Heinrich Himmler, The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and GESTAPO

A detailed review of the life of Heinrich Himmler and an analysis of the horrors he encouraged and oversaw. This new book looks closely at one of the most notorious individuals of recent history – Very Highly Recommended.





NAME: Heinrich Himmler, The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and 
FILE: R2667
AUTHOR: Heinrich Fraenkel, Roger Manwell
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline books
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  285
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, SS, 
GESTAPO, SS-SDP, NSDP. Nazi, mystic, superstition, genocide, Germany, 
Hitler, revolution, despot, internal security, Waffen-SS

ISBN: 1-52671-339-X

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DESCRIPTION: A detailed review of the life of Heinrich Himmler and 
an analysis of the horrors he encouraged and oversaw. This new book 
looks closely at one of the most notorious individuals of recent 
history – Very Highly Recommended.

Since 1945 there has been a continuing flood of books attempting to 
identify the warnings from history provided by the rise and fall of 
Nazi Germany and evaluating the main players in the Nazi court. This 
is one of the best and comes from two authors who have already 
collaborated successfully on several projects in this area.

What most historians chose to ignore is the fact that unified 
Germany has been the kiss of death for Europe four times. The 
Franco-Prussian War was the point where German political ambitions 
brought war to Europe. The First and Second World Wars brought 
terrible carnage, and the re-unification of Germany after the defeat 
of the Soviets has again brought carnage and division to Europe as 
it has taken over the European Union and subverted it for German 
advantage. In none of these major upheavals has the flavour of 
German politics made any difference to the thrust of political 
ambition and a belief in a German master race that is destined to 
rule the subordinate races of Europe. The real differences during 
the Third Reich are that it exposed the underlying dark nature of 
political Germany in the form of the genocide program. Himmler has 
been described variously as the devil incarnate, a mentally 
disturbed psychopath, an evil man. That is as much an attempt to 
explain away the horrors of Nazi Germany. In reality there were many 
Germans who would have slid into his power slot and behaved in much 
the same way, given a chance. One of the most intriguing and 
horrifying aspects of Nazi Germany was that many SS officers held 
multiple degrees and doctorates and even included professors, many 
having study law at university. Very similar individuals occupy 
positions of power in 21st Century Germany.

It may be that this terror is a natural component of socialism in 
making the citizen subordinate to the State and then dehumanizing 
the citizen to a number, while removing accountability from the 
people who make up the ruling elite. It that environment in Soviet 
Russia, Nazi Germany and other socialist States, terrible abuses 
have resulted and even in some of the most tolerant nations, such 
as Great Britain, socialism has spread through 'public services' 
and introduced a spectrum of criminality, demonstrating that, when 
accountability is relaxed, many people are capable of becoming 

It is very natural that we should consider how the Nazis came into 
being, obtained power in a major industrial nation, which had 
produced many outstanding examples of cultural leadership and art. 
There is a fascination of how seemingly ordinary people came to 
perpetrate vile acts on an industrial scale never before seen in 
history. What it overlooks is that everyone is potentially capable 
of great good and terrible bad, given a series of conditions that 
allow and encourage the bad to overtake the good. Fortunately few 
have the opportunity to indulge their bad side on anything like the 
scale perpetrated by Nazi Germany.

Himmler came from a very ordinary background. His family all 
appeared to be typical Germans of their region, social group and 
education. There is not much in Himmler's childhood to suggest any 
reason for him to become distinguished in any way later in life. 
Sickness did bring an unexpected change in life, stopping him from 
learning how to become a successful chicken farmer. It created a 
physical weakness that prevented him of joining the military 
reserves, but he did go on to study agriculture at University. 
Then he became involved in the NSDP and his strong ambitions came 
to the fore and propelled him up the ranks of a growing and dark 
political Party that was virulently anti-Semitic, held a deep 
hatred for Communists and Social Democrats and where its leader 
Hitler was happy to foster and atmosphere of conflict within its 
ranks in the belief that it would bring the strongest to the top. 
However, anti-Semitism was deeply engrained in German society and 
also widespread across Europe. Equally deeply engrained was a belief 
that Germans were some how a master race that would conquer the 
world. Had Britain fallen in 1940, the Soviet Union would have 
fallen in 1942 and the US and Canada would have fallen in the late 
1940s. The same beliefs are today dominant in the European Union 
which is an entirely political project that sees itself dominating 
the world. It is based on much of Nazi Germany.

Himmler appears to have had a hunger for approval and belonging that 
was a very unfortunate combination in the poisonous atmosphere of 
the NSDP.

He quickly formed a deep hatred of Sepp Dietrich, who headed 
Hitler's close protection squad. As a result he spent much effort 
in trying to discredit Dietrich in Hitler's estimation with the 
objective of persuading Hitler to sack Dietrich. It is not entirely 
clear whether this hatred was of Dietrich personally or because he 
presented a perceived potential barrier for Himmler's take over of 
the SS and expansion at the expense of the SA, leading to ambitions 
to replace the Wehrmacht with the SS.

All of these interests and ambitions culminated with the mass 
genocide of Jews and others who the Nazis hated. Himmler was the 
key part of this appalling program, instigating the development 
and selecting subordinates to carry out the work. After all of the 
terror inflicted by Himmler and his henchmen, he still thought he 
could negotiate with the Allies and save his skin, failing to 
understand how he was perceived outside Germany.

The authors have provided many fresh insights into the life of 
Himmler, his interactions with his family and friends and the 
obsessive and superstitious nature of the man himself.

This is an absorbing book. There will be inevitably those who 
disagree with some parts of the work but that is due to the wide 
and often strongly held conflicting views of the subject. This is a 
most compelling biography.