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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PS Again, the ‘date started’ field below is not functioning. Certainly, his psychological hang-ups — well delineated by his own writings — informed his direction of the SS e.

Letters were exchanged between the two men, [] and direct meetings were arranged by Walter Schellenberg of the RSHA. Masterfully interweaving the story of Himmler’s personal life and political career with the wider history of the Nazi dictatorship, Longerich shows how skillfully he exploited and manipulated his disparate roles in the pursuit of his far-reaching and grandiose objectives. Special Features The first-ever comprehensive biography of Heinrich Himmler – as head of the SS and chief of police, a central figure in the Nazi war of racial extermination and oppression.

Ambition and Disappointment Hitler told those still with him in the bunker complex that Himmler’s act was the worst treachery he had ever known and ordered his arrest. 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 away monthly, first for forced labor, later for extermination.


Dec 20, Olethros rated it really liked it. Collapse Conclusion Endnotes Bibliography Index.

Heinrich Himmler

On Hitler’s behalf, Himmler formed the Einsatzgruppen and built extermination camps. Still this was a fascinating, if disturbing, read. On 20 Julya group of German army officers led by Claus von Stauffenberg and including some of the highest-ranked members of the German armed forces attempted to assassinate Hitler, but failed to do so. That makes getting through this doorstop a challenge and a test of intellectual will.

Account Options Sign in. In this way, Hitler fostered distrust, competition, and infighting among his subordinates to consolidate and maximise his own power. We see Himmler as what could, and often is, described as the “effecient bureaucrat”, restructuring government offices. Hitler’s Master of the Dark Arts: Jul 01, Pierre IL Vecchio rated it really liked it. Himmler’s actual strength, he writes, consisted in redrawing every two or three years the master plans for his sphere of power.

How Himmler developed strange and unscientific studies of race and then tried to impose his views on people of many backgrounds. He also claimed very high survival rates for the camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belseneven as these sites were liberated and it became obvious that his figures were false.

Konstantin von Neurath Joachim von Ribbentrop. As a student of Nazi Germany this book is a very detailed account of the rise of one lonberich the leading Nazi Party members during the s and s. If Einsatzgruppen were to clear newly conqured areas then settlement agency would populate it with German settlers.

I am talking about the “Jewish evacuation”: A New Racial Order I never figured out how that happened. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Did the Children Cry?: Gas van Gas chamber Extermination through labour Einsatzgruppen Human medical experimentation.


Himmlet book also clarifies many points of Nazi policy such as the origins of “The Final Solution”. Thanks for telling us about the gimmler.

Feb 19, Jing rated it it was amazing. The Architect of Genocide.

Heinrich Himmler: A Life – Peter Longerich – Google Books

The Greater Germanic Reich: The man had drive. We can only wonder, as biographer Peter Longerich asks, how could such a banal personality attain such an historically unique position of power? A fascinating read for anyone interested in learning longeruch about the inner-workings of the Third Reich and the sinister figure that was Heinrich Himmler.

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Heinrich Himmler – Peter Longerich – Oxford University Press

In the end, the horrible truth is that everything I saw in the movies and read about the SS and Himmler was true. Minister of State for Bohemia and Moravia.

Haiger, Ernst Summer Heinrich Himmler was the head of the Schutzstaffela paramilitary organization best known as the SS. The Myth of the Master Race: Himmler was interested in mysticism and the occult from an early age. The goal was to break through the lines of the US 7th Army and French 1st Army to support the southern thrust in the Ardennes offensivethe final major German offensive of the war.

This book is truly one of the best biographical books I’ve ever read. Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.