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We can only wonder, as biographer Peter Longerich asks, how could such a Longerich answers those questions with a superb account of Himmler’s inner self . Heinrich Himmler was an unremarkable looking man. Yet he was Hitler’s top enforcer, in charge of the Gestapo, the SS, and the so-called Final. Heinrich Luitpold Himmler was Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron; SS), .. Himmler biographer Peter Longerich wrote that, while the Nazi movement as a whole launched itself against Jews and Communists, “by linking.

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Jan 30, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Return to Book Page. Compiled by Martin Chilton. The author emphasizes the centrality of Himmler’s personality to the Nazi murder machine-his surveillance of the private lives of his men, his deep resentments, his fierce prejudices-showing that man and position were inseparable.

Both Heydrich and Himmler, educated sons of respectable German middle-class families, came longericu believe so firmly in a world Jewish conspiracy that their faith permitted them to lay aside the moral dictates of their Western upbringing and to construct a monstrous moral universe that made mass murder on an unimaginable scale right rather than wrong. Oxford University Press is a department lomgerich the University of Oxford. The SS devised a network himmleer agents to ensure security in Nazi Germany and in the occupied areas.

However, as he learned more about Hitler through his reading, he began to regard him as a useful face of the party, [27] [28] and he later admired and even worshipped him. Most of them were Polish and Soviet citizens. Gudrun emerged from the experience embittered by her alleged hlmmler and has remained devoted to her father’s memory.

Some converted to Christianity. His reading lists, as recorded in his diary, were dominated by antisemitic pamphlets, German myths, and occult tracts. The programme had disappointing results; longeirch than 40 per cent of SS men married and each produced only about one child. Bythe SS numbered 52, members.

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All olngerich interested in the history of Nazi Germany, and the life of Heinrich Himmler. Historians want to focus on what happened. How Poland became the brutal testing ground for future atrocities. That did not do either much good A book that, for me, was a disappointment. The Myth of the Master Race: Just one more crackpot scribbling harebrained nonsense into a journal that nobody would ever read.


Heinrich Himmler

The Private Heinrich Himmler. Hitler’s leadership style was to give contradictory orders to subordinates and to place them into positions where their duties and responsibilities overlapped with those of others. Himmler experienced early adulthood in that curious time-frame located between the end of WWI and the Great Depression of the s when strong opinions about political, economic, and social reordoring abounded, and not just in Germany.

General Heinz Guderian talked to Himmler on 9 February and demanded, that Operation Solsticean attack from Pomerania against the northern flank of Marshal Georgy Zhukov ‘s 1st Belarusian Fronthimmlfr be in progress by the 16th. Illuminates the extraordinary degree to which Himmler’s personal prejudices and idiosnycrasies shaped the organizations which he led – above all, the SS.

Heinrich Himmler – Wikipedia

Himmler’s attempt to escape the responsibilities for his action by reaching out to the western powers and to Jewish leaders is given, in my opinion, jimmler shrift. Heydrich began to racially classify the Czechs, deporting many to concentration camps. The translation in itself seems to be OK The Evil Genius of the Third Reich. The details of the story, leisurely developed over a series of chapters, is truly chilling. Travelling longericg over Bavaria agitating for the party, he gave speeches and distributed literature.

From the east, the highest number of men came from Lithuania 50, and the lowest from Bulgaria I am generally a voracious reader, and could easily tackle most books in a day or two. The Lost Wave Molly Tambor. Obviously in such a mixture of peoples, there will always be some racially good types. At a certain point in the book, Longerich eschews a chronological approach in favor of a thematic structure.

Within the ever changing boudaries of Himmler’s ever changing thoughts, we are also introduced to the diverse aspects and origins of the “Final Solution”: The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jewsalso published by Oxford University Press, which is widely recognized as the standard account of the Nazi machinery of mass murder and the steps by which it unfolded.


Wilhelm Frick Heinrich Himmler.

Half a million residents of the annexed Polish territories, as well as from Slovenia, Alsace, Lorraine, and Luxembourg were deported to the General Government or sent to Germany as slave labour. That did not do either much good as the Himmler SS settled old scores for the Nazi party by executing both, amongst others,on the Night of the Long Knives. Initially the camps housed political opponents; over time, undesirable members of German society—criminals, vagrants, deviants—were placed in the camps as well.

Thus, the camps became a mechanism for social and racial engineering.

And of course the relationship of Himmler and Hitler should be central to any discussion of Himmler. Some interesting biographical information on Himmler the youth, but as the book progressed there was not a whole bunch on his interaction with Hitler, even in the pre-power days.

himmlr Outstanding and in-depth biography of a psychopath; but a very powerful psychopath. He believed that he could engineer the German populace, for example, through eugenicsto be Nordic in appearance within several decades of the end of the war. The Center of SS Ideology: His name, today, is synonymous with evil.

The Party Functionary 6. He later officially appointed Heydrich his deputy.

These were dizzy heights and he kept himself at the top via a cultivated coldness and ruthlessness. There are other better written books on the Nazi higher-command and the SS. Oct 05, Bill Manzi rated it it was ok. In the end, the horrible truth is that everything I saw in the movies and read about the SS and Himmler was true.

Heinrich Himmler was an unremarkable looking man.