Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler

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As head of the SS, chief of police, "Reichskommissar for the Consolidation of Germanness", and Reich Interior Minister, Heinrich Himmler enjoyed a position of almost unparalleled power and responsibility in Nazi Germany. Perhaps more than any other single Nazi leader aside from Hitler, hisname has become a byword for the terror, persecution, and destruction that characterized the Third Reich. His wide-ranging powers meant that he bore equal responsibility for the repression of the German people on the home front and the atrocities perpetrated by the SS in the East. Yet, in spite ofhis central role in the crimes of the Nazi regime, until now Himmler has remained a colourless and elusive figure in the history of the period.In this, the first-ever comprehensive biography of the SS-Reichsfuhrer, leading German historian Peter Longerich puts every aspect of Himmler's life under the microscope. Masterfully interweaving the story of Himmler's personal life and political career with the wider history of the Nazidictatorship, Longerich shows how skilfully he exploited and manipulated his disparate roles in the pursuit of his far-reaching and grandiose objectives. In the process, he illuminates the extraordinary degree to which Himmler's own personal prejudices, idiosyncrasies, and predilections made theirmark on the organizations for which he was responsible - especially the SS, which in so many ways bore the characteristic hallmarks of its leader, and whose history remains both incomplete and incomprehensible without a detailed and intimate knowledge of its deeply sinistercommander-in-chief.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780199592326
Branch Call Number: 940.540093 HIM 2012
Characteristics: XVIII, 1031 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Sharpe, Lesley
Noakes, Jeremy

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Nov 19, 2012

Reads like a text-book. The author doesn't do much to 'liven' it up, but the wealth of information should satisfy any amateur historian. Special care is taken to back up data and stay objective, with endnotes appearing almost every paragraph. A good knowledge of the events leading up to WW2 is essential to get the most of this book.

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