GERMANY: Royal Hermann

When Germans were industriously adding branches and roots of eminence to their family trees, bulbous Hermann Göring planted himself a genealogical redwood. He announced that he was directly related to Hohenzollerns, Wittelsbachs, Goethe, Bismarck, Count Zeppelin.

Fortnight ago, on the fat Marshal's 48th birthday, the Hamburger Fremdenblatt claimed that the father of all the Görings was none other than Duke Albert of Brunswick, great-grandson of Henry the Lion, great-great-grandson of Henry II of England, whose daughter Matilda married into the German royal house of Saxony. To welcome "Iron Hermann" into the ranks of royalty, the city of Brunswick, where Henry the...

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