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Padfield, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0805014764 / ISBN 13: 9780805014761
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New York, 1991, Holt, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG.VG condition, xiv, 656 pages, illustrations, notes, bibliog, index. I n a small museum in Munich there is a photograph of what might be taken for a benevolent, myopic clerk, were it not. for a peaked cap bearing the death's head insignia of the SS. It is Heinrich Himmler. In this darkly enthralling study of the life and mind of Hitler's SS and police chief, Peter Padfield shows how this unlikely figure turned into a mass murderer.Padfield argues that Himmler's tortured and sexually perverted nature arose partly from his perception that he lacked the "Aryan" appearance and martial virtues held up as ideals to Germans. Feeling himself to be outside the inner circle of power and privilege, he drove himself to become harder and more ruthless. Padfield demonstrates that Himmler, like Hitler, was a politician of guile, using alliances rather than force to outmaneuver his rivals at the fuhrer's court and building a huge personal empire. Toward the end of the war, Himmler was not only SS police and gestapo chief but was in charge of the death camps in the east; head of the intelligence services; war minister in all but name; chief of the Home Army and Armaments; in charge of the resettlement of Eastern Europe with "Aryans" and experiments to build an "Aryan" master race; as well as head of vast industrial undertakings worked by slave labor. He was the one man in Nazi Germany who was in a position to topple Hitler when it became clear the Reich was heading for disaster. Padfield probes whether Himmler did more than just toy with such an idea, and examines his motives. N° de ref. de la librería 34144

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Culling details from diaries, letters, and speeches captured from German archives, Padfield uses Heinrich Himmler's own words and observations to probe the life of the strangely ordinary man who became Hitler's most powerful lieutenant and one of history's most ruthless executioners. "A horrifying narrative."--Publishers Weekly.

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Impeccably documented, compulsively readable, this is the first full-length biography of the most powerful and coldblooded of Hitler's lieutenants. Before his suicide in 1945 Himmler had ruled the SS and Gestapo, directed the death camps in Poland, headed German intelligence services, and run the slave-labor system in the Reich. He also was responsible for pseudo-medical experiments in the death camps. Delving into the family background and upbringing of this terrible yet strangely ordinary man, Padfield analyzes the master-race theories that inspired Himmler and comes impressively close to explaining how a priggish, idealistic Bavarian boy turned into history's most ruthless slaughterer. Buttressed with excerpts from diaries, letters and speeches, the author examines each phase of Himmler's life in detail. Padfield describes, for instance, how Himmler expanded Hitler's personal bodyguard (the original SS) into an all-embracing empire within the Nazi state used to terrorize party hierarchy as well as occupied Europe. The book sheds light on Himmler's 11th-hour attempt to make a separate peace with the Allies, and on the details of his final hours. A powerful and horrifying narrative by the author of Donitz: The Last Fuhrer. Photos. Military Book Club selection.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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