GERMANY: Hess Goes over the Hill

The No. 3 Nazi and Adolf Hitler's best friend was the first man in Europe to revolt successfully against Adolf Hitler.

This most extraordinary story of the world's most extraordinary war began last week this way: On Monday night the Nazi Party headquarters in Berlin announced that Rudolf Walther Richard Hess was missing on a plane flight. Against Adolf Hitler's orders —for Hess was suffering from a "progressive disease"—Hess had boarded a plane in Augsburg, Bavaria on Saturday. Since then he was presumed to have disappeared and died. He had left behind a letter which "showed clearly traces of mental...

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