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The Himmler Brothers Hardcover – Unabridged, 20 Jul 2007
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It took courage and imagination for Katrin to confront the assumptions and half-truths that had taken root in the family . . . You get a vivid sense of a particular kind of German conservatism and of how, weirdly, it found an outlet in the upstart, part-pagan thuggery of Nazisim . . . The Himmler Brothers raises more questions than it answers, but that doesn't lessen in the slightest my admiration of Katrin Himmler for having written it. --.
One can only admire the bravery of Katrin Himmler . . . In a way, Katrin Himmler's book is not a story about the past, but one about the present. The most interesting details are the ones she gives of her own quest. --.
Katrin Himmler's book is important: in its meticulous detail, we see the enduring truth of the phrase "the banality of evil". It shows how a family from a cultured Munich background could produce the greatest mass murderer in the history of the world and how its other members willingly followed him on a Faustian pact with evil. --Sunday Telegraph
Heinrich Himmler's great-niece offers a unique account of one woman's attempt to deal with her chilling inheritance --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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When Katrin Himmler started her research she found that Ernst Himmler joined the Nazi Party in 1931, was a member of the SS from 1933 and "had been a convinced Nazi who, in return for a helping hand in his career from his brother Heinrich, the Reichfuhrer SS carried out dubious tasks for him." One such task was his written recommendation that the protection accorded to a Jewish engineer, Major Schmidt, be removed. Ernst did not need to make such a recommendation and, while it was obvious such action could lead to Schmidt's death, his comment, "irrespective of the way such cases will be dealt with later on" suggested support for the Nazis' programmes. The letter destroyed the cautious empathy which she had previously had for her unknown grandfather.Read more ›
Katrin Himmler begins by describing the childhood and youth of the three Himmler brothers, and the home life they had with their parents. They were by any account a fine family, the parents strict, but involved in every aspect of their sons' lives, and the three boys being in turn respectful of their parents and working hard at the various activities around home and school. Their parents were proud, upper middle-class people who sought and found recognition from influential people in Munich society. The family were strong Catholics, and despite this, Katrin Himmler shows us the family's strong feelings of nationalism and ethnicity, and an unquestioning dislike for Slavs and Jews who were seen as "dirty" and primitive peoples. We read of family life in the Weimar Republic, with holidays and games, and a rich involvement with friends and relatives, but also increasing money and employment problems due to the rampant inflation which beleagured the nation during the 1920s.
Heinrich joins the emerging National Socialist movement and due to his great skills of organisation, rises up through the ranks until he achieves the terrifying position of Commander of the SS.Read more ›
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A brilliant copy of this great book bought from betterworldbooksltd.....I strongly recommend this seller, and indeed the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by vanessa hawarden
This is a courageous and probably cathartic account of the Himmler family by the author. It does move slowly and needs concentration to remember who's who as it moves along. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Timms
A fantastic read. Learning the background about the notorious Heinrich Himmler was a eye opener. I love learning about WWII and getting to see how one mans actions effected so many... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gwilson072
Well researched, well written book. Can hardly believe I know Himmler's grand niece, who is a lovely woman.Published 22 months ago by A L Summers
Absolutely fascinating ! , translation could be better but it's ok because it's quite easy to work out . Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2015 by JONJON
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