The body of Hermann Göring, Oct. 16, 1946
Hermann Göring was a prominent figure in the Nazi Party, second only to Adolf Hitler in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. His influence extended across various sectors of the Nazi regime, where he held numerous titles and wielded significant power. As one of the earliest members of the Nazi Party, Göring was instrumental in the establishment and consolidation of the totalitarian state. He founded the Gestapo, the official secret police of Nazi Germany, and was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, playing a pivotal role in the military campaigns of World War II.