Nazi mass murderer Himmler’s diaries discovered

This 2011 video is called Hitler‘s Henchmen – The Executioner – Heinrich Himmler.

From the BBC:

Himmler diaries found in Russia reveal daily Nazi horrors

9 hours ago

Chilling details have emerged about the daily life of Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi SS chief who sent millions of Jews to their deaths in the Holocaust.

The German tabloid Bild is serialising excerpts from Himmler’s wartime diaries, recently discovered in Russia.

One day, Himmler wrote, he had a massage before ordering the execution of 10 Poles. And he says he enjoyed a snack at Buchenwald concentration camp.

He also told the SS to train dogs that could “rip people apart” at Auschwitz.

Historians will publish the diaries in a book next year, with background notes.

Himmler was in Adolf Hitler’s elite circle, and had the official title “Reichsfuehrer SS“. He commanded the death squads who murdered Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners-of-war, Roma and others categorised as “racially inferior”.

The diaries are being studied by the German Historical Institute Moscow. They cover the years 1938, 1943 and 1944 and were found at a Russian defence ministry archive in Podolsk, a town just south of Moscow.

Historians had earlier examined Himmler’s diaries from the years 1941, 1942 and 1945 – but they were unaware of the missing ones until recently.

The find is seen as highly significant and has been compared with the diaries of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

German researcher Matthias Uhl said he was struck by Himmler’s enormous concern for his elite SS, family and friends – while meticulously implementing mass murder.

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    Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz became Head of State after Hitler's suicide on 30th April 1945. Heinrich Himmler received a written dismissal from Dönitz removing him as Commander-in-Chief of the German Reserve Army, Chief of Police, and Reichsführer-SS. Himmler went into hiding with some colleagues. They removed all insignia from their uniforms and used false documents, claiming to be released NCOs of the Geheime Feldpolizei (Secret Field Police). Himmler became Sgt Heinrich Hizinger. The group were unaware that this organisation had been put on the Allied Wanted List under the Immediate Arrest category. Himmler and his two aides were captured on May 20th and handed over to a British Field Security Section checkpoint. Intelligence Corps Sgts Britton, Baisbrown, and SSgt John Hogg realised that they were in the automatic arrest category so sent them to an Internment Camp at Barnstedt. That night Himmler met with the Camp Commandant and revealed his identity. No poison was found so Colonel Murphy, Chief of Intelligence at HQ 2nd British Army, arranged for a medical search by Captain Wells, Royal Army Medical Corps. Wells discovered something hidden in Himmler’s mouth but when he tried to get it out, Himmler crunched the cyanide capsule and committed suicide. Himmler’s fake pass and braces, worn when captured, were recently donated to the museum by the great-niece of Intelligence Corps Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Noakes. Himmler Photograph- © IWM (HU 7315) @intelligencecorps #history #otd #intelligence #capture #wwii #ww2 #braces #pass #medical #medicalcorps #camp #commandant #donate

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