Goering was sentenced to be hanged. But shortly before his execution was scheduled to take place, he committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule.
Hechler will have copies of "Goering and His Gang" on sale at Thursday's event, as well as some of his other books, including:
| "The Bridge at Remagen," his first book, published in 1957, about battles at the end of World War II in Germany.
| "Soldier of the Union," about his grandfather, George Hechler, who fought as a Union soldier during Civil War battles in Lewisburg and Antietam.
| "The Fight for Coal Mine Health and Safety," about his key role in helping pass the historic Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, 13 months after an explosion killed 78 miners at Consolidation Coal's No. 9 Mine in Mannington.
Hechler, who will turn 98 on September 20, began his political career working as a White House staff member for President Harry S. Truman, who became president after Roosevelt died in 1945. Hechler served in the House of Representatives between 1959 and 1977 and as West Virginia's secretary of state from 1985 to 2001.
Hechler plans to answer questions for the audience after his talk. Admission is free and open to the public.
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