Hess-Pröhl, Ilse, born 22-06-1900 as the oldest daughter of the Prussian Dr. Friedrich Pröhl and Elsa Meinecke in Hanover. She was a talented, lively and above all very self willed. The family was very interested in culture and she only twelf years old was taken to the concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker and to the theatres and she loved operas. She also loved to read important literature of Goethe and Lessings and “Hochwald “ from the Austria Adalbert Stifter was here favorite. A fanatic nature lover and a companionable sort and sports achievement oriented. She became a gifted skier and undertook heavy long trips in the mountains. She was beloved in her circle of friends as a companionable, tough person.
The family was very nationalistic and patriotic oriented and she studied patriotic colored reading matter and the history of the old German empire and the period of Friederich der Grosse “Frederick the Great” like Adolf Hitler. The was very exited with the outbreak of the Great War, but the disaster afterwards of the defeat and the self sinking of the German navy near Scapa Flow were she never could cope with. The Treaty of Versailles remained a annoyance during her life. Her father died in action in the first war and she accompanied her mother to Munich and was witness of the several free corpses battles and the Kapp Putsch. The Kapp Putsch, also known as the Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch after its leaders Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Lüttwitz, was an attempted coup on 13-03-1920 which aimed to undo the German Revolution of 1918–1919, overthrow the Weimar Republic. Walther von Lüttwitz’s son was General Smilo Freiherr von Lüttwitz. His daughter Maria married the later General, Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord. Walther von Lüttwitz died on 20-09-1942, age 83 in Breslau. On 17-03-1920 Kapp resigned at the urging of Erich Ludendorff and Lüttwitz and went into exile in Sweden. In 1922, Kapp attempted to clear his name and returned to Germany to provoke a trial. It didn’t come so far as he died in custody in Leipzig of cancer, age 63 on 12-06-1922.
Ilse became severely ill in eastern of 1920 and missed her final examination but she recovered she moved to Munich were the examinations were in June and she the problem was solved. Her mother married again and lived near the Ammersee and led a small but distinguished boarding hous “ Pension von Schildberg” and Ilse announced there to her mother. She had a great time with studying, walking, cycling, concerts and theatre and discuss with guest from all over the world. In April 1920 a German girl and two brothers visited the pension and one brother was a boy in a field green uniform and member of the Free Corps “von Epp” and Ilse had met Rudolf Hess and she was in love on the spot. Hess a strange looking figure, with deep set eyes, a angular face with constant moving jaws and black eyebrow brushes was a marking person between the other, who didn’t drink alcohol and didn’t laugh and only was interested in politic. The loner was just what Ilse was looking for, but he didn’t have the same ideas as he was meanwhile a Hitler man and more interested in Hitler meetings in Germany. Rudolf had joined the NSDAP in January 1920 with number 16. The loyal Ilse helped him with the distribute of Nazi flyers and became a Nazi member herself as number 25071 in 1925, so late only because the NSDAP was not a female party. The first 100.000 later would receive the Golden Party Pin , a valuable item. An engaged couple Rudolf as Hitler’s right hand, spent more time with Hitler as with her and she threatened him with leaving for Italy for good but he wasn’t impressed until Adolf Hitler took his hand, put him in her hand and said dear Mrs Pröhl don’t you have plans to marry my Rudolf. For the docile Rudolf was this almost an order and the couple married on 20-12-1927, with most the attention for Hitler who was a witness for Hess and they got one child, son Wolf Rudiger Hess , on 18-11-1937 and Adolf Hitler was his godfather . Wolf would die on 24-10-2001, age 63 and left behind his widow Andrea and their son Wolf Andrea Hess. Ilse belonged to the inner circle of Hitler now and had to take care of Geli Raubal Hitler’s nice, for who he had more then familiar feelings. Ilse prevent Geli to engage Hitler’s driver Emil Maurice and Maurice was sent from the inner circle. Ilse made many happy trips with Hitler, Geli and more intimated people. Though Hess was a strange, on himself, calm man, dedicated to Hitler, the couple? Ilse was happy and proud to have marry Rudolf Hess, but it hurt Ilse that Rudolf was mocked by the other Hitler intimates for his strange behaviour and his unlimited love for Hitler.
On Mai 10th 1940 he surprised her with his flight
to Scotland where he wanted to meet the Duke of Hamilton but his intentions for peace in Europe were an unsuccessful attempt and Rudolf was taken prisoner for the rest of his life. The Duke died age 70 on 30-03-1973 in Edenburgh. For Ilse it was clear that his trip was from free will and an attempt to help Hitler. Hess’s successor Martin Bormann arrested her and her son for interrogations and personal items and his car, a present of Hitler, were confiscated immediately. She was released and got a payment of 1000 Mark every months and with this money she could survive the war, but she was a mocker for the Nazi world, but stayed royal to Hitler, who ordered workers for her garden from a concentration camp.
On 03-06-1947 Hess and six other were transferred to the Spandau prison in Berlin and Ilse was arrested again and imprisoned in a internment camp in Göggingen where she was the oldest of all prominent Party members. After a trial she divided in the Group III and characterized as a follower and released from prison on 24-03-1948. She was allowed to visit her husband in Berlin and stayed in contact with writing. At last as Rudolf Hess became severely ill she was allowed with her son to visit personal on 24-04-1960,
Rudolf almost 76 years old recovered and until his death she visited him 232 times in the 41 years of imprisoned. She called him a “Martyr of Peace” with the hope that he would be reprieved but alas as the Russians didn’t agree.
Death and burial ground of Hess-Pröhl, Ilse.
Hess didn’t leave the prison alive as on 17-08-1987, now age 93, he was found dead in the prison summerhouse, probably suicide. Ilse survived her husband many years and died age 96 on 07-09-1995 in Lilienthal with the conviction that Rudolf was murdered. She was buried with her husband on the cemetery of Wunsiedel, but the gravestone is removed on 21-07-2011 to stop the wrong visitors.