Heinrich Himmler by Peter Longerich

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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, 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.
 

About Peter Longerich

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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.
 
Published October 27, 2011 by OUP Oxford. 1052 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Exhaustive—and sometimes exhausting—life of the Nazi functionary who rivaled Adolf Hitler in power and influence.

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Publishers Weekly

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With access to new material, Longerich (Holocaust), professor of history at the University of London, delivers an exhaustive biography of the notorious Nazi. Himmler (1900–1945) grew up in a stable, m

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None of Hitler’s lieutenants did more to realize the Final Solution than Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich.

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None of Hitler’s lieutenants did more to realize the Final Solution than Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich.

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Macleans

He always emerged from internecine struggles and betrayals with enhanced powers, and for all Hitler’s absolute centrality to his regime, the way Himmler wove together the tools that came to his hand—the police machinery, the settlement policy, the camp system, the forced labour programs—was also ...

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BBC History Magazine

There is much that will be familiar of course – the hypocritical petit-bourgeois morality or the passion for ‘Teutonic’ mumbo-jumbo and esoterica – but there are other important aspects to his character that Longerich teases out, such as his complex views on sex and sexuality and his paternalisti...

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