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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At one point, he was friendly toward Rohm, head of the SA; later, he was involved in destroying the SA. Eventually, it became one of the most powerful organizations in the Third Reich.

Heinrich Himmler

Hitler told those still with him in the bunker complex that Himmler’s act was the himmldr treachery he had ever known and ordered his arrest. While this approach allows Longerich to expand on each topic, it also necessitates some chronological overlapping and looping back, and this can become not only confusing but exasperating.

Certainly, his psychological hang-ups — well delineated by his own writings — informed his direction of the SS e. Jun 11, Ashok rated it really liked it. The translation is, in a word, toneless.

There is sometimes too much sense here that Himmler worked on his own behalf. The book also speaks to the kongerich Himmler waged with others for the ear of Hitler and for power. Carefully researchedand lucidly written, Heinrich Himmler is the essential account of the man who embodied Hitler’s apparatus of evil.

His cunning compensated for self-doubt and social ineptitude and allowed him to transform his power base, the SS security apparatus, into a tool for the realisation of his fantastic utopian visions of an Aryan, Jew-free, European empire. Inthe German news magazine Der Spiegel described Himmler as one of the most brutal mass murderers in history, and the architect of the Holocaust.


As Germany grabbed neighboring territory, longerch expanded the Waffen SS and organized the “Germanization” of conquered lands, which culminated in systematic mass murder. 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.

Wikisource has original works written by or about: Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk. In —24, Himmler, while searching for a world view, came to abandon Catholicism and focused on the occult and in antisemitism.

Himmler’s first name, Heinrich, was that of his godfatherPrince Heinrich of Bavariaa member of the royal family of Bavariawho had been tutored by Gebhard Himmler.

He was given a demonstration of a mass killing using the gas chamber in Bunker 2 and toured the building site of the new IG Farben plant being constructed at the nearby town of Monowitz. Retrieved 1 July Staff 2 December It is too long, too complicated, and too inertly written to lend itself to casual readers.

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. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt a. Repression in the Reich We learn about Himmer’s hundreds of associates, underlings, and enemies. View all 4 comments. Kirchenkampf and Nazi persecution of the Catholic Church. Instead, I was deluged with numbers and statistics, with resettlement in towns and provinces too numerous to mention.

Obviously in such a mixture of peoples, there will always be some racially good types.


Heinrich Himmler by Peter Longerich

Struggle and Renunciation 4. All in all, there were only a few tidbits of new information it presented to me, but well done, none the less.

A German Family History ] longdrich German. A subsidiary theme is the holocaust–or, more properly, of how Nazi race theory was implemented with increasing severity against undesirable populations. Carefully researchedand lucidly written, Heinrich Himmler is the essential account of the man who embodied Hitler’s apparatus of evil.

Margarete, by then living in Gmund lkngerich her daughter, learned of the relationship sometime in ; she and Himmler were already separated, and she decided to tolerate the relationship for the sake of her daughter. At a certain point in the book, Longerich himmlef a chronological approach in favor of a thematic structure. The traditional view saw them as grotesque monsters, psychologically disturbed, preternaturally evil.

Childhood and Youth 2. It is one of those things that is easily said.

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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.

Inside the Third Reich 7. Mar 17, Mark Brewer rated it did not like it. Himmler’s actual strength, he writes, consisted in redrawing every two or three years the master plans for his sphere of power.

Office of the Chief of Military History, U. Aug 24, Jim rated it it was amazing.