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The Himmler Brothers

The Himmler Brothers

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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 . It should be read not only by anyone who is interested in the history of the period but also by everyone who doesn't want to see it repeated.

Fischer Verlag and in 2007 in English by Macmillan as The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History. Katrin Himmler's book is important: in its meticulous detail, we see the enduring truth of the phrase "the banality of evil". It took courage and imagination for Katrin to confront the assumptions and half-truths that had taken root in the family . She told an interviewer: "When my husband and I had our son, it became clear I had to break with the family tradition of not speaking about the past. I found her revelations about other members of the Himmler family who were also loyal, card carrying Nazi's to be very interesting as well.This young woman had to endure the embarrassment of being asked such a question in her history class as a 15 year old; she cannot be blamed for what has happened - that's an accident of birth. She decided to investigate and, using documents, letters and interviews, she uncovered the story her family had kept hidden.

Briefe eines Massenmörders“ (Piper) and, at the same time, „Heinrich Himmler d’après sa correspondance avec sa femme 1927-1945“ (Plon). Robert Hawks, however, wrote in The Independent: "Katrin does try to turn some equivocal evidence into revelations of her family's complicity, but her prosecutorial stance gets in the way of empathy. Originally written as self-therapy, the book stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of guilt the Nazis left behind for future generations.

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What was surprising was the intense nationalism and militarism which permeated German culture as well as the intense pride Germans held for their past.Please Note: By their very nature, all signed books will have been handled several times before they get to you. For her this was a turning point: she realised once and for all just how deeply her grandfather and her great-uncle Gebhard were in thrall to their brother's murderous racial policies. About the Author: Katrin Himmler is the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, Gestapo and leading organiser of the Holocaust.

From these cultural imperatives, the journey to those of the National Socialists was quite logical and frighteningly brief. She is the granddaughter of Ernst Himmler (1905–1945), who was the younger brother of Heinrich Himmler, one of the leading figures of Nazi Germany. For reasons she does not quite explain, he wanted to see if they shed light on what his father and uncle got up to while their brother was achieving notoriety. Perhaps it is too easy to say that in their ageing years, they were probably duped quite easily into that way of thinking.

I bought this book having seen the author on a television programme about the family members of the most notorious Nazis. Heinrich Himmler's own legitimate daughter does not seem to be ashamed of her heritage - the two illegimate children born to his mistress are wiped from the family tree so it is possible that they never took their father's name. 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.

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