Carin Göring

Carin Göring

Original Name Carin Axelina Hulda Fock
Birth
Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Death 17 Oct 1931 (aged 42)
Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Burial Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Memorial ID 23263 · View Source
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First wife of Hermann Goering. The daughter of a Swedish baron and his Anglo-Irish wife, Carin von Kantzow, nee Fock, was married when she first met the ex-World War I fighter pilot Hermann Goering, then trying to make a living ferrying mail and passengers between Germany and Sweden in the years after the war. It was said to have been love at first sight and Carin was soon living with the former commander of Baron von Richtoffen's "Flying Circus." After her divorce, they were married on Feb. 3, 1923. An ardent Nazi, Carin encouraged Goering's deepening involvement with the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) and she nursed him after he was badly wounded marching at Hitler's side during the so-called "Beer Hall Putsch" of November 1923. The turbulence of German politics in the years that followed, however, took their toll on Carin's health and she died in Stockholm on Oct. 17, 1931, following a bout with tuberculosis. Her death left Goering bereft. She was interred in the Fock family plot at Lovo Churchyard, on Drottningholm Island in Lake Malaran, just west of Stockholm. Following the Nazi seizure of power in January 1933, Goering returned to Sweden for his niece's wedding and paid a visit to Carin's grave, decorating it with a wreath of red roses in the shape of a swastika. Goering's tribute was publicized in the Swedish press, however, and anti-Nazi Swedes removed it. Enraged, Goering decided to remove Carin's remains to Germany. That summer, he began work on the house that he would name "Carinhall" in the Schorfheide Forest some two hours north and west of Berlin. Nearby, in a small forest clearing on the shores of the Wuckersee, he began constructing an elaborate underground mausoleum to house Carin's remains and, eventually, his own. On June 19, 1934, Carin's coffin was exhumed from Lovo Churchyard, draped in a swastika flag, and transported to Carinhall, where it was interred the next day in an elaborate ceremony attended by Hitler himself. For nearly eleven years, Carin rested peacefully in the tomb, visited almost daily by her husband when he was in residence. (If Goering's second wife, Emmy, whom he married in 1937, had any objection to living in a house named for her predecessor and having the late wife's remains so near by, she never said anything about it.) On April 20, 1945, however, with artillery booming in the distance, Goering decided that Carinhall was no longer safe from advancing Soviet troops. He departed that day for Berlin, leaving behind instructions that the house and all outbuildings were to be blown up by the guards before they too fled. This they did, though Goering - curiously - made no provision to save Carin's body, though he must have known that it was highly unlikely the Soviets would respect it. Red Army troops did indeed loot the tomb, scattering Carin's skeletal remains about the tiled mausoleum in their search for riches. Five years after the war, a Swedish priest became curious about the fate of Carin's body and braved the threat of arrest to make his way to the site of the former estate. Gathering up as many of her bones as he could find, he placed them in a potato sack and had them shipped to her family in Sweden. Following this undignified homecoming, so different from her formal trip in the other direction, Carin Goering was reinterred in the Lovo Churchyard.


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  • Added: 22 Jul 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 23263
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carin Göring (21 Oct 1888–17 Oct 1931), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23263, citing Lovö kyrkogård, Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden ; Maintained by Find A Grave .