Heinrich Himmler

Paperback | January 15, 2013

byPeter Longerich

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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, hisname 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 ofhis 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. In this, the first-ever comprehensive biography of the SS-Reichsfuhrer, leading German historian Peter Longerich puts every aspect of Himmler's life under the microscope. Masterfully interweaving the story of Himmler's personal life and political career with the wider history of the Nazidictatorship, Longerich shows how skilfully he exploited and manipulated his disparate roles in the pursuit of his far-reaching and grandiose objectives. In the process, he illuminates the extraordinary degree to which Himmler's own personal prejudices, idiosyncrasies, and predilections made theirmark on the organizations for which he was responsible - especially the SS, which in so many ways bore the characteristic hallmarks of its leader, and whose history remains both incomplete and incomprehensible without a detailed and intimate knowledge of its deeply sinistercommander-in-chief.

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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, hisname has become a byword for the terror, persec...

Peter Longerich is Professor of Modern German History at Royal Holloway University of London and founder of the College's Holocaust Research Centre. He has published widely on the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including Holocaust: The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jews, also published by Oxford University Press, which...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1072 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199651744

ISBN - 13:9780199651740

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Abbreviatons and GlossaryProloguePart I: Himmler's Early Years1. Childhood and Youth2. The Student of Agriculture3. Struggle and Renunciation4. A New Start in Lower Bavaria5. The Party Functionary6. Reichsfuhrer SSPart II: Inside the Third Reich7. The Take-Over of the Political Police8. From Inspector of the Prussian Gestapo to Chief of the German Police9. The State Protection CorpsPart III: The Order10. Ideology and Religious Cult11. Himmler's Leadership Style12. Himmler as Educator13. The SS FamilyPart IV: Into War: Ambition and Disappointment14. War Preparations and Expansion15. War and Settlement in Poland16. A New Racial Order17. Repression in the Reich18. Shifting Borders: The Year 1940Part V: The Greater Germanic Reich: Living Space and Ethnic Murder19. An Ideological War of Annihilation20. From Mass Murder to the 'Final Solution'21. The Murder of the European Jews22. Settlement Policy and Racial Selection23. The 'Iron Law of Ethnicity': Recruitment into the Waffen-SS24. A Europe-wide Reign of TerrorPart VI: Downfall in Stages25. A Turn in the War - A New Opportunity?26. CollapseConclusionEndnotesBibliographyIndex

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