In this revealing biography, Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel examine the life of Heinrich Himmler, tracing the evolution of an ordinary boy into a man who would supervise the extermination of millions. The authors paint a portrait of a man whose insecurities magnified his obsessions and paranoia, leading him to orchestrate one of the worst atrocities in history. Multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner Joe Barrett's somber tone is leavened by his vocal clarity, creating a smooth narrative flow that allows listeners to appreciate the meticulously-researched details of Himmler's life.
Authors Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, notable biographers of the World War II German leaders Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goring, delve into the life of one of the most sinister, clever, and successful of all the Nazi leaders: Heinrich Himmler. As the head of the feared SS, Himler supervised the extermination of millions. Here is the story of how a seemingly ordinary boy grew into an obsessive and superstitious man who ventured into herbalism, astrology, and homeopathic medicine before finally turning to the “science” of racial purity and the belief in the superiority of the Aryan people.
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This audiobook deals with the life of Heinrich Himmler. It is not a history of the SS, You learn
how Himmler was a sickly man throughout his entire life and his battles with his own high standards he set for himself. His stomach ailments were crippling.
This book is also a story of intrigue, one which pits Himmler against Hermann Goering and Reinhard Heyrich. His battles for sphere of influence made him the most feared man in Germany ( second to Hitler )
Lots of intrigue in this book
Having a minor in history and heavily in WW2 I have read quite a few books and articles on the SS. This book brought out some perspectives that I had not heard yet. I will check out some of the other books out there that folks are recommending.
Joe Barrett does a great job with the narration.
Much like Eichmann in Jerusalem, this work points out the banality of unbelievable crimes when perpetrated by a faceless bureaucrat behind a desk. This book shows Himmler beyond the almost mythical shield of evil that has grown up around him. The question which begs an answer: How could anyone place any faith in such a non-entity and zero of a personality? Himmler was a Desk Criminal, who would have been unable to stand at the edge of a pit and see the outcome of his own orders, who in the end proved himself a coward by taking the suicidal way out of having to answer for his crimes.
The author promised to present the story without being judgmental and succeeded. We are left to the inevitable conclusion by the facts themselves.
The strange thing about him where was that he was unaware of his own evil, because he made excuses for himself constantly. There's a lesson there for all of us.
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