Heinrich Himmler

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OUP Oxford, Oct 27, 2011 - History - 1072 pages
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, his name 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 of his 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-Reichsführer, 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 Nazi dictatorship, 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 their mark 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 sinister commander-in-chief.

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In depth biography of Himmler which spends too much time on the SS as an organisation and Himmler's input in to it's organisation and ideology. It's sometimes difficult to understand what was driving ... Read full review


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Exhaustive—and sometimes exhausting—life of the Nazi functionary who rivaled Adolf Hitler in power and influence.In disfavor for the last couple of decades, psychohistory finds a champion in ... Read full review


A New Racial Order
Repression in the Reich
The Year 1940
An Ideological War of Annihilation
From Mass Murder to the Final Solution
The Murder of the European Jews
Settlement Policy and Racial Selection

The Takeover of the Political Police
From Inspector of the Prussian Gestapo to Chief of the German Police
The State Protection Corps
Ideology and Religious Cult
Himmlers Leadership Style
Himmler as Educator
The SS Family
War Preparations and Expansion
War and Settlement in Poland
Recruitment into the WaffenSS
A EuropeWide Reign of Terror
A Turn in the WarA New Opportunity?

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Peter Longerich is Professor of Modern German History at Royal Holloway University of London and founder of the College's Holocaust Research Centre. He has published widely on the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including Holocaust: The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jews, also published by Oxford University Press, which is widely recognized as the standard account of the Nazi machinery of mass murder and the steps by which it unfolded.

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