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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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A portrait of the head of Hitler's SS police and Gestapo draws on diaries, letters, and speeches to describe Himmler's life, the evolution of his beliefs, his role in Nazi Germany, and his impact on the rise and fall of the Third Reich

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