The Himmler Brothers

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Pan Macmillan UK, Jul 3, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages

Once upon a time the Himmlers were just a normal German family. There were three brothers - Gebhart, Heinrich and Ernst. Heinrich grew up to become the head of Hitler's SS, mastermind of the concentration camp system and chief perpetrator of the Holocaust.

When Katrin Himmler, Heinrich's great-niece, was 15, one of her school mates asked during a history lesson if she was related to the Himmler. "Yes", she stammered, at which there was a deathly hush in the classroom. As she grew older, Katrin gave her family history a wide berth, but with an Israeli husband and a half-Jewish son, she realises that she cannot evade the past so easily.

Katrin Himmler's cool but meticulous examination of the Himmler story reveals the gulf between the "normality" of bourgeois family life and the horrors perpetrated by one member.

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Interesting biography of the infamous Himmler family. Katrin Himmler is the great niece of one of WWII most notorious men: Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and chief perpetrator of the Holocaust. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - JNSelko - LibraryThing

Even after all this time and all these years, it still burns me that 99%+ of convinced and unrepentant Nazis got off scot free. The brother who survived the war should have spent the rest of his miserable life in prison. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Katrin Himmler is the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, Gestapo and leading organiser of the Holocaust. She was born in 1967 and lives in Berlin with her son.

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