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 Carin Göring

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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 Nazi Figure Hermann Goering. She was born Carin Axelina Hulda Fock, the daughter of a Swedish baron and his Anglo-Irish wife. In 1910, she married Nils Gustav von Kantzow, who was a Swedish Army officer as was her father. In 1913 the couple had a son, Thomas. She was a married woman when she first met the ex-World War I fighter pilot Hermann Goering, who was trying to make a living ferrying mail and passengers between Germany and Sweden and being a pilot for a commercial airline. It was said to have been love at first sight and she was soon cohabiting with Goring. After her divorce in December of 1922, they were married on February 3, 1923 and relocated to Germany, where she became involved with her husband's politics. After becoming an ardent Nazi, she encouraged Goering's deepening involvement with the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). She nursed him after he was seriously wounded in the groin and hip while marching at Adolph Hitler's side during the failed "Beer Hall Putsch" incident of November of 1923. The turbulence of German politics in the years that followed, however, took a toll on her health with chronic asthma and angina pectoris and she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1925. While in Stockholm for her mother's funeral in September of 1931, she had a rapid decline and died on October 17, 1931. Her death left Goering bereft. She was interred in the Fock family plot at Lovo Churchyard, on Drottningholm Island in Lake Malaran, west of Stockholm. Following the Nazi Party's seizure of power in January of 1933, Goering returned to Sweden for his niece's wedding and paid a visit to her grave, laying a wreath of red roses in the shape of the Nazi Swastika. After Goering's tribute was publicized in the Swedish press, anti-Nazi Swedes removed the wreath. Enraged, Goering decided to remove his beloved wife's remains to Germany. That summer, he began work on the house, which would be named "Carinhall" and was located in the Schorfheide Forest some two hours northwest 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, she rested peacefully in the tomb, visited almost daily by her husband when he was in residence. Although her widower remarried in 1937, the second wife, Emmy, apparently had no objection to living in a house named for her predecessor and having the late wife's remains nearby. On April 20, 1945 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 dynamited by the guards before they fled. This they did, though Goering curiously made no provision to save her body, though he must have known that it was highly unlikely the Soviets would respect it. Red Army troops did indeed loot her tomb. Five years after the war, a Swedish priest became curious about the fate of her remains and braved the threat of arrest to make his way to the site of Carinhall. Gathering up as many bones in the tomb as he could find, he placed them in a potato sack and had them shipped to her family in Sweden. Following this undignified homecoming, very different from her formal trip in the other direction, Carin Goering's remains were cremated and reinterred in Lovo Churchyard. In 1991, a female 26-bone skeleton in a zinc coffin was found at the site of Carinhall in Schorfheide Forest northeast of Berlin, Germany. In 2012 the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine published a paper stating these "remains had mitochondrial and nuclear DNA data supporting that the remains are those of Carin Göring." Her son's DNA was used to compare mother to son DNA. These remains were interred in the earlier grave site in 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/memorial/23263/carin-g%C3%B6ring : accessed ), memorial page for Carin Göring (21 Oct 1888–17 Oct 1931), Find a Grave Memorial ID 23263, citing Lovö kyrkogård, Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden ; Maintained by Find a Grave .