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The Strange Case of Rudolf Hess


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Narrated by John Stockbridge.

An investigation into the unsolved mystery of a man's mind... a strange secret man who was the central figure in one of the most extraordinary episodes of the Second World War.

Rudolf Hess landed by parachute in wartime Scotland on Saturday night, 10 May 1941. He was then Deputy Fuehrer of Nazi Germany at the height of its power; today he is the last Nazi leader left in prison at Spandau, West Berlin. The questions posed by his mysterious flight and his subsequent behaviour remain unanswered, locked in Hess's mind. His curious actions were attributed to mental unsoundness. But were his symptoms and loss of memory merely a sustained and successful hoax?

Victor Beaumont plays Hess in a special reconstruction of his wartime captivity in Britain. This sequence is based entirely on Army medical records and Hess's own writings.
His unusual story is also told with archive film and eyewitness accounts.



Writer: Correlli Barnett
Narrator: John Stockbridge
Producer: Harry Hastings
Rudolf Hess: Victor Beaumont

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The Strange Case of Rudolf Hess

BBC One London, 28 April 1971 22.45

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