Authors Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, notable biographers of the World War II German leaders Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goring, delve into the life of one of the most sinister, clever, and successful of all the Nazi leaders: Heinrich Himmler. As the head of the feared SS, Himler supervised the extermination of millions. Here is the story of how a seemingly ordinary boy grew into an obsessive and superstitious man who ventured into herbalism, astrology, and homeopathic medicine before finally turning to the "science" of racial purity and the belief in the superiority of the Aryan people.
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Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel collaborated on several projects involving German cinema and the history of Germany’s Third Reich. They are best known for their comprehensive biographies of Nazi leaders.
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Heinrich Himmler: The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and Gestapo based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This book is inspiring only because by reading this book do you only begin to realize the true responsibility everyone should play in not condemning a person due to color, gender, religion, or otherwise. History has shown us the ultimate sacrifice many souls made due to one man's vision for his country, and beliefs. Strangely enough this book also begins to show us that many whom regarded him to be a monster, also actually shows a human side to Himmler and the pain that his decisions inflicted upon him. This however does not excuse an individual for escaping his/her crimes. After reading this book I believe you will walk away more aware of the ultimate responsibility everyone should play towards one another and not be so quick to judge(Persecute/Exterminate).
I purchased on 5/26/2019,read 15pgs then it disappeared from my Nook
A well-documented, pervasive, in-depth look at Heinrich Himmler, the second most feared man in Nazi Germany. After reading this biography, I feel I can now better comprehend how genocide took place in a civilized 20th-century nation. Without condoning his diabolical beliefs, the authors were able to explain Himmler's life and actions by putting together his words as well as testimony of those close to him. I recommend this book to those who are baffled by the rise of Nazi Germany and the atrocities committed there and want answers. You won't find details of the horrific crimes, as it is intended for students of history not gore-seeking readers.
After reading this Heinrich Himmler would not be the first man you would place in the position of power he served. He does not seem dynamic or forceful, but rather timid and naive. He was every bit as devious as every other Nazi in power with a flair to get what he wanted. He was no doubt cunning with the ability to promote himself. Perhaps his rise to power was because he did not seem a threat to anyone. This book covers Himmler's life to his death at his own hand while being held by the British. Even then he thought he position in the Nazi party would save him. Well written and researched I would have liked to see more photos, but failing that the book is a must read for anyone interested in the history or World War II.