Hitler's Henchmen

Season 1 Episode 2

The Executioner: Heinrich Himmler

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The Executioner: Heinrich Himmler
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Largely due to the SS which he led, Himmler, the unsuspecting killer, was the most powerful of all of Hitler's helpers. He was also the cruelest. His brave new world consisted of concentration and death camps, Secret Service and Gestapo. No one was more responsible for the Holocaust than Himmler. Heinrich Himmler's talent was deception. He knew how to take advantage of the fact that the rest of Hitler's men had overlooked him for so long. No one - but Himmler - ever suspected that he would become the Third Reich's second most powerful figure. A totally different career had been planned for this son of a deeply religious catholic family. Heinrich's father was the tutor of Prince Heinrich of Bavaria and it was from him, his godfather, that he got his name. He was the typical schoolmaster of his day: strict, pedantic, very German, but also a man of virtues and most definitely not anti-Semitic. Following the First World War, young Himmler's world fell apart. This twisted soul found in Hitler the leader that he had been searching for. Unwavering loyalty to him became Himmler's highest aim. He ordered new SS members to swear the same loyalty at their inauguration. Ironically Himmler betrayed this loyalty, just as his SS betrayed an entire nation. The ever friendly Himmler was merciless with anyone whom he considered to be his opponent or enemy. Indifference became a virtue. Disregard for human life became a strength. Gestapo, concentration camps, experiments on humans, mass murder and the Holocaust - all these transgressions are indelibly connected with his name. With the assistance of recently discovered archive materials and original recordings, as well as exclusive eyewitness reports, the viewer is able to piece together the true identity of a Judas who was perhaps Hitler's most willing disciple, and definitely his most depraved.moreless
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