As Hitler’s second in command, Hermann Goering was a ruthless and flamboyant manipulator, and James is exploring how this revered fighter pilot of the First World War could emerge as a psychopathic war criminal in the Second.
It’s clear Goering’s childhood home—a medieval castle in Bavaria—shaped his ego and identity. Goering fervently adopted the fascist banner in Munich, and at the former Luftwaffe headquarters, James learns how he ramped up his dark vision for Germany. The dark story behind an abandoned lakeside resort reveals how a cut-throat Goering enforced his vision. North of Berlin, James visits the site of Goering’s once-lavish country estate where his hold on power and reality ultimately unraveled.