A German historian argues that Adolf Hitler personally defended a Jewish lawyer, his former top military in World War I, and at least temporarily protected him from Nazi persecution, according to a report released today by the newspaper "Jewish Voice from Germany" .
According to the expert Susanne Mauss, Ernst Hess, who served as judge in Düsseldorf (west) and had been commander of the company in which he fought Hitler in World War I, was safe until 1941 thanks to the personal intervention in his favor of the Nazi dictator .
The case is documented in a letter dated August 1940 Commander of the SS,, in which all authorities ordered the Nazis "left alone, in every way, (Hess), according to the desire the 'Fuhrer'. "
MOVED AT ITALIAN Tyrol
During the expropriation of property belonging to Jews in favor of ethnic "Aryan", a process called "Aryanization" Hess (1890-1983) was suspended as a judge, after which he moved with his family in 1936 to Bolzano in the Italian Tyrol, says the historian.
According to the letter of Himmler, Hess, Hitler tried to contact through a common war buddy, Captain Fritz Wiedemann, who between 1934 and 1939 was assistant to the 'Führer' .
In a letter, Hess, converted to Protestantism, asking to be considered under the Nuremberg racial laws, as a citizen "half-Jew" and not entirely Jewish.
A SERIES OF "PRIVILEGES"
While Hitler rejected this request, they who gave the order to the authorities by Himmler to Hess transfer the pension to Italy.
Also, Hess was relieved from the obligation to bear the name "Israel" that identified him as a Jew and also received a new passport in March 1939 was not carrying the letter "J" (for Jew) printed in red.
Also the head of the Reich Chancellery, Hans Heinrich Lammers, and the German consul general in Italy, Otto Bene, interceded for Hess.
LOST PROTECTION 'FUHRER'
After the pact between Hitler and Benito Mussolini and fascist Italianization South Tyrol, the Hess family was forced to return in 1939 to Germany and moved to the Bavarian town of Unterwössen.
In 1941 Hess received the news that he was no longer under the protection of Hitler and was interned in the concentration camp Milbertshofen, near Munich, where he had to perform forced labor.
According to historian marriage to Margarethe, a non-Jewish woman, saved from deportation, while Hess's daughter was forced to perform hard labor for a power company. After the war, Hess served as president of the railways in the city of Frankfurt.