SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich’s widow: an unrepentant Nazi

The German authorities, too, turned a blind eye to the Heydrich case. Lina never stood trial for the maltreatment of her slave labourers in Jungfern-Breschan. On the contrary, in the context of the so-called de-Nazification process, she was officially cleared and allowed to retake possession of her financial assets and house on Fehmarn, which had been temporarily confiscated by the British army in 1945. It was here that Lina ran a small pension and restaurant, the Imbria Parva, in which former SS officers frequently met for reunions and exchanged memories of the ‘good old days’. In 1956 and 1959, Lina also won a series of court cases against the Federal Republic that had previously denied her pension rights. After the trial, and despite extensive evidence about her late husband’s role in the Holocaust, the Federal Republic was forced to pay her the widow’s pension of a German general killed in action, roughly equivalent to that of a retired minister president. Well subsidized by the German taxpayer, Lina never expressed regret or remorse for her husband’s deeds and publicly declared that she dreamed of him ‘almost every night’.

Gerwarth, Robert. Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich (pp. 290-291). Yale University Press. Kindle Edition.

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