Göring, the Stoned Nazi Nut – Doped WW2 Leaders Part 1

He is the second most powerful man in Nazi
Germany, President of the Reichstag, Reichstatthalter of Prussia and Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe.
He is a dandy, with an obsession for garish jewel adorned uniforms, who lives in a palace
inside a park full of wonderful beasts. His hobbies are big game hunting and the collection
of stolen art. He is larger than life, he is Hermann Göring. I’m Indy Neidell; This is World War Two. Hermann Göring truly is a figure of high
magnitude with an impressive career, from famous flying ace in World War One to Hitlers
second in command. He founded the Luftwaffe and set up the German Secret Service as Minister
of the Interior of Prussia, But behind that fame hides a corpulent man with a narcotics
addiction, obsessed with power, prestige and a flamboyant lifestyle. It is that lifestyle
we shall look at today. Göring already became famous during The Great
War while commanding the Flying Circus, The Red Baron’s fighter squadron. Göring was
a famous ace by the end of the war, having racked up 17 confirmed kills. When the war
is over Göring becomes an early supporter of the Nazis. He is involved in the 1923 Beer
Hall putsch, during which he is shot in his leg. While recovering form that wound, and
already a frequent user of opiates since WWI, he becomes addicted to morphine. And Göring had always been larger than life
character, and it is fair to say that he was a selfish, flamboyant megalomaniac. But the
addiction makes him “delusional, untrustworthy, manic, grandiose and insomniac.” He rotates
between all kinds of emotions and is prone to throwing tantrums. The opiates mess with
his hormones which make him gain a lot of weigh, blowing him up to over 130 kilos. He
shakes his addiction in 1930 by going to Rehab in a Swedish psych-ward. Oddly enough, I used
to rehearse with a band in the basement of that now-former psych ward and Sparty once
produced a horror film there. Anyhow, in 1937 Goering relapses during a bad spout of toothache. The time that he is cold turkey is essential
though. It is during these seven years that he is instrumental in establishing the Nazi
reign of terror over Germany. See, despite appearances, Göring is no clown. He is fiercely
competitive, bright, and ruthless. But it is his eccentricity that makes him… let’s
say; interesting. After the Nazis seize power in 1933, he creates new positions for himself,
such as Reich Master of the Hunt and Master of German Forests. With liberal access to public funds, he now
starts to fulfill a dream. The construction of his magnificent country estate that he
names Carinhall, after his Swedish wife Carin that dies of a heart attack in 1931 aged 43.
Now that he has made himself Master of the German Forests, “he felt himself entitled
to the finest territory that could be found within reasonable distance from Berlin. He
chose an area in the Schorfheide.” He assumes ownership of a stunning 100,000 acres (400
km2) which he will forge into a private game reserve to host hunting parties and receptions
in his extravagant forest palace. And when I say palace, I’m not kidding. Like
a royal monarch or Roman Consul, Göring wants this legacy to be a grandiose monument for
generations to come. The entrance hall is 45 meters wide and doubles as his private
art gallery. He has individual rooms to store his most admired gifts and a 25-meter long
attic in which he has nothing but a gigantic model train. And that’s really just the very
tip of the iceberg. The estate won’t survive the war, but it’s still worth to look into
Carinhall online. Anyhow, from 1934 onwards, he starts acquiring
artwork. He becomes a rabid collector, and is not shy to use his powers to obtain the
rarest and most beautiful artworks you can lay your hands on. In 1939, when Poland is
occupied, Göring starts to ‘safeguard’ Polish art treasures. In 1940 he creates a special
Nazi task-force, the Einsatzstab Rosenberg, with the sole purpose of confiscating valuable
artworks for him personally. Many are stolen form private collections of Jewish victims
of the Nazi regime, and Göring is an enthusiastic supporter of this policy. He soon amasses
so many statues and paintings that he plans to build a Herman Göring museum on the Carinhall
estate as soon as the war is over. And that’s not the only extravagant idea for
his park. Göring is an avid hunter and wants to populate the park with wildlife, big game
of course. He keeps a lion as a pet and imports animals like bison and elk from Scandinavia
and Canada, hoping they will breed and populate his park. He even has Berlin Zoo director
Lutz Heck experiment with cross-breeding new species. Well, old species to be precise.
He wants Heck to recreate extinct species like the European Aurochs. The goal is of
course to eventually hunt the animals, for “recreating mythic scenes from the German
epic poem Nibelungenlied, in which the Teutonic hero Siegfried kills dragons and other creatures
of the forest.” And killing he does. For instance, he has Lutz release animals, confiscated from
the Warsaw zoo into the nature reserves, and then goes after them in extravagant hunting
parties. He makes it a special reward for his Luftwaffe flying aces to come to Carinhall
and shoot something big. His parties in general, like his lavish housewarming
and birthday parties, are of legendary proportions They often include multiple costume changes,
grand tours through his house, driving fast cars through his estate, and luxurious dinners.
Guests are required to bring expensive gifts like artworks, marble statues, or solid gold
bars. One ambassador describes how “a big, fat, good-humoured man who loves display above
everything, displayed his vanity at every turn, often causing his guests to glance amusedly
at each other.” Oh yes, while we’re speaking of costume
changes – Göring was incredibly vain. With every new title he created for himself, like
Master of the Hunt and Reichsmarschall, he designed his own special costumes. For his
Reichsmarschall uniform he a golden, jewel-encrusted baton. But it went beyond uniforms, he dressed
like you might expect from Caligula. He was often spotted hunting in a medieval garb,
and liked wearing things like Red Roman togas. His eccentricity, his bodyweight, and his
garish public behavior caused him to be subject to ridicule. Many jokes were made about the
man who knew no shame and took everything far too seriously and seriously too far. Hitler
loved cracking jokes about him, once recounting how Mrs Goering found her husband waving a
baton over his underwear in the bedroom and asked him what he was doing. “He replied:
“I am promoting my underpants to OVERpants” He was known as der Dicke Hermann – Fat Herman.
He was in fact one of the few things in Nazi Germany that it was acceptable to make jokes
about. Because almost anyone found it impossible to have sincere respect for the indulgent,
loud and attention-craving man. So was Göring just a joke then? Absolutely
not! Göring was one of the most powerful men in
the Third Reich. He was smart, a master of manipulation, and prepared to do anything
to achieve his goals. He had enormous influence over economic, cultural and military policy.
He orchestrated many purges in the early years, such as the night of the long knives, commanded
the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain and would be complicit in the Nazi’s ruthless
war against humanity. It’s easy to forget that this clownesque man
played such a big part in the Nazi system. It’s equally interesting to think about what
impact his lifestyle and drug addiction had on all of his official business. More importantly,
under all of this veneer, this baroque comedy, this perhaps charming eccentricity, was a
man that performed unfathomable evil. His Luftwaffe dropped bombs on hundreds of thousands
of civilians. The lands he occupied were stolen from the German people. He lived at the expense
of the nations occupied by Germany. The victims he stole art from were sent to the gas chambers.
Göring was a funny man, but he was no laughing matter. If you’d like to see how the nazis invaded
Poland on the 1st of September 1940, you can see the first episode of our Weekly World
War Two series right here [point]. We make episodes like this every single week, so make
sure to subscribe and ring that bell. See you next time!

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100 Responses

  1. World War Two says:

    Though this episode is mostly about the lifestyle of Hermann Göring, we will certainly get back to his more serious impact on the Nazi party, Germany and World War Two. For those of you who are new here, we are following World War Two Week by Week, in which we do pay a lot of attention to all those smaller but still significant events. If you would like to watch the series, make sure to subscribe and to click here to start watching from episode one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-A1gVm9T0A&list=PLsIk0qF0R1j4Y2QxGw33vYu3t70CAPV7X

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  2. Mike 1958 says:

    He was also addicted to morphine. It's a little habit he picked up during the Beer Hall Putsch. Back in the day, that's what they gave you if you were wounded bad enough

  3. Veikka Kaasalainen says:

    Funny how there is a famous character in Finland called Pelle Hermanni. English for Clown Hermann.

  4. Brantley Hester says:

    The man was a model railroader? Hard for me to dislike someone who shares a love for trains. But then there's his involvement in killing about six million people

  5. Shawn Gilliland says:

    He sure did have some superb automobiles – modified to fit his bulk.

  6. Shawn Gilliland says:

    Indy, I just love your vest, well, your whole outfit in this episode. Have you thought about an Indy Neidell clothing line?

  7. eifelitorn says:

    So he's actually the real life Eric Cartman?

  8. Boberz123 The Third says:

    “If one bomber reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Göring. You can call me Meyer.”

    -Herman Meyer

  9. sym290 says:

    another hobby was model trains…

  10. Zen Madster says:

    Who the hell made the wonderful icon pic of clown Gorring? It's lovely!

  11. Ticia M says:

    Perfect thumbnail

  12. Aeran Harman says:

    This Channel has become terrible

  13. Aeran Harman says:

    You should have finished with ww1.

  14. Jacob Clark says:

    This guy sounds like a real life Jabba the Hutt.

  15. appo says:

    tgat thumbnailI LOVE

  16. The Man says:

    If you count ”bombing of civilians” to evil nazi deeds, I’m eagerly awaiting 1943… 🙄

    Have you ever been to Hamburg and Dresden by the way?

  17. TRS Silas says:

    Get down get downnnnnnnn…..

  18. AlexanderCCXXII says:

    By the way, "Dick" means

    T H I C C

  19. darko galic says:

    I think that DR.Evil had problem after that injury in 1923, he was wounded (like host said in the episode) and get addicted on painkillers and other stuff.
    I've read it somewhere.

    Sorry 'bout poor English. Greetings from Croatia !

  20. Marko Ashwin says:

    Indy, the portrait of Goering at 0:33 looks remarkably like you!!! Anyway … please keep on keeping on, I'm enjoying the WW2 series as much as the brilliant WW1 series.

  21. George Doolittle says:

    "Lost Victory" number 1?

  22. Olli Koskinen says:

    "I wrote my mother we've seen Panthers, Tigers and Elefants. She thought we visited the Moscow Zoo."

  23. Ip Wischin says:

    Watching Göring's love for hunting it's hard to believe that the III. Reich had some of the severest animal protection laws and that it almost outlawed hunting in general.

  24. Scott cbo says:

    I have always quietly thought he is my favourite nazi… e.g most interesting and would be a like able guy if you caught him on the right day and its easy to forgot how cruel he was. Killing animals for pure fun ain't really the sign of a man who thinks much of life. Really summed him up well there at the end… "funny man but no laughing matter"

  25. GopnikRaptor says:

    The Gang morphine man…

  26. nathaniel evans says:

    Have you been contacted or contacted by Netflix yet?

    I would love to watch this on larger scale 1hr episodes, one after the other…

  27. foxrot Ghost says:

    Goring was an idiot, a traitor and a schemer.

  28. Michael Martin says:

    Göring: I like trains…


  29. nirfz says:

    This is the first time that i heard something else than the night special stage around the Col de Turini during the old days of the Rallye Monte Carlo beeing referred to as "the night of the long knives".

  30. suicidal says:

    Is the soundtrack used in Between Two Wars and World War Two original? If so is there a place where it's published?

  31. ossilong says:

    Nice tabloid style title you got there.

  32. Fat Yoshi says:



  33. blakduk says:

    A great illustration of how brilliant and ruthless Goering was behind the ‘funny fat-man’ visage is shown by his performance at the Nuremberg trials. He was off the narcotics and stripped of his flamboyant costumes- all he had was his intellect and charisma- and he dominated the prosecutors and his fellow nazis. A very dangerous and evil man.

  34. TheLocalLt says:

    I believe that’s a scepter not a baton

  35. Grace David says:

    Indy – you wear a nice costume yourself! And as twisted as it is – that Hitler "underpants" joke was seriously funny. Thanks for another excellent video.

  36. Roger McIntyre says:

    Goring is an interesting person of Nazi fanaticism!

  37. Connor Schultz says:

    O dear gosh, When you feel finished with world war 1 you just went straight to world war 2

  38. Textas 2.0 says:

    This is amazing please do more of this!

  39. xeepromx says:

    Interesting, thanks.

  40. Mark Strouthes says:

    Art collector, eh? I wonder how many Hitler originals he collected. Hehehe

  41. chricton J says:

    Where did you get your double-breasted vest? Wow.

  42. TheLegionare says:

    Thats the most beautfull work u guys ever made… stuff of genius, may i say, i felt like god of history was among us.. cheers from Brasil… carry on

  43. chricton J says:

    OMG The waited for Göring episode. So hard to tell a weekly synapses without setting the stage of the Decision Making People .

  44. yotoronto12 says:

    Imagine being so eccentric that even Hitler himself mocks you for the lolz.

  45. James Sills says:

    How was Herman any different than the Windsors?

  46. Commander Neyo says:

    Indy is looking hawt in that vest 😍😍

  47. Limmeh says:

    A lot of historical leaders seem to have had…for lack of a better word weird mental health issues? Wonder why. Guess it really is something to do with the power.

  48. BleedingUranium says:

    In a front line General Officer briefing on Luftwaffe tactics, Göring asked what his fighter pilots needed to win the battle. Adolf Galland replied: "I should like an outfit of Spitfires for my squadron." which left Göring speechless with rage.

    Galland later stated that he didn't really want Spitfires (though he liked them), but simply wanted to make Göring mad. Yep, everyone knew he was a tool.

  49. Jean-Luc Martel says:

    basically Nero 2.0 and OG Joker.

  50. mikhailv67 says:

    One day we look back at Trump in the same humoured but causionary way.

  51. Kimmie K2 says:

    Ironic to think that the Nazis blamed the Jews for stealing stuff in the war
    Goring stole everything from them

  52. TotalRookie_LV says:

    "Promoting underpants to overpants"
    Was he reading Superman comic?

  53. TotalRookie_LV says:

    And yes, it's true that his appearance is quite misleading, I too was of impression, like Hitler kept him close only because of WWI fame and early involvement in Nazi activities, while Goering himself was busy collecting artworks and being high.
    Also, one can be a clown and a monster at the same time, Stephen King understood IT better than anyone else. XD

  54. Mateusz Cetnar says:

    Sorry, but this just popped into my head and I have no other way of getting rid of that but by writing it down:
    German Herring

  55. Red Blaze says:

    Obi-wan: "That's no moon…..It's Herman Göring!"

  56. Bochi42 says:

    Goring and Trump have so much in common it would be funny, if they didn't hold power..

  57. lambastepirate says:

    You should do a story on his brother a good man he saved hundreds of Jews i wonder how they could be so different being raised by the same parents.

  58. iupetre says:

    "Let's try to recreate some extinct creatures."
    "…So we can shoot them?"
    "So we can shoot them."

  59. Gary Daniel says:

    I was expecting you to have a huge stein of beer and start doing that slap the body part dance with that vest.

  60. Brendon Herdt says:

    Every dictatorial regime needs an evil, jolly, fat, eccentric man

  61. Penultimate Hortator says:

    I wonder what happened to that poor lion.

  62. Treft Hergom says:

    Goring: "We live in a Reich."

  63. Johannes Jonzon says:

    Göring wouldn't be out of place as a particularly nutty royal or noble from the 1600s-1700s.

  64. Rob Camp says:

    I first learned about Göring through BBC sci-fi buddy comedy _Red Dwarf_, in which, on multiple occasions, he was referred to as a “fat, doped up transvestite” or something to that effect. Close enough, I suppose.

  65. Shotgunmad xl says:

    "What do you get when you cross a very fat, mentally ill war hero with a progressive, degenerate, Wiemar society which abandons him and treats him like trash? I'll tell you what you get, you get what you fucking deserve!"

  66. 최KB says:

    Was that band at 2:05 the band S ?😏

  67. TuckyAndrei1 says:

    that was the first ww2 episode i was really impressed by. you guys are amazing. i have some questions for you that me, a normie could not find the answer too. 1) the more serious one is why were the nazis so obsessed with nibelungenlied as i heard about it on many other documentaries. 2) this one is more of a meme but a real curiosity for me. why did the pre ww2 premier of romania armand calinescu wear an eyepatch. even my history teacher (i am from romania) in high school didn't know why

  68. Cwovictor says:

    As an art collector, did Göring like Hitler's paintings at all?

  69. Say it ! says:

    Unknown stories made known by "World War Two" Big Thank you.

  70. Sonia Arsenault says:

    More like this !!

  71. Roger Dodger says:

    Goring was just a man before his time.

  72. Leslee Herschfus says:

    You should do an episode on the Swing Kids of Nazi Germany

    Also the Red Orchestra and the White Rose

  73. Alopex says:

    What on earth is going on with the walls of the building at 4:09? Did they put a camo scheme on it? If so, WHY?

    Super weird.

  74. Otakun The vegan says:

    "I just bagged the worlds fattest man!-The Sniper

  75. Fló says:

    We live in a reich

  76. Owen Meloy says:

    the Uda hussein of ww2

  77. Guaguadeath says:

    2:00 I would like to know of this band that you where in Indy!

  78. prinz martin says:

    "Kill thousands of people and steal their art and none beats an eye. Design your own uniform and like haunting and everyone loses their mind."

  79. SCP 096 says:

    Göring also had a rare WW1 aircraft collection that was located around Berlin. Some of the aircraft were destroyed during allied bombing. It’s now located in a Polish museum with many of the only ww1 aircraft models.

  80. I Lift Things Up And Put Them Down says:

    Thought this channel was gonna be in the style of the great war but instead is a joke. :/

  81. KingIceHunter says:

    Göring: Make deceased animals alive again

    Scientists: ok that a little hard but I’m sure you have good reasons.

    Göring: I want to kill a dragon in my private forest.

  82. AX B says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard anything about Göring’s personality

  83. Peter stamer says:

    I thought Hitler promoted him to Reichsmarschall I don't think Göring could promote him self to that Reichsmarschall with out permissions directly from Hitler & every Generalfeldmarschall had a baton & he got in to a argument with Hitler a few times over giving himself awards and then Hitler changed the law so Göring could not keep giving himself medals

  84. stillbreathing37 says:

    Love your stuff man. Thanks

  85. Frank Things says:

    mein gott

    Goering was basically a neckbeard without a neckbeard

  86. OF HIS GLORY says:

    Aren't you tired? Take some rest . I love ur channel and ur videos are awesome. But felt like ur tired from work. 😊 God bless keep on doing, history is one of fav subjects and u make it very simple and easily to be found. Thank you!

  87. capnazrael says:

    7:58 aah midichlorians

  88. Wilmer Holmqvist says:

    That sneaky Conrad von Hötzendorf portrait 🙂

  89. VaclavB001 says:

    How contrary person was his younger brother – Albert Göring – anti-nazi, helper of Jews. You should do honour and mention him as well someday.

  90. VaciliNikoMavich says:

    I guess he is like the Joker -a goofball in one instance, but a cold hearted killed every other time.

    Creepy person that guy.

  91. parkerc341 _ says:

    Wouldn’t bring bombing civilians necessarily against Göring specifically, since the Allies did it too, especially in cases like Dresden and many raids of Hamburg, where many civilians also lost their lives. Of course I’m not trying to defend the fat buffoon, but just doesn’t strike me as a point to just bring against him.

  92. Keith Larsen says:

    How to make WW1 Göring? Throw him in an airplane.

    How to make WW2 Göring? Throw him in a society.

  93. Anthony Dolan says:

    Nazi cows!

  94. Yeager Bomb says:

    Curly did a spot in impersonation of him.

  95. glasno444 says:

    Based Goering

  96. Phil Dicks says:

    And his last act displayed his contempt for the rule of law by cheating the hangman by committing suicide. He still died, but the bastard deserved to be hung.

  97. R. J. Lombardi says:

    There was a plan by Göring to populate the forests in the east with aurochs. He also had a brother named Albert who was an anti nazi.

  98. TheLoyalOfficer says:

    At least that train set was dope. Give the guy that.

  99. ReadingforWisdom says:

    Spot on Indy. You nailed Goring. Important to remember that while there was some resistance to the Nazis in the Army (Heer) and more particularly in the Navy (Kriegsmarine), the air arm, the Luftwaffe, was a thoroughly Nazi institution. The primacy of Air Power as a means of subduing the masses through 'terror from above' was a fascist concept expounded by folk like Guilio Douhet.

  100. Aeran Harman says:

    Far out they still use nazis. They were The NSDAP.

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