Heimlich Himmler was one of the main responsible persons for the holocaust. He was born in Munich on October 7, 1900 to a Roman Catholic middle-class family. His father was a teacher and his mother was a devout Roman Catholic. He had two brothers, Gebhard and Ernst. Heimlich was a good student, but struggled in athletics. He had poor health with lifelong stomach complaints as a child.
In 1915, Himmler began training with the Landshut Cadet Corps. He was accepted as an officer candidate due to his father’s connections with the royal family. He was eventually promoted to lieutenant. While he was still in training in November 1918, World War I ended with German’s defeat. He was never able to become an officer or see combat. He returned to Landshut. Himmler completed his grammar-school education after the war.
Discrimination against non-Christians had been somewhat eliminated in 1871, but anti-Semitism continued to exist in Germany and other parts of Europe. Himmler was anti-Semitic by the time he went to Technical University Munich, where he avoided his Jewish classmates. He was a devoted Catholic while a student there. He continued to pursue a military career during his second year at the university. He wasn’t successful; however he did get involved in the paramilitary group in Munich. He then met Ernst Rohm, an early member of the Nazi party. Himmler admired him because he was a decorated combat soldier. In 1922, he joined Rohm’s anti-Semitic nationalist group, known as the Reichskriegsflagge.
He joined the Nazi party in 1923 and quickly developed a reputation for thoroughness and efficiency. From 1925 to 1930 he was a propaganda leader for the Nazis in Bavaria, Swabia and the Palatinate. In 1929, Himmler was selected by Hitler to build up a group that was to become Hitler’s bodyguard – the SS. This group numbered 200 men at first.
Himmler was elected to the Reichstag as Nazi deputy for Weser-Ems in 1930. He continued to expand the SS so that by 1933, it had 52,000 men in it. He became very interested in the occult and...