This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Holocaust: Heinrich Himmler Essay

1259 words - 5 pages

The HolocaustHeinrich HimmlerThe Holocaust is generally regarded as the slaughter of not only six million Jews, but also five million others. There were approximately eleven million individuals killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was not just eleven million deaths, but eleven million people whose lives were ended due to racism and hate, all in a period of twelve years. There are many people who were involved in the holocaust. Some were against the holocaust and tried to help the Jews; but even more people were for it. One man who made a big impact on the holocaust, and not for the better, was Heinrich Himmler.In 1923, Himmler took part in Adolf Hitler's "beer-hall putsch". The Nazis had felt the time was right to strike. Hitler and the Nazis devised a plan. They would kidnap the leaders of the Bavarian government and force them to accept Hitler as their leader. They learned there would be a large gathering of businessmen in a Munich beer hall and the guests of honour were to be the Bavarian leaders they wanted to kidnap. They put their plan into action and surrounded the place. They went in and forced the leaders into a separate room until they agreed to follow Hitler. Hitler got news that their attempts to take over military barracks had failed and German soldiers inside the barracks were holding out against Hitler's storm troopers. Hitler decided to go personally to fix this problem. While he was gone the Nazi revolution began to unravel and by the time Hitler returned, unsuccessful, he found everything had fallen apart and their plan had failed.Heinrich Himmler was and still is a man often seen as the very personification of evil. He was not only head of Hitler's SS police but was also in charge of the death camps in the East. The accounts of Himmler's life and his immense impact in the rise and fall of the Nazi state make a terrible and horrifying story. His life is a great inquiry into the nature of evil in the human character. It is true that Adolf Hitler held the greatest responsibility for the gruesome and abysmal events of the holocaust, although it was Heinrich Himmler who basically laid the plans and devised the schemes that led to the killings of six million Jews.Himmler joined the Nazi party in 1925, and in 1929 he was appointed as leader of the SS, an elite guard of Hitler that was under the control at the point by the SA storm troopers. When Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, Himmler became the head of the Munich police. He went on climbing higher in the ranks. He became the assistant chief of the Prussian Gestapo, the "Secret police." In 1934 he defeated the para military SA, which made the SS the foremost organization in Germany. In1936 he got full control of the SS and constructed it into an armed force. In 1943 he then became interior minister.On October 4, 1943, Heinrich Himmler gave a speech to a secret meeting of SS officers in Poland. In this speech, he spoke plainly about the ongoing extermination of the...

Find Another Essay On The Holocaust: Heinrich Himmler

Our Secret by Susan Griffin Essay

1438 words - 6 pages Susan Griffin's "Our Secret" is a study in psychology. It is a look into the human mind to see what makes people do the things they do and in particular what makes people commit acts of violence. She isolates the first half of the twentieth century and in particular the era of the Second World War as a basis for her study. The essay discusses a number of people but they all tie in to Heinrich Himmler. He is the extreme case, he who can

Einsatzgruppen Essay

1122 words - 5 pages places. They forced victims to surrender any valuables and all clothing. The mobile killing squads moved them to the outskirts to shoot or gas them before they were buried in graves dug by the Jewish people. They were brutal, ruthless killers and many were punished after the war. (Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Units)). The Einsatzgruppen was started before World War II began. Hitler appointed Heinrich Himmler to oversee it. In 1929, their manpower

Our Secret by Susan Griffin

1192 words - 5 pages ” writing about Himmler’s childhood. It is through his family’s history and child-rearing practices that she hopes to find answers. When Himmler is just ten years old he is told by his father that “his childhood is over now” (236). Himmler has to take himself seriously now and obey his father’s watchful eye. Everything Heinrich does from that point on is directly meant to influence his future and who he will become. This is a choice the society

Preconceived or Impulse?

2631 words - 11 pages Hitler was the leader of the Nazis and headed the Nazi party to come to power and ultimately kill masses of innocent people. Heinrich Himmler was the leader of the Gestapo, or the secret police of the Nazi party as well as an authority in the SS, Minister of the Interior for two years, and a huge participator in the organization of the mass murder of the Jews (Heinrich Himmler). Reinhard Heydrich was another leader in the Gestapo as well as the

Genocide from the Jews in the Holocaust to the Mayans in Guatemala

1136 words - 5 pages death. The Holocaust was a mass execution of far too many innocent lives. Although Adolf Hitler may have been the mastermind, it is too convenient to blame eleven million lives on one person. The top Schutzstaffel (SS) soldiers, such as Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Eichmann, and Reinhard Heydrich, who proposed the idea for the “Final Solution,” are more to blame for the atrocious actions which occurred in the Holocaust. In the final years of the war

Susan Griffin’s Our Secret and the Film Babel

2214 words - 9 pages death by the thousands, which in turn had a devastating impact on the culture and human capital of an entire race. Many Jews of today can recall stories that their grandparents would tell them pertaining to the horrors that they endured during the Holocaust as a result of Heinrich Himmler’s decision making. The fact that one person—Heinrich Himmler, could be the root of the suffering of so many others is a striking example of how one person can

Holocaust Denial Propaganda

2171 words - 9 pages Jewish annihilation. Holocaust-denial propagandists see this as evidence enough to show the Holocaust is a hoax. The problem is that the propagandist see the genocide as taking place from one singular command. In fact, the Holocaust took place with a gradual increase of many thousands of directives. The actual genocide was implemented and overseen by the highest in power of the Nazi Reich; Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann

US History paper: The Holocaust and Schindler’s List

1250 words - 5 pages people). Personally I can’t sympathize with those who value human life so radically. His decision was very disadvantageous when he could have used his money to flee sort of like Heinrich Himmler did (but successfully seeing he was not as sought after as Himmler and didn’t try to restart the Nazi Party again). The Milgram Experiment shows perfectly how much people really care about those they don’t know and how they act like pawn when told to act

Analysis of "Our Secret" - a Susan Griffin's Essay - English Writing Level 1 - Analytical Essay

1744 words - 7 pages experiences, who wore such masks of fakeness, hiding their real inner selves. Heinrich Himmler and Heinz are some of those characters in the essay of Susan Griffins. They all hided their inner selves. They buried their happiness, satisfaction, and reality deep inside their souls. They all used to mask their secrets. In this essay, the writer often mentioned Heinrich Himmler. He is the extreme case, who can be linked directly to every single death

History of the HOlocaust

1013 words - 4 pages , why was he not a part of the planning of the Holocaust. He left the planning up to Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler. It was these men among others who orchestrated and carried out the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust. Hitler is known only to have given a vague order to the effect of finding a solution to the Jewish "problem." Also, Botwinick states that the extermination of the Jewish people by Hitler and the Nazi's did not

Bergen-Belsen

1225 words - 5 pages helped the Jews to put the box on the train, the concentration camp prisoners lay in the sun, the few people of Nazi Holocaust survivors had this experience. Because some of them were Jews, and they held the passports of Honduras, Paraguay certificates or Palestinian entry permit. Heinrich Himmler, ss leaders plan to use these in return for foreign German Jews, and exchange foreign currency. During the second world war, there were 2332 people in

Similar Essays

The Beliefs And Life Of Heinrich Himmler

648 words - 3 pages -The vast power of Nazi Germany had spread across Europe, across Africa, and east Russia. There had never been such a large ruling empire since the Roman times, by one ruler and his companions. Hitler was in charge of it all, with his fellow rulers at his side; Hermann Göring, Dr Joseph Geobbels, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Heinrich Himmler. Quoting from a long standing ruler of the Nazi party, Emil Klein; ‘We felt like we ruled the world

The Lebensborn Program Headed By Heinrich Himmler

1275 words - 5 pages out to be the foolishness of a ruling dictator and his party. There is a misunderstanding when it comes to the Lebensborn program and what it was. Many people think of the program that it wasn’t just about killing Jews it was to eradicate the genetic ability to come forward and those that were going to breed to do it well. There must be more insight to “The Lebensborn Program:” Heinrich Himmler was head of the SS. He was a secretive man who was

The Second Most Powerful Man In Germany

2304 words - 10 pages Greed, covetousness, avarice, cupidity; these are what killed Heinrich Himmler, the second most powerful man in Germany to Adolf Hitler during World War II. As the second most feared man in the Nazi regime, (Smith) he could not handle just being the second most; he had to be the most powerful. Himmler was in charge of the SS, SA, SD, Gestapo, and eventually provisional president of the police of Munich. The Holocaust began in Germany in the

Brief Biography Of Heimlich Himmler, A Nazi Leader

724 words - 3 pages cyanide capsule in his mouth and was dead in a few minutes. Works Cited "Heinrich Himmler." Heinrich Himmler. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. "Heinrich Himmler." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Feb. 2014. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. "The Holocaust." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Feb. 2014. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. Longerich, Peter. Heimlich Himmler : A Life. N.p.: Oxford UP, n.d. Print. Stuttman, H. S. World War II Encyclopedia. N.p.: Stuttman, 1978. Print. The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. "Who Is Heimlich Himmler." Holocaust-history.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.