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The Himmler Brothers

The Himmler Brothers

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It seems a metaphoric turning of her back on the dark heritage she can never escape from - but she and her partner have agreed that they are determined to make their child understand where he comes from. She has taken part in several documentary films, like ‘Heinrich Himmler – Portrait of a Mass Murderer’ by Michael Kloft, Germany 2008; ‘Love History’ by Klub Zwei (Simone Bader and Jo Schmeiser), Austria 2010; and ‘Hitler’s Children’ by Chanoch Ze’evi, Israel 2011. 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.

It provides detailed descriptions of the way Nazism developed and the part her grandfather and his two elder brothers played in the rise of the Nazis. It is an intriguing insight into a nobody who became totally corrupt with his misguided and evil credo and who never knew when to stop. It is not the authoritative book on Heinrich Himmler but does lend context and perspective on the man. 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).Furthermore, if those who decide the allocations of the real and unreal are cruel, mad or colossally wrong, what then? 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. Her book traces the lives of the three Himmler brothers (the eldest was Gebhard Himmler), the sons of a respected secondary school headmaster in Munich. This riveting family memoir provides essential new information on the private life and background of one of the twentieth- century’s most notorious killers – not a lone evil executioner, but a middle-class family man, loved and fully supported by his respectable German family.

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. But his actions cast a large shadow that the rest of the family were standing in, many of them hiding in there.Gebhard served in the German Army in World War I, but Heinrich, who at 18 was still an officer cadet when the war ended, was too young to see frontline service. 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 great-grandfather was a Headmaster and he and his wife look kindly German people who lived through to the 1930s where they were convinced that Hitler would be good for Germany. I would say this is a must read ,and could be used in schools as part of the curriculum when teaching what intolerance leads to , Fascists whichever colour , pray on ignorance and the ignorant to further their ends ,it should be noted that both the Hitler family and the Himmler family were both Catholic and much of their influences originated from that belief system , it is shown that Heinrich in particular was very pious ,although not necessarily the dominant one in his early life , he very often scolded his brothers for minor insurrections and also had an inferiority complex due to being weak due to illness ,he was also very poor at sport as a result , I think in later life he just wanted to Be Somebody ,and with the ingrained militarism and religious background of the family we all know which path he chose . Despite the opportunity to take her spouse's surname, she chose to keep the name Himmler, rather than deny her heritage. She decided to investigate and, using documents, letters and interviews, she uncovered the story her family had kept hidden.

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 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. It also offers a unique account of one women’s courageous attempt to deal with her chilling inheritance.

Perhaps it is too easy to say that in their ageing years, they were probably duped quite easily into that way of thinking. Fischer Verlag and in 2007 in English by Macmillan as The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History.About the Author: Katrin Himmler is the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, Gestapo and leading organiser of the Holocaust. The shame seems understandable from Katrin Himmler's own father's perspective as he is one of the children born to these brothers.



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