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Rudolf Hess Poster

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Born in Alexandria, Egypt
Died in Spandau, Berlin, Germany  (suicide)
Birth NameWalter Richard Rudolf Hess
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Rudolf Hess was born on April 26, 1894 in Alexandria, Egypt as Walter Richard Rudolf Hess. He was a writer, known for The First World War (2003), Triumph of the Will (1935) and Berlin 1936: Games of the XI Olympiad (1936). He was married to Ilse Pröhl. He died on August 17, 1987 in Spandau, Berlin, Germany.

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Ilse Pröhl (20 December 1927 - 17 August 1987) ( his death) ( 1 child)

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On 10 May 1941, flew to Scotland in an effort to persuade the British to sue for peace. The British held him incommunicado for the rest of the war.
At Nuremberg, he was the highest-level Nazi official acquitted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, thus avoiding the death penalty. He was convicted of three counts of conspiracy and of crimes against the peace on 1 October 1946 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Served out his sentence at Spandau Prison in West Berlin, which was set aside to house Nazi war criminals. He became the only inmate in 1966, following the release of Albert Speer. During their months on guard duty the Soviet guards were as interested in watching the nearby British Army barracks as they were the prison.
Found with an electrical cord wrapped around his neck, his death was ruled a suicide. However, his family claims that Hess was in fact murdered. The warden that Hess befriended, Eugene K. Bird, also voiced concern that Hess was murdered.

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