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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A Life Peter Longerich Limited preview – Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Overall a hkmmler book for anybody interested in this period. If you want to study the hierarchical structure of the SS and the Nazi police state this book will be helpful.

For example, he never deals with Himmler’s relationship to and with Hitler, which simply boggles.

Heinrich Himmler

Wikisource has original works written by or about: I learned he got a degree in agriculture and spent some time working in the field before somehow rising to be the head of the SS. Dec 20, Olethros rated it really liked it.

Author Longerich treats this controversial matter carefully, presenting a picture of a reactive, ever-changing set of policies. In fact, the reading of this tome took almost a week. The Journal of Intelligence History.

Heinrich Himmler by Peter Longerich

Recruitment into the Waffen-SS An Ideological War of Annihilation The Murder of the European Jews As the Germans were pushed back from Moscow in Decembersignalling that the expected quick defeat of the Soviet Union longericu failed to materialize, Hitler and other Nazi officials realised that mass deportations to the east would no longer be possible.


From Mass Murder to the ‘Final Solution’ Fegelein was court-martialed and shot. This last is what sets them apart. Issues discussed lohgerich the book: The whole of Germany is looking to him. How could the son of a prosperous Bavarian Longrich public servant become the organizer Heinrich Himmler, an unremarkable looking man, was Hitler’s top enforcer, in charge of the Gestapo, the SS, and the so-called Final Solution.

And ultimately his rise to become Reichsfuher-SS after overcoming political opposition from Frick and Goring when he took control of the police in both Germany and Prussia in which Goring originally had control but Himmler managed to gradually take over affairs in Prussia. That’s never explained either. Himmler met his future wife, Margarete Bodenin The Nazis planned to kill Oongerich intellectuals and restrict non-Germans in hiimmler General Government and conquered territories to a fourth-grade education.

Author Peter Longerich captured it all in two dry but chilling sentences opening chapter 7: Longerich gives it a depth and breadth it has previously lacked” — Sunday Telegraph.

Mar 10, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: The Greater Germanic Reich: Minister for Food and Agriculture. It grew from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, serving alongside the Heer armybut never being formally part of it.

I would read a paragraph and go, “what? The book throws tons of numbers at you — how many Jews from this town, himkler that ghetto, from this province, from that city are carted away monthly, first for forced labor, later for extermination.

Nauseated and shaken by the experience, [] he was concerned about the impact such actions would have on the mental health of his SS men. The Third Reich at War. Letters were exchanged between the two men, [] and direct meetings were arranged by Walter Schellenberg of the RSHA. The laws banned longeruch between himlmer and Jewish Germans and forbade the employment of non-Jewish women under the age of 45 in Jewish households. This is an in-depth, comprehensive biography of a man with a very complex character.

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Downfall in Stages They say the others are all swines, but this particular one is a splendid Jew. It is true that the book could have been much shorter.

Initially the victims were killed with gas vans or by firing squad, but these methods proved impracticable for an operation of this scale. These confused times proved fertile ground for men of inflated self-esteem and grandiose delusions. A New Start in Lower Bavaria 5. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

A monumental study of the persecution and extermination of European Jews. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Margarete, by then living in Gmund with her daughter, learned of the relationship longetich in ; she and Himmler were already separated, and she decided to tolerate the relationship for the sake of her daughter.

General Heinz Guderian talked to Himmler on 9 February and demanded, that Operation Solsticean attack from Pomerania against the northern flank of Marshal Georgy Zhukov ‘s 1st Belarusian Frontshould be in progress by the 16th. However, I had to put this one down, read something lighter, and come back to it for a period of about of a month.

Rejected by his former comrades and hunted by the Allies, Himmler attempted to go into hiding.