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Goering’s great love Carin von Katzow.

22-02-2017

Goering during the winter of 1920–1921, was hired by Count Eric von Rosen to fly him to his castle from Stockholm. Invited to spend the night, Goering may at this time have first seen the swastika emblem, which Rosen had set in the chimney piece as a family badge. There he saw his future wife; the count introduced his sister-in-law, Baroness Carin von Katzow  (born Freiin von Fock). Estranged from her husband of ten years, she had an eight-year-old son  . Goering was immediately infatuated and asked her to meet him in Stockholm. They arranged a visit at the home of her parents and spent much time together through 1921, when Goering left for Munich to take political science at the university. Carin obtained a divorce, followed Goering to Munich, and married him on 3 February 1922. Their first home together was a hunting lodge at Hochkreuth in the Bavarian Alps , near Bayrischzell.  After Goering met Adolf Hitler and joined the Nazi Party.(NSDAP) in 1922, they moved to Obermenzing, a suburb of Munich.

When Goering was badly injured in the groin while marching alongside Hitler in the failed Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923, Carin took him to Austria, then on to Italy, and nursed him back to health, although he all his life was morphine addicted. Carin and Goering’s romantic love-story was used by the propaganda machine of Goebbels and the couple toured around the nation to boost the popularity of the Nazi Party.

Carin suffered from tuberculosis during her later years. When her mother, Huldine Fock, died unexpectedly on 25 September 1931, it came as a great shock to the 42-year-old Carin. Although her health was still fragile, she went to Sweden for her mother’s funeral. The next day, she suffered a heart attack in Stockholm. On the news reaching Goering, he joined her there and stayed with her until she died of heart failure on 17 October 1931, four days before her 43rd birthday.

Carin’s death came as a great blow to Goering. In 1933 he began to build a hunting lodge, which became his main home, and named it Carinhall in her honour. It was there that he had her body re-interred from her original grave in Sweden, in a funeral attended by Adolf Hitler. Goering filled Carinhall with images of Carin, as he did his flat in Berlin, where he created an altar in memory of her which remained even after he remarried in 1935. Carinhall was demolished on Goering’s orders as Soviet troops advanced in 1945.

Following the war, remains believed to be those of Carin were recovered by the Fock family, cremated, smuggled by train, by the Swedish Berlin Pastor Heribert Jansson,

 and re-buried in Sweden.
 
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