Rudolf Hess - why was he held in Captivity - 1941-1987 for so long?

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Rudolf Hess was one of Adolf Hitler's most devoted followers and with him from the early days in Munich in the Nazi Party

He took part in in Putsch in November 1923 in Munich and shared imprisonment with Him in Landsburg Prison
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 convicted of crimes against peace, serving a life sentence until his suicide. [alleged]

Now whatever may one think of the Nazis it is a fact that Hess's role was one of a figurehead

He more or less went along with whatever Hitler thought best

He was not involved in the military planning of the War and indeed whatever role he may have had in it ended on 10 May 1941 when he took Flight to Scotland in one of the Second World War's more bizarre incidents.

It is obvious that his mind was disturbed as can be seen even further by his demeanour at the Nuremburg Show Trials

Yet he was given a term of Life Imprisonment!

They say the Soviets were to blame for this as access to Spandau Prison meant that the Russians could access West Berlin

- TBH I think that does not add up.

After all he fled Germany before Barbarossa took place.

And then there was his even more bizarre 'suicide'

- how could a frail old man of 93 have the physical capacity to pull this off?

Maybe it would have been better to release him at the same time as the last of the other prisoners

- many of whom had actual blood on their hands

- even if done through what they believed was their military Duty.

They could have at least let him live under house arrest or in a more modern prison

His last 21 years in Solitary Confinement can only be as seen cruel and unnecessary punishment IMO

 
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He didn't kill himself. He was killed. Hess wasn't a coward.

He was also one of the smartest Nazis. He was university-educated and understood geopolitics quite well, his mentor was General Haushofer. Unfortunately he fell out of favour and his last recourse was a gamble by flying to Scotland. It didn't pay off. But he was a man with good intentions.
 

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Hess was jailed and probably murdered.
This came about to silence him concerning the real prospect Hitler offered to Britain of ending hostilities in the early phases of WW2.

The worlds media and history must always believe the skewed narrative of the Allies that Hitler was always unreasonable.
Hess,s peace run was not a unilateral one off but sanctioned by Hitler I M V.
 
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Stuff he knew about high level members of the British Aristocracy and their connections with the Third Reich I think is the most logical explanation.
Not exactly.
Its the stuff concerning a very real peace proposal from Hitler to the British govt to end hostilities that is historically important.
The A lies to this day want to conceal this.
 

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Not exactly.
Its the stuff concerning a very real peace proposal from Hitler to the British govt to end hostilities that is historically important.
The A lies to this day want to conceal this.
Seriously while very senior people in German State, particularly in the Army, wanted peace- Hitler saw things very differently.
 

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Why was one of the highest ranking nazis jailed for life ?

The mind boggles !
Er, Hess played no part in Nazi atrocities being jailed in May 1941.
He was imprisoned and and eventually murderd to conceal Hitlers peace proposals to make an early end to WW2.

His treatment and eventual probable murder after decades in prison is profoundly shameful.
That he allegedly put a rope on a ground floor window sill and hung himself from it is deeply improbable and implausible.

No he was murdered to prevent him speaking publicly.
 
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Seriously while very senior people in German State, particularly in the Army, wanted peace- Hitler saw things very differently.
Hitler stated explicitly on several occasions that he never wanted war with Britain.
When it happened he was shocked and sent Hess to make peace.
This fact of history is concealed to this day by Allied govts.
 

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Er, Hess played no part in Nazi atrocities being jailed in May 1941.
Er, you do realise that nazi atrocities occurred before May 1941 ?
That's like saying Jeffrey Dahmer played no part in any murder after July 1991.
 

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Er, you do realise that nazi atrocities occurred before May 1941 ?
That's like saying Jeffrey Dahmer played no part in any murder after July 1991.
I don't believe Hess had any part in Nazi atrocities.
as far as I remember he was convicted soley on the basis of being a high ranking member of the nazi govt.

He was found not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rudolf Hess - Wikipedia
 

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