His great uncle was Hitler’s right-hand man Hermann GÃ¶ring. His family blamed their dire financial straits on the Jews:
“We grew up understanding that Israel and the Jewish people are to blame for the fact that our family had no money… When we were little and wanted new toys, our parents said all their money was going to pay the Jewish people.”
And yet, Matias Goering now davens in Hebrew, has been to Israel more than the average American Jew, and communicates regularly with God.
Six years ago, GÃ¶ring hit an all time low, losing his wife, his child and his job. He prayed to God for help and moments later his phone rang with a job offer. Today
Goering wears a large knitted kippa even in Switzerland. He prays several times a day, keeps some of the laws of kashrut and observes Shabbat. He has also begun to mark the Jewish holidays. His business card features a Chanukah menorah underneath the flag of Israel.
He also wears an anti-disengagement bracelet and is a believer in greater Israel.
Oh, and God speaks to him.