Skip to comments.Last pictures of Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess emerge for sale (TR)
Posted on 01/23/2018 8:13:27 AM PST by DFG
Fascinating final pictures of Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess have been found and put on sale along with a note to his son about his mysterious flight to Britain to try to end the war. The never-before-seen images show the former deputy Fuhrer as a frail and elderly man in the grounds of the infamous Spandau Prison. Hess spent 41 years in the West Berlin jail after the war, when he was convicted of crimes against peace and sentenced to life behind bars. The Nazi hung himself aged 93 in 1987 in the summer house that had been built for him in the grounds.
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I thought he died in prison then the prison was torn down as he was the last Nazi to be incarcerated there; something like he hanged himself with an electrical cord. Conspiracy theorists said he was murdered just to be able to shut the prison down.
He lived much longer than he should have.
May he rot in hell.
There was a band called “Spandau Ballet” once that seemed a supremely grotesque name. Conjuring up images of a Nazi war criminal dancing alone in his entire prison.
Will we ever know? Did they ever record anything he said after he landed in England? Had he landed in the USA during our involvement, Hoover would have taken the credit of capturing him and having him hung. Kinda like the reluctant saboteurs that landed in L.I. NY? There has to be a good book about this somewhere. I don’t think “he was crazy” is the real story. Inquiring minds need to know.
The origin of the phrase “Spandau Ballet” has more to do with prisoners being hanged at the prison, and the movements that a body makes while being hanged.
Women loved Spandau Ballet
Most folks had no idea the twist of the name
From the Wiki: “The expression “Spandau Ballet” was slang used by Allied troops in the trenches in the Second World War referring to the twitching of the corpses hanging on the barbed wire and repeatedly hit by Spandau machine gun fire from the German lines.”
“Conspiracy theorists said he was murdered just to be able to shut the prison down.”
I believe the theory was Russia was thinking about granting clemency so he would be released and England assassinated him because they were scared he was going to talk about the reason for the flight. This could have been embarrassing to some formerly powerful people in England.
....I know this much is....true....
Like Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday
How many songs about hanging?
That hippie song Two Hangmen Hanging from a Tree (it don’t bother me at all)....kind of Byrds sounding....looked it up Mason Profitt
My senior grade boy likes that song
Gallows Pole by worlds greatest rock band ever. From III ...traditional Leadbelly song I think that even he appropriated from some cotton field
albert speer was also incarcerated at Spandau after Nuremburg.
When he was released (in the 50’s, IIRC), hess became the last resident of Spandau.
Hess was an odd dude....he was with hitler from the beginning...marched in Munich Putsch in 1923. had some odd qualities,,,, not that any nazi doesn’t, of course.
The man who knew too much.
Something like Manuel Noriega.
I thought Spandau Ballet referred to the Nazis convicted at Nuremburg jerking & twisting at the end of the hangman’s noose since some of them didn’t die instantly when the trapdoor dropped.
Speer did twenty years & was sprung in 1966. He wrote “Inside The Third Reich”, regarded as a truthful account of Hitler’s inner circle, his role in the use of slave labor excepted.
“The band changed its name to The Makers in late-1976 and played as a punk band at the Roxy in their early years. In 1978 they became a power pop band and changed the name to Gentry, under which they played a few gigs, including at Kingsway College. They changed the band’s name to Spandau Ballet after a friend of the band, journalist and DJ Robert Elms, saw the phrase “Spandau Ballet” scrawled on the wall of a nightclub lavatory during a visit to Berlin. The expression “Spandau Ballet” was slang used by Allied troops in the trenches in the Second World War referring to the twitching of the corpses hanging on the barbed wire and repeatedly hit by Spandau machine gun fire from the German lines.”
My Columbia grad paramour loved Spandau....she saw them at Beacon theatre in Manhattan early on....I thought they were homo but in reality I think they were not
Lead singer had five kids and band leader and guitarist married Sadie Frost
The red headed vixen in Bram Stokers Dracula banged by the crypt by the werewolf ......not too shabby chick wise despite her favor for four legged hairy guys
Sounds kinda like the funky chicken, but that’s done whilst electrocuting.
Long Black Veil, by Johnny Cash
Green, green grass of home (not sure that was about hanging)
The Hanging Tree (Marty Robbins)
I am a Hess on my father’s side.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald C. Speirs of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, of Band of Brothers fame, was warden of that prison for a while.
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