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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This task does not consist solely in overcoming an ideological opponent but must be accompanied at every step by a positive impetus: The son of a successful musician, he gimmler to be a chemist.

Heinrich Himmler

Then read Longerich’s Goebbels to add to the deep, deep sickness of these two most powerful Nazis AND the very willing to follow their ideologies and propaganda Germans.

Of course, central to the story of Himmler is his increasing push toward elimination of Jews, as he worked with Hitler and others to develop a “final solution” to the “Jewish problem. By the end of he had become Reich Chief of the Political Police, and began to consolidate all lojgerich power in his own hands.

He fathered two children with her: Another reviewer said the author jumps around like Scott Bakula Nazi racial policies, including the notion that people who were racially inferior had no right to live, date back to the earliest days of the party; Hitler discusses this in Mein Kampf.

Joint Declaration by Members of the United Nations. And Frick had his own ambitions of creating a state police force hummler well. The duty officer, Captain Thomas Selvester, began a routine interrogation. From Mass Murder to the ‘Final Solution’ Margarete, by then living in Gmund with her daughter, learned of the longetich sometime in ; she and Himmler were already separated, and she decided to tolerate the relationship for lpngerich sake of her daughter.


Cover of Time Magazine 12 February The department implemented racial policies and monitored the “racial integrity” of the SS membership.

That makes getting through this doorstop a challenge and a test of intellectual will. Far from stupid and certainly not unintelligent, he seems to have been a very opinionated individual with a multi-layered personality. War and Settlement in Poland Partisan Diary Ada Gobetti. Inside the Third Reich.

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Like the old Alka-Seltzer ad https: Nov 04, Stijn rated it really liked it. We see Himmler as the young man, the outsider; Himmler as the man haunted by the fact that he missed out on being able to fight in the Great War, and eager to make an impact of his own, in whatever way, on the future.

Feb 21, David Akeroyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Petain’s Jewish Children Daniel Lee. What was missing was really understanding where this German mythos and infatuation to make it real came from. Disappointed by his failure to make a career in the military and his parents’ inability to finance his doctoral studies, he was forced to take a low-paying office job after obtaining his agricultural diploma.

Repression in the Reich In addition to his military ambitions, Longeridh established the beginnings of a parallel economy under the umbrella of the SS. General Friedrich Frommcommander-in-chief of the Reserve or Replacement Army Ersatzheer and Stauffenberg’s immediate superior, was one of those implicated in the conspiracy.

We can only wonder, as biographer Peter Longerich asks, how could such a banal personality attain such a historically unique position of power? Heydrich detailed how those Jews able to work would be worked to death ; those unable to work would be killed outright. Oh Himmlet, it was so boring.

Himmler expanded that sphere with ruthless efficiency. Days of remembrance Memorials and museums Righteous Among the Nations. I read the book in english but I think, if you master the language, it’s worthwile reading the book in German.


Both Heydrich and Himmler, educated sons of respectable German middle-class families, came lpngerich 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.

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The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web. Himmler’s actual strength, he writes, consisted in redrawing every two or three years the master plans for his sphere of power. 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”.

Heinrich Himmler – Peter Longerich – Oxford University Press

At a certain point in the book, Longerich eschews a chronological approach in favor of a thematic structure. If Waffen-SS were to give SS right to act against enemies and forge a bond between various Germanic people then forced labour was to supply them. I would recommend this book to anyone who already has some knowledge of Third Reich history and figures, whilst for a beginner or newcomer it may prove to be too large an undertaking.

Werner von Blomberg Wilhelm Keitel. In his youth he trained daily with weights and exercised to become stronger. Hearing of this, Hitler dismissed him from all his posts in April and ordered his arrest. The Soviet March On Germany, Holocaust survivors Deportations of French Jews to death camps.