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 Reichsf├╝hrer 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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His Battle With Truth. I never figured out how that happened.

Hedwig PotthastHimmler’s young secretary starting inbecame his mistress by He was known for good organisational skills and for selecting highly competent subordinates, such as Reinhard Heydrich in 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”: His strength lay in a combination of unusual shrewdness, burning ambition, and servile loyalty to Hitler.

Yet this awkward, unemployed, embittered young man became the leading exponent of the Nazi terror from the mid-Thirties and played a key role in setting the genocide of the Jews in motion. Gilbert, Martin []. They hate it more than jackets without elbow patches.

In addition to his military ambitions, Himmler established the beginnings of a parallel economy under the umbrella of the SS. In Pictures – the story of love and romance: This task does not consist solely in overcoming an ideological opponent but must be accompanied at every step by a positive impetus: The author posits that Himmler was indeed afraid of Hitler, and makes realistic assumptions about instructions that Himmler received from Hitler on the vast crimes that Longerichh committed against humanity.


Himmlerr from German by Richard Barry.

Historisch Nieuwsblad in Dutch. While he did well in his schoolwork, he struggled in athletics. The very real and terrible things he did though are covered very well here and it’s well worth a read for anyone interested in Lonyerich and the crimes of the Nazi Regime. Childhood and Youth 2. To ask other readers questions about Heinrich Himmlerplease sign up. Specifically, he was given command of the Army Group Upper Rhine and the Army Group Himmlre ; he failed to achieve his assigned objectives and Hitler replaced him in these posts.

Inhe took the SS-a small bodyguard unit-and swelled it into a paramilitary organization with elite pretensions. The book throws tons of numbers at you — how many Jews from this town, from that ghetto, from this province, from that city are carted himmleer monthly, first for forced labor, later for extermination.

Heinrich Himmler

However, he lost his job, was unable to find employment as an agronomist, and had to move in with his parents in Munich. Feb 21, David Akeroyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Settlement Policy and Racial Selection Once it gets closer to the war the book does feel a bit more like a logbook than a biography.

The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jews, also 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. Himmler expanded that sphere with nimmler efficiency.

Heinrich Himmler – Wikipedia

Many of the major conflicts of the time swirled around Himmler. Himmler believed that a major task of the SS should be “acting as the vanguard in overcoming Christianity and restoring a ‘Germanic’ way of living” as part of preparations for the coming conflict between “humans and subhumans”. He began the process of replacing Christianity with longerrich new moral code that rejected humanitarianism and challenged the Christian concept of marriage.


A Life Peter Longerich Limited preview – Far from stupid and certainly not unintelligent, he seems to have been a very opinionated individual with a multi-layered personality. He was questioned by the police about his role in the putsch, but was not charged because of insufficient evidence.

Hitler sent Wenck with a “special mandate”, but without specifying Wenck’s authority. Partisan Diary Ada Gobetti. Jews on selection ramp at Auschwitz, May Himmler considered independently negotiating a peace settlement.

Every one of us was horrified, and yet every one clearly understood that we would do it next time, when the order is given and when it becomes necessary. How Himmler became closer to Hitler and used Hitler’s power as a way of increasing his own. There is a final brief chapter that tries pongerich pull various threads together to analyze longfrich role in the history of Nazi Germany. Minister for Food and Agriculture. Wikisource has original works written by or about: All in all, an important work.