By Peter Longerich
As head of the SS, leader of police, 'Reichskommissar for the Consolidation of Germanness', and Reich inside Minister, Heinrich Himmler loved a place of virtually remarkable strength and accountability in Nazi Germany. might be greater than the other unmarried Nazi chief other than Hitler, his identify has develop into a byword for the phobia, persecution, and destruction that characterised the 3rd Reich. His wide-ranging powers intended that he bore equivalent accountability for the repression of the German
people at the domestic entrance and the atrocities perpetrated through the SS within the East. but, regardless of his significant position within the crimes of the Nazi regime, in the past Himmler has remained a colourless and elusive determine within the historical past of the period.
In this, the first-ever entire biography of the SS-Reichsführer, prime German historian Peter Longerich places each element of Himmler's lifestyles lower than the microscope. Masterfully interweaving the tale of Himmler's own lifestyles and political occupation with the broader background of the Nazi dictatorship, Longerich exhibits how skilfully he exploited and manipulated his disparate roles within the pursuit of his far-reaching and grandiose goals. within the strategy, he illuminates the extraordinary
degree to which Himmler's personal own prejudices, idiosyncrasies, and predilections made their mark at the firms for which he used to be dependable - specially the SS, which in such a lot of methods bore the attribute hallmarks of its chief, and whose heritage continues to be either incomplete and incomprehensible
without a close and intimate wisdom of its deeply sinister commander-in-chief.