Chile’s main conservative newspaper sparks fury with article commemorating 75th anniversary of top Nazi Hermann Göring’s suicide at Nuremburg

  • El Mercurio published a full-page illustrated article on the Nazi Hermann Göring
  • Critics have accused the article of being an “apology for Nazism”
  • The Chilean German Embassy protested against the published article on Twitter
  • The Chilean newspaper said it ‘deeply regretted’ the article being interpreted as a ‘direct affront’ to Holocaust victims

The main conservative newspaper in Chile has been accused of celebrating the life of Nazi high brass Hermann Göring.

El Mercurio published Sunday’s full-page illustrated article that detailed the life of the German war criminal.

The page, which was found in the society section of the paper, marked the 75th anniversary of Göring’s death.

The article was quickly criticized by Chile’s Jewish community, who called it an “apology for Nazism”.

El Mercurio published a full-page illustrated article on Sunday, which detailed the life of the German war criminal. Pictured: The El Mercurio newspaper building in Valparaiso, Chile, in 2019

El Mercurio published a Sunday illustrated article that covered the life of the German war criminal. Pictured: El Mercurio newspaper building, Valparaiso (Chile), in 2019.

The German Embassy in Chile also took to Twitter to respond to the article.

The embassy stated in two tweets that it is not normal for the Embassy comment publicly on newspaper articles. We want to be clear: H. Goering committed crimes against humanity, and was one the pillars for the Nazi regime. 

“That leaves no room to justify or minimize morally or politically – and even less in legal terms- its nefarious roles during the Nazi regime, and in the Holocaust.  

After receiving a letter describing the piece as a ‘direct affront’ to Holocaust victims, El Mercurio yesterday said it ‘deeply regretted’ that the article on Göring had been interpreted in that way.

The page, which was found in the society section of the paper, marked the 75th anniversary ofthe death

The page, which was found in the society section of the paper, marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Göring (pictured)

The German embassy in Chile responded to the article on Twitter and said that there was 'not the slightest room to justify or minimize morally and politically - and much less in legal terms - its nefarious role during the Nazi regime and in the Holocaust'

The Chilean German Embassy replied to the article with a tweet that said there was no room to justify morally and politically, and even less legal terms, its role in the Holocaust and during the Nazi regime.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mónica Maureira, a professor at Diego Portales University’s journalism faculty in Santiago, said: ‘El Mercurio has a long history of representing the interests of a select, conservative sector of Chilean society and has pushed their narrative in Chile for generations.’ 

Hermann Göring was one of the most influential members of the Nazi party, having established the Gestapo secret police, as well as being named as the most senior officer in the German army following the fall of Paris in 1940.

Hitler expelled him from his party towards the end the Second World War. Hitler had asked him to assume overall leadership of Germany because he believed the Red Army was close to securing Berlin.

Hitler saw the request to him as an act of treachery and had him arrested before he was later tried at Nuremberg Trials.

He was convicted and sentenced to death. However, he took a cyanide capsule before he was executed.

Who was Hermann Göring?

The son of a judge, Hermann Göring was born in Germany in 1893.

He fought in the air force during World War One and at the end of the conflict was recognised as a hero – even being awarded the Pour le Mérite, which was only awarded for extraordinary personal achievement.

Göring became a leading figure in the Nazi party and was awarded a high position in Hitler’s Government after he became Chancellor in 1933.

He played a crucial role in the establishment of the Gestapo and established early concentration camps for political enemies of Hitler.

He was appointed commander in chief of Luftwaffe in 1935 and held that post until the end of the war.

After the fall of Paris in 1940, he was given the rank of Reichsmarschall. This granted him superiority over any other German officer.

Hitler was shocked to learn that Hitler planned to kill himself in 1945. He sent Hitler a Telegram asking if Hitler could take over after his death.

Seen as an act of treason, Hitler had Göring removed from his position, expelled from the Nazi party and arrested.

Göring was indicted by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg in 1946, and was the second-highest ranking official to be trialled.

Goering was found guilty by war crimes and sentenced for death by hanging.

He died shortly before his execution.