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toysoldier

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One reason I enjoy reading history books is the interesting things that don't make it into the general knowledge. I am reading a biography of a significant person from the first half of the 20th century, and found this:
"In his position...he restocked the forests...with birds and animals which had been overhunted or poached to the point of disappearing. He imported elk and bison...wild ducks, swans and game...He tightened up the...hunting laws...making it mandatory for all would-be hunters to pass a test in handling a gun. Permits were strictly limited, and all hunters had to be accompanied by a trained dog to make sure wounded animals were found and killed. He also imposed heavy penalties on anyone shooting beyond their allotted quota; forbade hunting on horseback or from cars, using wire or steel traps, poison, lights for night-hunting,; and increased penalties for poaching (and included a clause in the law banning vivisection)...inaugurated planting schemes which provided green belts around all the great cities, as playgrounds and lungs for the working population, but also as sanctuaries for wildlife.


The person?






Master of the German Hunt and Master of the German Forests, Herman Goering.
 
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Wow! I was going to guess Teddy Roosevelt, didn’t he do a lot for wilderness areas here in the US?

One thing I like about Europe is all the green spaces they built in and around cities. Some of the cities have such large central parks, and we don’t have them here in the states.
 

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Fox Mike said:
Could you post the name of that book. Sounds like good reading.

The Reich Marshal---A Biography of Herman Goering by Leonard Mosley, copyright 1974

Next on my reading list is Inside the Third Reich---Memoirs of Albert Speer. I read it a long time ago, very interesting, as was an independent biography of Speer. Had Hitler been successfully eliminated after the invasion of Poland, and Goering and Speer taken over, much of Europe might be happily speaking German today.
 

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Like most people, there was Good and Bad to Goering.

Okay, with him, more bad than good. A lot more. :?

toysoldier said:
Next on my reading list is Inside the Third Reich---Memoirs of Albert Speer. I read it a long time ago, very interesting, as was an independent biography of Speer. Had Hitler been successfully eliminated after the invasion of Poland, and Goering and Speer taken over, much of Europe might be happily speaking German today.
Read it back in the '70s. Thought it was fascinating. I thought that, like Wehrner Von Braun, he was less Nazi and more Guy Trying to Get Stuff Done.
 

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Man, did I guess wrong!
OTOH, I suppose one could cite many beneficial national and civic improvements that various members of the National Socialist party and government designed and implemented. Of course, the immense evil set upon millions of people kind of offsets it.
 

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“Permits were strictly limited...”. Yeah, surprise. To whom and for what.

Didn’t he also have nazi “medical Drs” create some abortion of an animal combination that was to be strictly for hunts?

Coward ate a pill instead of facing justice.
 

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WestTex said:
“Permits were strictly limited...”. Yeah, surprise. To whom and for what.

Didn’t he also have nazi “medical Drs” create some abortion of an animal combination that was to be strictly for hunts?

Coward ate a pill instead of facing justice.

No mention of that in the book. From what the author writes, Goering was a snob who despised associating with the crude, brutal element of the Party. He took poison because the court wouldn't have him executed by firing squad, like a soldier, instead of being hung like a criminal.
 

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