Collectors Showcase CS00418 Berlin 1938 - Hermann Goering (1:30 Scale)
"I would rather die standing up in a Mercedes than hide away."
- German Chancellor Adolf Hitler commenting upon a possible assasination attempt while riding in his limousine, 1938
The Collectors Showcase presents the beginning of our new series: Berlin 1938. A series meant to chronicle, in miniature, Berlin at the height of the Third Reich's pre-war power. The first diorama offering is the Fuhrer's Reichkanzlei office complete with map table, lamps and removable swastika flag. The initial figure set offerings are the figures and personalities that brought the Western world to the edge of oblivion. Each figure comes with a removable hat allowing greater flexibility in display. The launch of this series heralds a long view of the great variety of Berlin locales available to the collector. Each vignette setting brings the collector another view of the city's central points throughout the Nazi period. Sold Out!
Height: 2-1/2 inches
Release Date: July 2010
Historical Account: Hermann Wilhelm Goering (January 12th, 1893 - October 15th, 1946) was a German politician, military leader, and a leading member of the Nazi Party. He was a veteran of the First World War as an ace fighter pilot, and a recipient of the coveted Pour le Merite ("The Blue Max"). He was the last commander of Jagdgeschwader 1, the air squadron of Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron".
In 1935, Goering was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe (or German Air Force), a position he was to hold until the final days of the Second World War. By mid-1940, Goering was at the peak on his power and influence. Hitler had promoted him to the rank of Reichsmarschall, making Goering senior to all other Wehrmacht commanders, and in 1941 Hitler designated him as his successor and deputy in all his offices. By 1942, with the German war effort stumbling on both fronts, Goering's standing with Hilter was very greatly reduced. Goering largely withdrew from the military and political scene to enjoy the pleasures of life as a wealthy and powerful man. After the Second World War, Goering was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials. He was sentenced to death by hanging, but committed suicide by cyanide ingestion the night before he was due to be hanged.