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Heydrich (Paperback)

The Face of Evil

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By Mario R Dederichs
Greenhill Books
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 8 pages of plates
ISBN: 9781784388935
Published: 1st June 2023



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"A chilling study of the man who masterminded the Holocaust… Heydrich was inhumanely cruel, ruthless, devious, shameless, a sixteen hour a day workaholic who was feared and loathed even by his closest colleagues.' — The Daily Telegraph

‘An impressive mix of psychological analysis, biography and historical reporting . . . Dederichs descends into Heydrich's personal abyss and describes it in a captivating and intelligible manner while not rejecting the scientific approach.’ – Die Rheinische

Adolph Hitler praised Heydrich as 'the man with the iron heart'. He admired Heydrich so much that, despite rumours about Jewish ancestry, he considered him a potential successor.

Reinhard Heydrich was undeniably one of the Führer's most enthusiastic, brutal and ambitious henchmen and one of the key architects of the Third Reich's horrific genocide. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Nazi party and became one of the key architects of the Third Reich's horrific genocide. Indeed, after his 1942 assassination, the murder of more than 2 million people at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblina was code-named 'Action Reinhard'.

In this critically-acclaimed biography, which includes interviews with some of his surviving family, Mario Dederichs creates a complete and compelling portrait of Heydrich's life. Dederichs details his short-lived naval career, to his work under the SS chief Himmler, his appointment as Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, and his assassination by Czech agents and the terrible reprisals exacted on the town of Lidice.

More notoriously, Reinhard Heydrich chaired the 1942 Wannsee Conference which formalised plans for the ‘Final Solution’. Heydrich was man put in charge of the 'Final Solution': the extermination of the jews.

Heydrich: The Face of Evil is a brilliant, important portrait of pure evil.

In 1922 he joined the Germany Navy at the age of 18, but soon after being cashiered in 1930 after an indiscreet liaison, he became a member of the SS. Here, he rose so rapidly that in 1939 he was entrusted by Hitler with the task of creating the bogus incident on the Polish border, this was to lead to the start of the Second World War.

He established his fearsome reputation in the 1930s, as head of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), the intelligence organisation which neutralised opposition to the Nazi Party by murder and deportation. He organised Kristalnacht and played a leading role in the Holocaust, chairing the 1942 Wannsee Conference which formalised plans for the ‘Final Solution’. In addition, as head of the Einsatzgruppen murder squads in Eastern Europe he was responsible for countless murders.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Amazing book on one of the most coldblooded figures within Nazi Regime: Reinhard Heydrich. As the chef of SD, The Secret Police and the Gestapo he was responsible for the death of thousands of Jews. The book is well-written and well-researched. The must-read for all interested in the history of WW2.

NetGalley, Meg Gajda

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I was so excited to receive this book for review and could not put it down once I started. It is a comprehensive, no holds barred analysis of one of the most influential members of the Nazi party. Heydrich’ s cruelty and crimes are well known but this book brings new depth to the subject. Well researched and written, this is a must-have addition to the library of any WWII history buff. By creating books such as this, authors help ensure the Holocaust is not forgotten and perhaps humanity can learn from its history.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

About Mario R Dederichs

Born in Brühl near Cologne in 1949, Mario Dederichs was an award-winning author, photographer and journalist. From 1976 to 2003 we worked as a journalist at Stern magazine, and during this period he worked in Bonn,  Hamburg,  Moscow and Washington D.C.

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