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The Himmler Brothers

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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. 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. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. 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. Despite the opportunity to take her spouse's surname, she chose to keep the name Himmler, rather than deny her heritage.

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 . 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. Her grandfather had joined the Nazi Party in November 1931, well before Heinrich became eminent enough to inspire or bully his brothers into signing on. It is written by the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler who suspected that her grandfather, Ernst, Heinrich’s younger brother, was not as innocent as the family would have liked to think. Although most of us do not have war criminals in our family tree we all have one or two relatives that we neither wish to brag about or discuss.She is the author of Die Brüder Himmler: Eine deutsche Familiengeschichte, published in English as The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History. Furthermore, if those who decide the allocations of the real and unreal are cruel, mad or colossally wrong, what then? Robert Hawks, however, wrote in The Independent: "Katrin does try to turn some equivocal evidence into revelations of her family's complicity, but her prosecutorial stance gets in the way of empathy. 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. Katrin Himmler's book is important: in its meticulous detail, we see the enduring truth of the phrase "the banality of evil".

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. 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. Impelled by a request from her father, Ms Himmler began her journey believing her family's narrative. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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.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 and a more nuanced portrait of Heinrich himself emerges - not a lone evil executioner, but a middle-class family man, loved and fully supported by his respectable German family. I commend her for moving forward and telling the back story to Himmler that no one other then a relative could possibly tell.

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