Hermann Göring’s Pet Lions

Goering with lion cub
Goering with lion cub. Video screenshot.
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The Nazis used animals as trappings of tyranny writes David Crossland in The Times today. Adolf Hitler liked alsatians because they are similar to wolves and wolves are predators and in his words, “Like the wolf tearing into the sheep herd, that’s how we’ll come”. Jan Mohnhaupt the author of Animals in National Socialism writes, “To this day wolves are associated with the far right and this is clearly linked to the Nazis”.

Dr Lutz Peck who supplied the lions
Dr Lutz Peck who supplied the lions to Goering. Screenshot.

They actually lived in the house and it kept happening that a lion walked into the office and frigthened their guests. It was a way for Göring to demonstrate his power. – Jan Mohnhaupt

In contrast, Hermann Göring (or Goering), preferred lions. He loved animals but also liked to hunt them. This is an interesting trait of hunters. To me this is a schizophrenic attitude. Goering had seven lions in his home between 1933 and 1940. He was supplied with two cubs in the early 1930s by the director of Berlin Zoo, Dr Lutz Peck, who took them back once they were too large to be safe. Goering had a favourite: Mucki. The video explains things nicely. The lions were certainly trappings of tyranny. They were there to intimidate and proclaim to the world that their owner was powerful and unforgiving.

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