Released on 03 NOV 2011
Peter Longerich has spent 10 years researching hundreds of archives; examining original and personal documents; private papers and family diaries and photograph collections -worldwide in Berlin, Munich, USA, Freiburg, and London. This includes over 4,000 files from the personal staff Reichsführer -SS files in Berlin.
Peter Longerich is Professor of Modern German History and Director of the research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on the subject, in English and German. He contributed his expert opinion in the notorious David Irving v. Penguin/Lipstadt trial.
The author states -
‘It is extremely unlikely that further material of Himmler’s will come to light that provides significant insights into his political actions’.
The first-ever comprehensive biography of Heinrich Himmler, SS-Reichsführer, Nazi Interior Minister, and Chief of Police, whose name has become a byword for the terror, persecution, and destruction that characterized the Third Reich.
As head of the SS, chief of police, 'Reichskommissar for the Consolidation of Germanness', and Reich Interior Minister, Heinrich Himmler enjoyed a position of almost unparalleled power and responsibility in Nazi Germany.
Perhaps more than any other single Nazi leader aside from Hitler, his name has become a byword for the terror, persecution, and destruction that characterized the Third Reich. His wide-ranging powers meant that he bore equal responsibility for the repression of the German people on the home front and the atrocities perpetrated by the SS in the East. Yet, in spite of his central role in the crimes of the Nazi regime, until now Himmler has remained a colourless and elusive figure in the history of the period.
9780199592326 | £25 | 27 October 2011
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