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The Himmler Brothers

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The Himmler Brothers raises more questions than it answers, but that doesn't lessen in the slightest my admiration of Katrin Himmler for having written it.

Despite the opportunity to take her spouse's surname, she chose to keep the name Himmler, rather than deny her heritage. Katrin Himmler’s cool but meticulous examination of the Himmler story reveals – in all its dark complexity – the gulf between the ‘normality’ of bourgeois family life and the horrors perpetrated by one member. You are the grandniece of Heinrich Himmler, the second most powerful Nazi and one of the biggest war criminals ever. For reasons she does not quite explain, he wanted to see if they shed light on what his father and uncle got up to while their brother was achieving notoriety. It is not the authoritative book on Heinrich Himmler but does lend context and perspective on the man.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. Katrin Himmler speculates that it was frustration at this and envy of his brother that led Heinrich to join the extreme right-wing Freikorps in 1919. It took courage and imagination for Katrin to confront the assumptions and half-truths that had taken root in the family . Perhaps it is too easy to say that in their ageing years, they were probably duped quite easily into that way of thinking. 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.

Fischer Verlag and in 2007 in English by Macmillan as The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History. She told an interviewer: "When my husband and I had our son, it became clear I had to break with the family tradition of not speaking about the past. 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. As she grew older, Katrin gave her family history a wide berth, but married to an Israeli whose family was confined to the Warsaw Ghetto and with a young, half-Jewish son, she realizes that she cannot evade the past so easily.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. 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.

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.The shame seems understandable from Katrin Himmler's own father's perspective as he is one of the children born to these brothers. 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 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. Himmler is one of the protagonists of the television documentary Hitler's Children (in German: "Meine Familie, die Nazis und Ich") [4] of the Israeli director Chanoch Zeevi about descendants of the Nazi elite, amongst them Rainer Höss. 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 . She is the author of Die Brüder Himmler: Eine deutsche Familiengeschichte, published in English as The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History. 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.In the end, The Himmler Brothers raises more questions about its subject than it is capable of answering, but that doesn't lessen in the slightest my admiration of Katrin Himmler for having written it. It also offers a unique account of one women’s courageous attempt to deal with her chilling inheritance. I bought this book having seen the author on a television programme about the family members of the most notorious Nazis. Briefe eines Massenmörders“ (Piper) and, at the same time, „Heinrich Himmler d’après sa correspondance avec sa femme 1927-1945“ (Plon). Furthermore, if those who decide the allocations of the real and unreal are cruel, mad or colossally wrong, what then?



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