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 ReichsfĂĽhrer 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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Two hundred managed to get away; some joined partisan units operating in the area.

Heinrich Himmler: A Life – Peter Longerich – Google Books

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 WW2 and the crimes of the Nazi Regime. In other words, his psychology. Dictatorship and Political Police: Urkunden und anderes Beweismaterial.

For the more Himmler reorganised his elite police force and the state which it patrolled, the more he needed to be in constant touch with it as an entity. The plan also included the kidnapping of Eastern European children by Nazi Germany. Want to Read saving….

I would read a paragraph and go, “what?

Heinrich Himmler

Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories. Downfall in Stages Indeed, towards the end of the war, Himmler was chief among those willing to betray the Fuhrer. Staff 24 May Lognerich 17, Mark Brewer rated it did not like it. Heinrich Himmler has been translated from German into English. Actually rate this 3. The SS devised a network of agents to ensure security in Nazi Germany and in the occupied areas.

Under the auspices of the SS Economy and Administration Head Office, this holding company owned housing corporations, factories, and publishing houses. The Life of Heydrich. longerichh

Did the Children Cry?: Just as we did not hesitate on 30 Juneto perform our duty as ordered and put comrades who had failed up against the wall and execute them, we also never spoke about it, nor will we ever speak about it. Feb 02, Molly Elder rated it really liked it. He tied this interest into his racist philosophy, looking for proof of Aryan and Nordic racial superiority from ancient times. Heinrich Himmler was the head of the Schutzstaffela paramilitary organization best known as the SS.


By the end of he had become Reich Chief of the Political Police, and began to consolidate all police power in his own hands. Hitler took advantage of this event, forcing von Hindenburg to sign the Reichstag Fire Decreewhich suspended basic rights and allowed detention without trial.

Hyperinflation was raging, and his parents could no longer afford to educate all three sons. A fascinating read for anyone interested in learning more about the inner-workings of the Third Reich and the sinister figure that was Heinrich Himmler.

Lonterich a student of Nazi Germany this book is a very detailed account of the rise of one of the leading Nazi Party members during the s and s. Longerich argues that each organisation played an important role toward ultimate goal of reshaping Europe as envisioned by Nazi outlook. The Greatest Empire Emily Wilson. That night Wenck was severely injured in a car accident, but it is doubtful that he could have salvaged the operation, as Guderian later claimed. If you don’t and if you don’t know much about Himmler – in my opinion, the most sinister of of Hitler’s henchmen – this is a comprehensive biography.

Repression in the Reich Kohn-Bramstedt, Ernest []. Himmlr is a difference between putting political enemies in camps and authorising torture, and the systematic murder of an entire race. Himmler admitted who he was, and Selvester had the prisoner searched.

Still this was a fascinating, if disturbing, read. The Murder of the European Jews The camp was dismantled by December Evans, University of Cambridge, and author of The Third Reich trilogy “In this highly impressive biography of Himmler, resting upon exhaustive exploration of available sources, Peter Longerich shows more plainly than ever before how this bizarre personality could gain such immense power and stamp his own imprint on the entire SS organisation, with horrendous consequences for millions throughout Europe” — Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler lonverich book’s bulk is consummate with the seriousness of its subject matter and, as the definitive life of this whey-faced monster of terror, it is unlikely to be bettered” — History Today “Excellent A book that, for me, was a disappointment.


Retrieved 31 July This is clearly not what has been done here, and I understand why: Heinrich Luitpold Himmler jimmler born in Munich on 7 October into a conservative middle-class Roman Catholic family. Eventually, it became one of the most powerful organizations in the Third Reich. 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.

In a revolt that October, prisoners killed most of the guards and SS personnel, and prisoners escaped. This longerivh is such a difficult read that I finally had to throw in the towel. Death tolls were high. You either tell the story or you dont. Professor Longerich has said that- “The aim of this biography is to penetrate as far as possible the mystery of this man’s personality and the motives underlying his deeds”.

Retrieved 20 June 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. In fact, longerch reading of this tome took almost a week. The author emphasizes the centrality of Himmler’s personality to the Nazi murder machine hikmler his surveillance of the private lives of his men, his deep resentments, his fierce prejudices – showing that man and position were inseparable.

They continued on to Neuhauswhere the group split up.