitler...Rudolf Hess decided to jump into a modified BF-110 and fly to Scotland and discuss some sort of peace agreement in May 1941...the question is..was he alone in this idea?..or did his boss had a part in it?..another thing..why wasn't he intercepted flying solo from Bavaria all the way to Scotland?...for many Hess was a rather odd duck in the Third Reich and ended up hanging himself in Spandau prison in 1987.

    Historian Uncovers New Account: Document Suggests Hitler Knew of Hess' British Flight Plans - DER SPIEGEL - International
     
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    I always thought the entire Rudolf Hess was an interesting story considering his sentence after the war. I might be wrong but I remember reading that Hess was falling out of favor with Hitler at the time and in his mind he thought he could gain back favor by making this trip and somehow negotiating a peace treaty. In my opinion I am not sure how that would have been possible at this time with all of the aggression that Germany had already shown. The only question I always had was why Hess had such a long sentence? I believe he was the only prisoner at Spandau and I also thought there were also rumors that he was assassinated?
    I guess another one of those great mysteries. Interesting article. Thanks for posting
     
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    I think you're correct in believing Hess was falling out of favor. His flight, had it been a success would have ingratiated him with Hitler. As for his incarceration, I'm not sure I have a good answer. Certainly he was complicit in the crimes of the Nazi party, but his flight came before the waging of the bulk of the war. My guess is that it would be hard to sentence him to death like the others, so a long prison term was a compromise.
     
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    I remembered back in the 80's there was this conspiracy theory floating around that the only inmate at Spandau wasn't the real Rudolph Hess but his double. Fuzzy photos were shown to compare his features vs the real Hess, plus they said he hadn't had any visitors for years...DNA testing proved this all wrong.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46964928
     
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    Didn't he have a son I think who also visited him once? I might have cabin fever here and am thinking way too much on this
     
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    This has been discussed in the newspapers etc a million times and Hess' view I think never released so we never know. I recall he was found hanged in his cell which was quite a miracle for such an old man I think.
     
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    If Hitler's knows about Hess' flight, then the letter makes no sense. Why tell Hitler something he already knows? Plausible deniability if Hess fails, but far from proof that Hitler knew about it.
     
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    It was always my feeling that Hess was incarcerated for what was essentially a life sentence because if he was released he would name a lot of very important folks that had cozied up to Nazi Germany before the war and had Nazi sympathies. It was pressure from these important families that kept Hess in prison and incommunicado.
     
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    I could probably name some Hollywood celebrities who had Nazi sympathies during the war and I am sure some important international bankers who simply saw profits over morals..but old Hess had a deep motive for his adventure, but I question his timing just prior to Operation Barbarossa...like I said he was an odd duck.
     
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    When Hitler heard about the flight he burst into rage and said Hess was crazy.
     

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