Rudolf Walter Richard Hess
(Heß in German; 26 April 1894 – 17 August 1987)was a prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. He was taken prisoner and eventually was convicted of crimes against peace, serving a life sentence until his death by suicide.
Hess enlisted in the 7th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment as an infantryman at the outbreak of World War I. He was wounded several times over the course of the war, and won the Iron Cross, 2nd class, in 1915. Shortly before the war ended, Hess enrolled to train as an aviator, but he saw no action in this role. He left the armed forces in December 1918 with the rank of Leutnant der Reserve.
In 1919, Hess enrolled in the University of Munich, where he studied geopolitics under Karl Haushofer, a proponent of the concept of Lebensraum ("living space"), which later became one of the pillars of Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party; NSDAP) ideology. Hess joined the NSDAP on 1 July 1920, and was at Hitler's side on 8 November 1923 for the Beer Hall Putsch, the failed Nazi attempt to seize control of the government of Bavaria. Whilst serving time in jail with Hitler in Landsberg prison for this attempted coup, Hess helped Hitler write his book, Mein Kampf, which became a foundation of the political platform of the NSDAP. After the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, Hess was appointed Deputy Führer of the NSDAP and received a post in Hitler's cabinet. He was the third most powerful man in Germany, behind only Hitler and Hermann Göring. In addition to appearing on Hitler's behalf at speaking engagements and rallies, Hess signed into law much of the legislation, including the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which stripped the Jews of Germany of their rights. Like so many at the time, Hess saw in Hitler a God-like figure. He adored him and Hess (like the president of the AH Fan Club) also held on to certain works that were given to him over time during the 30s such as the Breker portrait of AH used for the massive bust of AH he created.
Hess continued to be interested in aviation, learning to fly the more advanced aircraft that were coming into development at the start of World War II. On 10 May 1941 he undertook a solo flight to Scotland, where he hoped to arrange peace talks with the Duke of Hamilton, whom he believed to be prominent in opposition to the British government. Hess was immediately arrested on his arrival and was held in British custody until the end of the war, when he was returned to Germany to stand trial in the Nuremberg Trials of major war criminals in 1946. During much of the trial, he claimed to be suffering from amnesia, but later admitted this was a ruse. Hess was convicted of crimes against peace and conspiracy with other German leaders to commit crimes and was transferred to Spandau Prison in 1947, where he served a life sentence. Repeated attempts by family members and prominent politicians to win him early release were blocked by the Soviet Union. Still in custody in Spandau, he died by suicide in 1987 at the age of 93. After his death the prison was demolished to prevent it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. (source Wikipedia)
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The quotation below is from Ilse Hess' book about Rudolf, entitled "Prisoner of Peace."
‘The fact that he acted without the knowledge of the man to whom he felt himself to be pledged does not exclude a firm conviction on his part that he was acting in accordance with this man's feelings in the matter. A few days before he went on his flight he had satisfied himself, in the course of a lengthy and excited discussion with Hitler in the Chancellory, that the latter-not as previously- was ready, even at the cost of a loss of prestige, to make peace with England. This in spite of a renewed clash in the recently concluded Balkan campaign.
In an endeavour to find out for myself the real, and not merely the officially announced, view of Hitler concerning my husband's action, I visited the widow of the Munich publisher, Hugo Bruckmann, Frau Elsa Bruckmann, in the spring of I942. I had discovered that she had received a visit of condolence within the last few days from Adolf Hitler. If he had spoken openly to anyone it would have been to her.
It turned out that my supposition was correct, and I was told a very curious story. Frau Bruckmann was a
highly gifted artistic person, and Hitler found her occupied over designs for a proposed family burial place; and one can well imagine that contemplating the sudden end of a long and unusually happy marriage had reduced her to a most sorrowful state of mind. I was told by Frau Bruckmann that Hitler placed his hand thoughtfully upon the gravestone saying:
"We all have our graves and grow more and more lonely, but we have to overcome and go on living, my dear gracious lady! I, too, am now deprived of the only two human beings among all those around me to whom I have been truly and inwardly attached: Dr. Todt is dead and Hess has flown away from me!"
Frau Bruckmann had never been afraid of expressing her opinion bluntly to the Head of the State, even when it differed very widely from his own; she answered spiritedly: "That is what you say now and to me, but what does your official Press say? Year after year we all go to Bayreuth and are deeply moved, but who understands the real meaning? When our unhappy age at last produces a man who, like the Valkyrie, fulfils the deeper meaning of Wotan's command-seeks to carry out YOUR most sacred
wish with heroism and self-sacrifice-then he is described as insane!"
Frau Bruckmann paused. Would Hitler be indignant and go? Had she ventured too far? But he remained quiet and thoughtful. Then he said: "Is it not enough, what I have said to you-and to you alone-about my real feeling? Is that not enough for you?" ‘
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THE RUDOLF HESS COLLECTION OF ARTWORK OF
We are proudly presenting a collection of artwork with great historic value from the hands of Adolf Hitler, collected and preserved by his Deputy and fanatic follower Rudolf Hess. After Hess undertook his faithful flight to Scotland in 1941 his wife ended up with these artifacts until she decided to sell the collection to Dr. Octavius J. Pastore. Nearly 30 years later these treasures are for the first time offered for sale on the open market! Please find below a table with links to the listings of the individual pieces and once again, the authenticity of all items and that they all are genuine pieces of art by the hands of Adolf Hitler is guaranteed by Mr. Stephen Pastore and he provides a written statement confirming that, free of charge for each of these items.
Where does this collection come from?
Dr. Octavius J. Pastore, Jr., M.D. attended medical school at the University of Bologna, Italy, from 1954-1960. He was a Third Reich scholar and collector, fluent in Italian and German. During the summer recesses, he would travel to European capitals looking for pieces for his collection. After medical school, Dr. Pastore returned to the States having made many friends in Europe, even marrying a lovely German girl. His interest in the Third Reich never waned and he maintained contact with people of similar historical interests while practicing medicine. This network of friends and fellow hobby-historians learned of and then informed him of the Hess collection after it was publicly announced that Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s devoted follower and Reichsfuhrer had died a mysterious death as the sole remaining convicted defendant at the War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg. He died at Spandau on August 17, 1987. Pastore contacted several lawyers he knew and it was not long before he got in touch with and finally met Mrs. Rudolf Hess, the faithful Ilse Hess. Several months passed before a contract was finalized covering the part of the Hess estate that she intended to part with.
With a large artist’s portfolio in hand and a suitcase with some books and papers, Pastore brought the collection back to the United States where it resides today. Kept in an antique architects’ folio desk, the Hess collection joined the Kubizeck collection. Ironically, these two friends of Adolf Hitler, who were truly his friends and who remained loyal until their own deaths, were united in the Pastore collection. Mrs. Hess stipulated that nothing be made public in any fashion about the transaction for thirty years after Rudolf’s death. This thirty year restrictive covenant expired on August 17, 2017. It is time these historically significant artifacts find new homes, new eyes to view them, new voices to discuss them and new approaches to understanding them and their creator, one of the most complex people in the history of the human race. Dr. Pastore was Stephen R. Pastore’s brother. Stephen developed an interest in Hitler’s art in the early 1990s. Stephen Pastore is a historian, art expert and author of books on the various editions of Mein Kampf as well as the author of the best study of Adolf Hitler artwork. His book is available through Amazon and another book will be coming out in spring of 2018 (see picture of the cover at the bottom of this page), containing the until recently unknown Adolf Hitler masterworks from the Kubizek and Hess collections. Mr. Pastore also did forensic examining when he worked as a prosecutor in earlier days of his life. He used forensic equipment to examine and authenticate every item from this collection of historic artifacts and will provide a COA free of charge for each of the pieces that are offered here.