Himmler: Hitler's Henchman (Kindle)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Heinrich Himmler has a strong claim to be Adolf Hitler’s most powerful subordinate. He was certainly the main architect of the Holocaust. Appointed Reichsfuhrer-SS in 1929 he built the SS into a million strong paramilitary force and took control of the Nazi concentration camps system. From 1943 he became Chief of German Police and Minister of the Interior with command of the Gestapo as well as the Einsatzgruppen, who committed appalling atrocities and murder in occupied Eastern Europe and Russia.
Despite his lack of military experience in the closing stages of the War he was appointed by Hitler as Commander of Army Group Vistula. Realising the war was lost, Himmler attempted to open peace talks with the Allies. Learning of this, Hitler dismissed him of all his posts in April 1945. Detained and arrested by British forces, he committed suicide on 22 May 1945.
The wartime career of this cruel and capable man is captured brilliantly with contemporary fully captioned images in this Images of War series work.
Himmler: Hitler's Henchman, by Ian Baxter, is a chilling look at the person who on the outside looks like a bland administrator yet was internally driven to orchestrate cruel and inhuman atrocities.NetGalley, Jack Messer
While the sections that place the photographs in context is interesting, this is first and foremost a collection of photographs. Looked at alongside a history offers the reader a number of startling perspectives. What I mean by that is that I think readers will largely take slightly different thoughts away from this book. For me, it just kept stopping me in my tracks to see such mundane looking men coordinating such an evil organization. I think other readers may well be struck by other aspects.
I want to have this book handy and reread a biography of Himmler, probably Longerich's biography. I think having these newly available photographs will add to what I read. It is so easy to picture evil as a bunch of monsters, but evil can look like the man walking down the street or losing a reelection bid.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Shannon Wadlan
This gives you a detailed account of Himmler whom was one of Hitler’s Henchmen, Tells you all about him what he done when he rose to power of being Hitler’s Henchman and the terrible crimes he committed by putting all those innocent victims to death.. but then goes on to what happened after he fled to the south before he was caught and while being examined he committed suicide with a Cynaide pill so he didn’t have to admit to what he had done and pay the price.. cowardice
I totally recommend if your interested in WW2 non fiction as it was such a interesting read to read about one of Hitler’s henchman!