The Himmler Brothers
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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.
Heinrich grew up to become the head of Hitler's SS, mastermind of the concentration camp system and chief perpetrator of the Holocaust. I think Katrin Himmler has been very brave to tackle this subject , imagine having had Heinrich in YOUR family ? Himmler is one of the protagonists of the television documentary Hitler's Children (in German: "Meine Familie, die Nazis und Ich")  of the Israeli director Chanoch Zeevi about descendants of the Nazi elite, amongst them Rainer Höss. Having seen Germany prosper and then disintegrate during the years between the wars, they would have felt Hitler had help make Germany strong again. He brought his brothers and family down with him and the book shows how self delusion can mask the most horrible of crimes against humanity.This may result in small marks to the dustjacket and title page, please also bear in mind that each signature will be a little different from the one we show here. Perhaps it is too easy to say that in their ageing years, they were probably duped quite easily into that way of thinking.
Despite her family being told her grandfather Ernst had had no interest in politics, Katrin discovered that he was an enthusiastic Nazi who had joined the party in 1931, and was also an officer in the Schutzstaffel (SS). 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. When Katrin Himmler, Heinrich's great-niece, was fifteen, one of her school mates asked during a history lesson if she was related to the Himmler. Impelled by a request from her father, Ms Himmler began her journey believing her family's narrative. Fischer Verlag and in 2007 in English by Macmillan as The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History.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.
This is a very well-written and profoundly honest story of the family of a monster - but an ordinary man who lived in extraordinary times. She interweaves each brother's story of their journey as a soldier during World War I through to their involvement in the Nazi Party and their work during the war. Furthermore, if those who decide the allocations of the real and unreal are cruel, mad or colossally wrong, what then? I wanted to give my son as much information as possible, so that when he starts asking questions about my family, at least I can answer him.
While a portrait of a specific family, it shows how inculcated cultural beliefs along with the aftermath of WW1 which humiliated German pride and the political turmoil between democracy, communism, and the extreme right, provided fertile soil for the nightmare of the Nazi platform. Originally written as self-therapy, the book stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of guilt the Nazis left behind for future generations. 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.
This edition of private Himmler documents found in Israel was made in close cooperation with the filmmaker Vanessa Lapa. 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. I commend her for moving forward and telling the back story to Himmler that no one other then a relative could possibly tell. 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.Her book “Die Brüder Himmler” was published in 2005 and translated into English in 2007, ‘The Himmler Brothers’ (Pan Macmillan), it has been translated into more than ten languages. Her most disturbing discovery was that her grandfather had directly caused the deportation and death of a Jewish engineer, a Major Schmidt, deputy manager of an engineering firm, who had been protected because of his expertise. From these cultural imperatives, the journey to those of the National Socialists was quite logical and frighteningly brief.