Ilse <I>Pröhl</I> Hess

Ilse Pröhl Hess

Hanover, Region Hannover, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death 7 Sep 1995 (aged 95)
Lilienthal, Landkreis Osterholz, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Burial Wunsiedel, Landkreis Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Memorial ID 179887673 · View Source
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Born: June 22, 1900, Hanover, Germany
Died: September 7, 1995, Lilienthal, Germany

The oldest daughter of the Prussian Dr. Friedrich Pröhl and Elsa Meinecke in Hanover. She was one of three daughters of the wealthy physician and doctor. Friedrich was killed in the Kapp Putsch. Her mother then married artist Carl Horn, director of the Bremen Art Museum

Ilse met Rudolf Hess in April 1920 in Munich. She was one of the first women to study at the University of Munich. In 1921, she joined the NSDAP (Nazi Party) She felt drawn to Rudolf Hess from the beginning, but Hess was reluctant to enter into a relationship. Ilse introduced Hess to Adolf Hitler, who liked to travel in the circles of well-to-do ladies. Hitler finally gave the impetus to the marriage, which took place on 20 December 1927 in Munich. Hitler was also the godfather of her only child, Wolf Rüdiger Hess, who was born on 18 November 1937. After Rudolf Hess's flight to Scotland, Ilse left Munich with her son Wolf Rüdiger to live in Hindelang

On 3 June 1947, Ilse Hess, like all the wives of the war criminals condemned or executed during the Nuremberg trials, was arrested and transferred to the internment camp in Augsburg-Göggingen. On 24 March 1948 she was released again and settled down in the Allgäu.
Ilse Hess was a convinced National Socialist. Until her death, she remained loyal to Hitler and his views, and supported the Stille Hilfe after the war.She maintained correspondence with, among others, Winifred Wagner, who was also unrepentant in her admiration of Hitler

Son: Wolf Rüdiger Hess

She was buried with her husband on the cemetery of Wunsiedel, but After the town of Wunsiedel became the scene of pilgrimages and neo-Nazi demonstrations every August on the date of Hess's death, the parish council decided not to allow an extension on the grave site's lease when it expired in 2011.[134] With the eventual consent of his family, Hess's grave was re-opened on 20 July 2011 and his remains were exhumed, and then cremated. His ashes were scattered at sea by family members; the gravestone, which bore the epitaph "Ich hab's gewagt" ("I have dared"), was destroyed

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