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Rudolf Hess: The Last Prisoner of Spandau

Rudolf Hess: The Last Prisoner of Spandau

Rudolf

Hess

had been deputy leader of Nazi Germany only one place behind Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1941

Hess

the World War 1 infantryman and pilot had been complicit in all the actions taken by the Nazis against its enemies this included the promulgation of race laws against the Jews and other groups in German society and the plans for German territorial expansion that led to the Second World War but on the 10th of May 1941

Hess

flew a Messerschmitt one 1o twin-engine fighter to Scotland and landed by parachute he said he had come on a mission of peace arrested and imprisoned by the British

Hess

was tried at numeron burg in 1946 and sentenced of life imprisonment in 1947 he was transferred to the austere

Spandau

prison in Berlin where he would remain for the rest of his long life initially he had six other inmates as companions including top Nazis like Albert Speer Hitler's armaments minister and Grand Admiral Karl dönitz commander the Navy and the

last

leader of Nazi Germany but one by one the six other

prisoner

s were released either having served their sentences or released early because of ill health the deputy Fuhrer

Hess

remained one

prisoner

in a prison designed to hold 600 he was guarded by four countries who took it in turns

Spandau

prison fell under the for powers agreement signed in 1945 meaning it was under the joint control of the four victorious Allied powers the United States Great Britain France and the Soviet Union who in turn occupied parts of Germany...
rudolf hess the last prisoner of spandau
the four occupying powers alternated control of the prison on a monthly basis each ran it for three months of each year they flew their flag at the Allied control authority building each month a handover ceremony took place outside the prison as a nude nationality of soldiers arrived to guard the building and its solitary

prisoner

the guard detail consisted of 37 soldiers and an officer in addition there were four dozen cleaning women a cook adopter a chaplain and other German staff members in total in 1985 it was calculated to cost six hundred and seventy thousand US dollars to guard

Hess

each year a cost borne entirely by the West German taxpayers from 1966 to 1987

Hess

was the only inmate in the vast building but each time the British or the Americans brought up the idea of either releasing

Hess

or moving him to a different facility the Soviets vetoed it

Spandau

prison was in the British sector of West Berlin and

Hess

e alive meant Soviet access to West Berlin something that the KGB was keen to maintain by the 1980's

prisoner

number 7 as

Hess

was officially called was allowed a more relaxed lifestyle than previously he could move freely around the cellblock to his own routine and do what he liked to entertain himself such as reading gardening watching films or television as he became very old and more informatica oddly was assigned to him from 1982 onwards his daily routine was remarkably unchanged over the course of over 40 years imprisonment

Hess

would rise at 6:45...
rudolf hess the last prisoner of spandau
a.m. breakfast an hour later at 7:45 walked 28 rounds of the garden at 10:30 lunch at 11:45 walk again in the garden at 2:30 dine at 5:00 and retire to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Hess

was permitted to write one letter a month and receive one letter a month in return he was given four censored newspapers each day but forbidden from reading anything about the Nazis for security reasons his cell was shifted constantly and there were plenty of empty cells to choose from when he was taken ill or for routine medical check-ups he was taken in a heavily guarded convoy to the British military hospital where an entire wing was closed off on the 17th of August 1987

rudolf

hess

was found dead inside a summer house in the prison garden he was 93 years old a lamp extension cord was strung from a window latch and around his neck and the British judged that

Hess

had committed suicide many historians and

Hess

's own family have stated that

Hess

was murdered by British intelligence they doubt such an old and frail man could have killed himself in this manner whatever the truth of

Hess

's demise the British were certainly in a hurry to get rid of

Spandau

prison the British moved quickly to demolish the prison it was turned into a carpark and an a fishing centre for the British army the Britannia centre

Spandau

nicknamed ESCOs after the British superstore Tesco the case of

rudolf

hess

the

last

prisoner

in

Spandau

continues to generate debate and conspiracy theories even today over 30 years after...
rudolf hess the last prisoner of spandau
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