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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The Autobiography of Rudolf Hoess.

As a member of a reserve battalion during World War I, Himmler lobgerich not see active service. This book also clarifies many points of Nazi policy such as the origins of “The Final Solution”.

He had been put in charge of it and, in his view, it simply had to be done.

Writing to Gebhard in FebruaryMargarete said, “How wonderful that he has been called to great tasks and is equal to them. Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust. The Life of Heydrich. Longerixh was also in charge of the Wehrmacht penal system, and controlled the development of Wehrmacht armaments until January Instead, Longerich shows us Himmler as the creepy weirdo he was.

Why even mention it then. Historisch Nieuwsblad in Dutch.

Heinrich Himmler

Instead, the focus of this lengthy text is on how Himmler rose through party ranks and accreted power. The programme had disappointing results; less than 40 per cent of SS men married and each produced only about one child.


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 longfrich Great War, and eager to make an impact of his own, in himmlrr way, on the future. Historians want to focus on what happened.

Heinrich Himmler – Peter Longerich – Oxford University Press

With a few days off work I will definitely be reading more of this fascinating and very detailed book. He stripped Himmler of all of his party and state offices and expelled him from the Nazi Party. Two hundred managed to get away; some joined partisan units operating in the area.

To have endured this and himmled the same time to have remained a decent person—with exceptions due to human weaknesses—has made us tough, and is a glorious chapter that has not and will not be spoken of. The Student of Agriculture 3.

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. Downfall in Stages The fault here, I believe, is probably not with the translators.

Heinrich Himmler: A Life – Peter Longerich – Google Books

longerihc Himmler expected that it would take twenty to thirty years to complete the plan, at a cost of 67 billion Reichsmarks. Between 85 and members of the SA leadership and other political adversaries, including Gregor Strasser, were killed between 30 June and 2 July in these actions, known as the Night of the Long Knives. Heinrich Himmler was an unremarkable looking man.


In practice, however, the police was now effectively a division of the SS, and hence independent of Frick’s control. On 31 DecemberHimmler introduced the “marriage order”, which required SS men wishing to marry to produce family trees proving that both families were of Aryan descent to However book suffers from 3 main flaws.

Hitler, who had long considered Longeirch to be second only to Joseph Goebbels in loyalty he called Himmler “the loyal Heinrich”flew into a rage at this apparent betrayal. In many ways, he out-Hitlered Hitler. From Mass Murder to the ‘Final Solution’ The book gets bogged down in somewhat irrelevant details, like crop yields from Himmler’s wacky SS agricultural enterpises in occupied Europe, rather than filling him out with personal anectdotes from people that knew him, or his aforementioned relationship with Hitler.

Inhe took the SS-a small bodyguard unit-and swelled it into a paramilitary organization with elite pretensions.

In Novemberwhile Himmler was still in training, the war ended with Germany’s defeat, denying him the opportunity to become nimmler officer or see combat. From Mass Murder to the ‘Final Solution’