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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The remainder were killed. It is unlikely that either of these biographies will be bettered.

The man had drive. All males aged sixteen to sixty were eligible for conscription into this militia, over the protests of Armaments Minister Albert Speerwho noted that irreplaceable skilled workers were being removed from armaments production.

Retrieved 13 October At some point, he’s working closely with Hitler we’re never given a good, let alone any, picture of Hitler in this bookyet there are absolutely no details at all as to how they met, when they met, where they met, what lead Hitler to promote this loser to such a vital role.

The son of a successful musician, he wanted to be a chemist. He stripped Himmler of all of his party and state offices and expelled him from the Nazi Party. I was also looking for a more thorough analysis of Himmler in the last days of the Third Reich, his ridiculous attempt to take over the Nazi government while it was on hkmmler funeral pyre, and his even more ridiculous attempt to “negotiate” surrender with the Allies from the Allies’ perspective.


Although he was not successful, he was able to extend his involvement in the paramilitary scene in Munich. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Feb 01, Geli rated it really liked it.

Heinrich Himmler

The early chapters explore his effort to make a career in the agricultural realm; it also traces his rise in the Nazi Party, becoming an important figure in the SS. He also shows that after being cashiered out of the navy, Heydrich was desperate to be back in uniform and to become someone of substance.

Himmler as Educator Himmler considered independently negotiating a peace settlement.

May 22, Brooksie rated it liked it. Much attention is given to the various shufflings and reshufflings of the organizations and institutions under his authority. Jan 30, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends hijmler for: Do we have their names? All regalia and uniforms of Nazi Germany, particularly those of the SS, used symbolism in their designs.

Repression in the Hmimler Also, I wanted to read about the attack on Russia, but that was never really addressed. Perhaps more than any other single Nazi leader aside from Hitler, his name has become a byword for the terror, persecution, and destruction that characterized the Third Reich.

Jan 27, Cary Lackey rated it liked it. 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.


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Heydrich drew up a set of proposals and Himmler sent him to meet with Frick. The Architect of Genocide. Staff 24 May Instead, Longerich shows us Himmler as the creepy weirdo he was.

Reitlinger, Gerald []. The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jewsalso published by Oxford University Press, which is yimmler recognized as the standard account of the Nazi machinery of mass murder and the steps by which it unfolded. Once it gets closer to the war the book does feel a bit more like a logbook than a biography. As well, his relationships with the Nazi leadership, especially Hitler were not covered very well.

This last is what sets them apart. This move gave Himmler operational control over Germany’s entire detective force. Wayne State University Press.

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The Third Reich in Power. Jews on selection ramp at Auschwitz, May I got to page of this 1, paqe book and I simply could not proceed onward. That night Wenck was severely injured in a car accident, but it is longerixh that he could have salvaged the operation, as Guderian later claimed.