The Martyrdom of “Number 7”
Wir gedenken des 33. Jahrestages der Ermordung von Rudolf Heß
Abdallah Melaouhi is a man of humanity, integrity and courage. If not for Abdallah, many of the facts about the last years of prisoner “Number 7” would still be hidden away from the interested public. Abdallah took a stand many individuals would not dare to take because he exposed the facts about the barbaric treatment and the subsequent murder of “Number 7.” Prisoner number seven was an elderly man by the name of Rudolf Hess. A book called Rudolf Hess: His Betrayal & Murder was written by Abdallah Melaouhi and published recently. The publication of this book is significant not only because it shed light on the story of Rudolf Hess, but also because the author had to overcome so many obstacles to get this book published.
Rudolf Hess was born in Alexandria, Egypt on April 26, 1894 and spent his youth in Egypt. Abdallah Melaouhi was born on September 20, 1942, in Srai, a small village in Tunisia; however, their paths were to eventually cross at a fortress prison in Berlin, Germany. Abdallah suffered the loss of both his grandfather and father at the hands of the French, and after completing his basic education in Tunisia, he emigrated to Germany and studied both business and medicine. The education that Melaouhi’s earned allowed him to eventually become nurse in Germany.
On August 2, 1982, after a formal application process, Abdallah became the personal nurse to the only remaining allied prisoner in the ancient Spandau Prison in western Berlin. For five years, Abdallah served as nurse and confident to a forlorn prisoner who just happened to be Hitler’s former Deputy — Rudolf Hess.
From page 59 of Melaouhi’s book: “Not having met my patient yet, I was given some additional instructions. With an earnest look on his face, Mr. Boon explained that I must never address the patient by his name. I always had to address him as “No. 7.” I was not allowed to greet him with a handshake, and I was also never to touch him except when required for my nursing work. It was also strictly forbidden to talk to him in private. Conversations had to be limited to a bare minimum, and I was only allowed to talk about matters which were directly related to my nursing work. Mr. Boon also warned me that I had to faithfully follow these instructions and that under no circumstances was I to do otherwise as this would result in my immediate dismissal.”
At the time of Melaouhi’s last quotation, Hess was 88 years old and had already been in prison 41 years. What the allies and Abdallah did not realize was that Hess could speak Arabic. Through this secret method of communication, Abdallah was to become a confident and trustworthy friend to isolated Rudolf Hess. The four allied forces took monthly turns guarding their lone prisoner, while the Russians presided over the treatment of Hess. The number seven had been assigned to Hess, and each of the original seven individuals who were sentenced to prison terms at Spandau Prison during the Nuremburg Trials were given a number.
At the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials, 600 Spandau prisoners were moved to other prisons in order to make room for the seven “war criminals.” The last two “War Crimes” prisoners of the Nuremberg Trials were finally released in 1966; however, Hess was to remain a prisoner at Spandau for another 20 years, and in those last 20 years Hess was the only prisoner that was guarded by hundreds of watchmen. So, why was Rudolf Hess, who was an advocate of peace held for 46 years? Due to the duplicity of the British government, details about Hess’s peace mission from May 10, 1941, remain clouded in mystery. Hitler often stated that he did not want to fight the British because he considered them to be solid members of the greater German race. Hitler never had any war objectives for England, but instead, his war objective had always been aimed at protecting Europe from the Communist threat that come from the Russian Jewish Bolsheviks.
It seems likely that the British knew Hess was planning to fly to the Island of Britannia from Germany and land on a private airport that was owned by the Duke of Hamilton. Everything seems to indicate that Hess wanted to make a plea for peace through his British contacts and to possibly obtain a meeting with Winston Churchill. When Hess approached the airport in Scotland, the lights had been turned off and he was forced to make his first parachute jump and allow the airplane to crash. Hess made a successful parachute landing, but his plans went into disarray because “Bulldog” Churchill had no intention to meet with a German peacenik. Once on the ground in England, Hess was interrogated by the British in the Tower of London, then he spent the remainder of the Second World War locked-up in a prison located in Wales.
Rudolf Hess knew the personal cost of war because he served in the trenches during the First Great War. He also suffered two serious wounds during the time when Churchill and Roosevelt were probably sitting by their fireplaces sipping expensive whiskies. Let us hope there is someone around in 2016 when the Hess files are finally opened for inspection because the British have continually kept any files pertaining to Hess hidden away since 1941. In 1945, Hess was returned to Germany to receive his sentence at the mockery of justice called The Nuremburg Trials. Although he had spent the entire war locked-away in prison and ran a dangerous envoy for the sake of peace, the allies still sentenced him to life in prison. So, is this justice?
When Mikhail Gorbachev became the general secretary of the Soviet Union in 1986, he implied that he might consider getting Hess released. The blame for continually holding Hess had always fallen upon the Russians, but the British, the Americans and even the Israelis had their own vile reasons for wanting to keep this persecuted old man behind bars. The liberalized Russian policies of the 1980s finally forced the hands of the allies concerning the matter of Rudolf Hess. The truth was, that the allies would have never Hess to go free and give interviews about his mysterious mission to England.
At the age of 93, Hess was weak, nearly blind, and he needing aid for eating, bathing, and walking. In light of his miserable condition, Rudolf Hess was suicided in Spandau on August 17, 1987. Abdallah gave Rudolf Hess the few acts of kindness he was to receive while serving in the capacity of his nurse, and Abdallah’s tenure of service to Hess lasted for five years. Abdallah was a witness to the aftermath of the so-called suicide of the feeble old man that was Rudolf Hess. At the time of his death, Hess was a man who was still mentally acute, yet he suffering several physical disabilities; none the less, was somehow strong enough to hang himself with a light cord that was strung over a window hook.
An excerpt from page 36 of Melaouhi’s book: “During the last years of Hess’s life I was not only his nurse but in many ways his confidant. As an orthodox Muslim I feel that I must take on the role of his advocate and spokesman now that he has died. I looked into the eyes of the two people whom I believe to have been his murderers and the American guard whom, according to the circumstances, I must consider as being an accessory to the murder. I am demanding that these persons and the people who hired them be put on trial for the murder of a helpless old man. And I will not rest until I succeed. I don’t think that this is anything unusual. I believe that most people who witness a crime want to make sure that the accused gets put on trial and that justice is done.”
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Comments about the author on pages 174 and 175: “The Tunisian Abdallah Melaouhi has how been looking after me as a caretaker for more than four years. He applied for this job to be able to help me in my old age. He has fulfilled this task in an exemplary manner. He has not only applied his astonishingly detailed and comprehensive medical knowledge, but he has also been untiringly concerned with my well-being and with the perfect condition of the things that have been placed at my disposal. He has done this far beyond the call of his normal duties and beyond his job description. As difficult as this was at times, even under very trying circumstances. He has fulfilled my every wish as far as this was within his power. He was always friendly, he was never in a bad mood, also in this respect he helped to alleviate my situation. A highly commendable personality who places himself under the task he has set himself in order to serve the elderly. I cannot imagine a better nurse. Berlin-Spandau, July 30, 1985, Rudolf Hess”
Even in death, Hess was not allowed to rest in peace. In 2011, his body, which was buried next to his parents and his wife at a grave in the village of Wunsiedel was dug up. After Hess’s body was exhumed, his remains were tossed to the wind like garbage. This was the dirty work of Jews, Communists, and cowards. Let it be known that their evil deeds cannot diminish our memory of Rudolf Hess because Hess will be remembered forever by truth-seekers as a martyr for peace.