March 9, 1895–December 20, 1966
Albert Göring was born into an aristocratic family in Germany. He spent his early life interested in film and looked set to spend his somewhat luxurious life making movies. When the Nazis gained power in Germany, his life changed though. His brother, Hermann, became powerful in the party. Some considered him second in power only to Hitler. Hermann completely subscribed to the Nazi theory of brutality and bigotry. Albert did not.
Albert used his connection with Hermann to free many political prisoners and especially Jews. He was known to sign passports to allow people to leave Germany. He organized to hire labour from concentration camps and then would have the trucks stop on the way out to allow the prisoners to escape. He would go to his brother and dare him to let Jews go free. He said, “Hermann you’re so big and so powerful, and here’s a Jew who’s a good Jew and doesn’t belong in a concentration camp.” Hermann would tell him it was the last time, but Albert would return again and again.
As the director of a Czech company, Albert was able to directly support the Czech resistance. After the war, he went to greet the American forces and was put in jail. His name alone had secured him the prison time despite doing nothing but help the opposition of the Nazis. After his release he struggled to find work. Right before his death he married his housekeeper so she could get his pension and never have to work again. He was giving until the end.