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A Unique Face of Evil

Posted on Jan 27, 2012

By Jonathan Yardley

“Heinrich Himmler”
A book by Peter Longerich

This biography of one of the most evil creatures ever to walk the earth is thoughtful and perceptive, stupendously long and almost unimaginably exhausting. The first names that come to mind when the subject of 20th-century evil arises are those of the ungodly trio—Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung—but surely that of Heinrich Himmler belongs among them. Utterly devoid of courage, decency or genuine human feeling, he caused through his manipulation of the Nazi police bureaucracy the deaths of uncountable millions of people, almost all of them innocents, and when it was all over he died a craven death.

Himself a native German, born in 1955, Peter Longerich is a professor of modern German history at Royal Holloway University of London and a leading scholar of the Holocaust. That he spent as many years with Himmler as were necessary to the research and writing of this massive book suggests that he is a man with a strong stomach. Indeed there are many times in his “Heinrich Himmler” when the reader needs one as well, for the record of Himmler’s depredations is long, violent and bloody, and Longerich does not shrink from setting forth the details, as indeed he should not if he is to give us the full measure of the man.


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Heinrich Himmler: A Life


By Peter Longerich


Oxford University Press, 1072 pages


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At the outset Longerich asks: “How could such a banal personality attain such a historically unique position of power? How could the son of a prosperous Bavarian Catholic public servant become the organizer of a system of mass murder spanning the whole of Europe?” To address these questions, neither of which can be answered conclusively, Longerich has gone “beyond the established pattern of political biography and (taken) into account quite literally the whole of Himmler’s life in its separate stages and its various spheres of activity.” He argues that the crimes committed by the German police state in its various manifestations—among them the SS, its intelligence operation the SD and its military arm the Waffen-SS—were all Himmler’s crimes, because “he to all intents and purposes united in his own person all the instruments of violence belonging to the Nazi state.”

Thus this book is less a biography as the term is commonly understood than a history of the organizations that Himmler created in order to terrorize the citizens of his own country, the Jews of Europe, and Europe itself. “Himmler was the complete opposite of a faceless functionary or bureaucrat, interchangeable with any other,” Longerich writes. “The position he built up over the years can instead be described as an extreme example of the almost total personalization of political power.” Therefore it is necessary, Longerich convincingly argues, not merely to portray Himmler the man but also the institutions he created in his own image.

Himmler was born in 1900 into a respectable and almost entirely conventional Munich family. His father was a schoolteacher, his mother a homemaker. He was “the middle son, trapped between the model of the superior big brother and the solicitous care focused on” the youngest brother. He “had a sickly constitution, he was frequently unwell, and his whole appearance was delicate.” From an early age he was fascinated by “everything connected with war and the military,” and like countless other German boys of his generation he was deeply embittered by the peace imposed on his country in the Treaty of Versailles. He was in military uniform at the end of World War I but never saw action, which left him permanently resentful even though there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that he would have been a competent military officer, much less a brilliant or brave one.

To see long excerpts from “Heinrich Himmler” at Google Books, click here.

“Nothing in Himmler’s childhood and youth,” Longerich writes, “would suggest that someone with clearly abnormal characteristics was growing up there.” He became obsessed early on, though, with “the soldierly world,” with its precepts of “sobriety, distance, severity, objectivity, but also order and regulations,” and its relegation of women to subordinate and supporting roles. “It was only much later,” Longerich says, “that he discerned ‘homosexual dangers’ in this way of life, with its protective cocoon of male solidarity and its self-imposed celibacy, and this was a disturbing insight that strengthened his latent homophobia.”

True enough, but Longerich does not explore the possibility that Himmler’s homophobia may well have been an outward defense against inner fears of his own homosexuality. From Hitler on down this was a pattern among the males of Nazi Germany. Himmler’s complex, ambiguous relationships with and feelings about women—he had a passionless marriage and, much later, an affair with his private secretary about which little is known except that “the couple cannot have seen much of each other, and they cannot possibly have lived together”—suggest that his sexual self-confidence was shaky and his true sexual identity uncertain. The possibility that the extreme violence he actively promoted in the organizations under his command was an expression of inner rage cannot, it seems to me, be discounted.


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By drbhelthi, January 30, 2012 at 3:55 am Link to this comment

“I have seen Hispanic women talked into hysterectomies (by typical profile male
doctor) so that their uterises could be harvested for transplant.” Surfboy

Yes.  The M.D./pharma industry seems to have been overtaken by the same types that
conducted inhumane experiments at Dachau, Auschwitz, Buchenwald,
Sachsenhausen and similar locations, on innocent victims.  And, who currently
demand that more healthy persons give up their healthy organs, as there are not
enough available to keep their Transplant Division busy.  Indeed, how can they accept
bribe monies from the wealthy, whose life-styles have ruined an organ or two, unless
they can come across with a healthy organ to cut-and-sew in place?  NAZI Josef
Mengele, MD, practices.

Similar to the modern hospital approach, sending blood and bone-marrow samples off
to where ever, malingering a diagnosis, meanwhile offering a patient chemotherapy
“just to be sure”.  Without explaining that “just to be sure” means, fleecing your
insurance company and subsequently skewing a diagnosis to support the presence of
cancer cells.  Too often followed by the death of the victim, since the nitrogen extracts of mustard gas kill 8-14 times as many healthy cells as cancer cells.  Subsequently, victims die of failure of various organs.  Revealed in her book, “Knockout,” Suzanne Somers explains how she outlived two such incidents, as well as other hocus-pocus of “modern medicine.”  Modern medicine, which seems to have derived from NAZI Josef Mengele, MD, and Hubertus Strughold, MD, experiments on WWII innocent victims.

Currently topped off by Merck´s gardasil.  Which has accrued several billion dollars to
Merck and MD bank accounts, while crippling thousands of girls and women while
killing many.  Although, no verifiable evidence is available that gardasil prevents
anything, clearly available, is evidence that it sickens, it cripples and it kills.

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By drbhelthi, January 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

The book by Peter Longerich supports his academic position and status. It also tends to malinger the artificial value placed by Zionists on the Holocaust.  Their continuing to surf the crest of the wave of international social gratuity they have engendered by their continuous rekindling of German guilt, among people who were not even associated, and via PR efforts and clans such as AIPAC in Wash D.C. should be interrupted.

As far as no one being able to understand why Himmler was as hateful as he was,
may be the opinion of supercilious israeli types trying to amplify their social
gratuity, while distracting from their limited genocide of Palestinians, as well as being the tail that is wagging the USMilitary dog to attack Iran over a non-existent cause.  The question of why Himmler was so hateful was answered many years ago when the personality of the middle child was documented. 

Some of us don´t care for mysticism when facts are available.  Especially, when the
Israeli-engendered world-wide, fraudulent social gratuities from the Holocaust are

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By berniem, January 29, 2012 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Don’t fool yourselves, people like gingrich, santorum, perry, and, yes, obama, could just as easily assume a similar role if given the political power and support of a radical fringe minority of the nation’s population. When we permit our civil liberties and the rule of law to be subverted by a ruling class interested in economic materialism irrespective of any human cost and allow and encourage the militarization of civil authority we tacitly choose the path to unbridled authoritarianism by our lack of active resistance. FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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By moonraven, January 29, 2012 at 10:19 am Link to this comment


I absolutely agree.  The comments format here is like using two cans and string to talk in the age of cell phones.

To those posters dancing around the Zionist posture of Hogging the Holcaust—you are damn right.  In this hemisphere there was a holocaust of 200 plus MILLION indigenous folks, but the pinche zionist genocidal goons deny us use of the term.

They also deny it to the millions killed in the Stalinist slaughterhouse.  And in Rwanda.  And the genocide against the Armenians in Turkey.  And it goes on and on and on until somebody stops those shameless scumbags, ships them all off to Crawford TX and allows the Palestinians to live in peace in Palestine.

And while they are at it, might be nice to dismantle the system of bantustans in Canada and Gringolandia, too—as they are nothing but ongoing genocide.

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By Cliff Carson, January 29, 2012 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

To address the “Holocaust”  I offer the following:

This word has come to have meaning to describe the Jewish suffering during the Second World War - and nothing else.

And yet the reality is that there is a continuous suffering of peoples around the world that dwarf’s the suffering of the Jews in that World War.

What is the difference?  I say the ignoring of the murderous actions directed on the Palestinians by those who suffered the Holocaust of World War Two is unforgivable.

The WWII loss of life among the Jewish population was absolutely dwarfed by the loss of life inflicted by the Nazis upon the other peoples ( something exceeding 50 million) whereas the loss of Jewish life started at 400,000 prior to Nuremberg and escalated to highest estimates of “Up to 4 million possibly unaccounted for” estimated by the Jewish representatives at Nuremberg.

As the years after the war drew on those who read daily might remember that that number escalated from the original 400,000 to 2 million and reaching 4 million by the early 50’s.  Sometime in the 60’s it got up to 6 million.  Just before the turn of the Century it had grown to 12 million.  But the 50 million have become almost forgotten.  Why is this?

I say it is the result of “Victimization” being used as a propaganda tool to cloud the actions of the new “Nazis”.

The plan to conquer Palestine and evict the indigenous people was hatched by Zionists in the 1880’s and put into motion prior to 1907, when Ben Gurion, later to be declared the father of modern day Israel, publicly proposed the plan to subjugate Palestine and evict the Palestinians.

Their plan is a work in progress.  Stories like this are merely deflectors away from the real problem in Palestine and the perpetrators of evil against the Palestinians.

For sure, of all who could be blamed for the “Holocaust”, the Palestinians are not guilty, yet they are suffering their own holocaust at the hands of the victims of the first Holocaust.

Evil is as evil does.  Swayed by propaganda, too many people have forgotten this.

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By balkas, January 29, 2012 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

the label “workers paradize” was coined by the european, asian, and american onepercent.

the idea behind that label was crude and simple: since communist ‘promise’ of coming
paradize in ussr have not fulfilled their ‘promise’, communism and communists are evil
as far as i know, no such promise had been made, yes, they promised to destroy
prevailing structure of society and governance and the West, primarily, went ballistic when
they discovered that’s exactly what they have done. they could never overcome their grief
and thus invaded USSR in order to forever destroy new law and order.
the West had not destroyed the NEW ORDER and sanity—it was destroyed by fascists from
inside usssr.
the fact that ussr had been encircled by nukes, probably also played a role in it. russians
love their russia above everything else, but knowing what the West was capable of,
gorbachev gave up on the gambit. he, possibly, saved milions of lives in ussr. thanks

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By Night-Gaunt, January 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

Alderih yet again you prove your fidelity to them. Protect them at all costs, keep treating the truth as if it were an elaborate hoax. The proof is in the German’s fidelity to notes, logs, an their “final solution.” Jews an Romany were at the top of their death lists. Estimates are between 4-6 million Jews murdered an then 5-7 million of all the others the Nazis wanted removed not just from their perfect biological society” but this mortal coil.

I don’t need to produce the proof for you since you know it is there you just want us to do the leg work so you can then poo-poo it. Stop abetting their war crime after the fact by trying to sow ambivalence in the facts. Stop being a Nazi.

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By kazy, January 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment
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alderih I think you’re on the wrong site here - along with a few others on this thread that like comparing human suffering to other atrocities as if it were a competition, as if one atrocity should cancel out another and major portions of genocide are not as important as another event that has taken place. “Oh, you think that’s bad, well what about this? This is worse than that. And I don’t care about what happened 70 years ago - it’s ancient history.” They clearly read the link to this subject. It was about one of Nazi Germany’s worst henchmen and yet they came on here with the typical divide and conquer mentality. How do you weigh human suffering and then decide what lives are more significant that others or who bore more agony? Perhaps instead of being here you should go to Stormfront where they don’t care about the past or about history and how it nearly wiped out a people. Oh, yeah, that’s right. It never happened. It’s all a ruse, a fabrication.

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By Ralph Novy, January 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

My only comment here is that Truthdig’s “dialogue” system is utterly antiquated and inadequate.

Please, ladies and gentlemen, fix it.


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By mindful, January 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment

How could anyone deny the holocaust? This defies any remorse, reason or common decency. The evidence is profound. The Germans attempted after defeat to wipe the blood from the walls and pretend the mass graves were an illusion. No one blames the Germans now, but in all profound disbelief of the human animal having any goodness, mercy or concept of good, others since have repeated the acts of genocide.

A depraved animal the human truly is, if we were visited by a superior race of beings and held in account.

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By moonraven, January 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

Should have been congress, not congree.  Sorry.

The genocide committed against indigenous children in both the US and Canada in the “boarding school” system is just one of the reasons that both countries balked at signing the UN Genocide Convention.

Not to mention the ongoing genocide committed against indigenous folks in both countries in the “bantustans” that are called Indian Reservations in the US and Native Reserves in Canada.

Nazism was not unique—its premise was that of making contact with the mythical historical unconscious.

That unconscious is in no way unique to Germans in the 1930s and 40s.

I have recently read comments from folks who otherwise appear to be “civilized” (sic) in regard to homeless folks in the US that could have been written by Dr. Mengele in his arguments for eugenics.

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By Kay Johnson, January 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

Agelbert: Thanks for the link to the documentary. Horrifying!

Several months ago, I watched an independent film, Older than America (2008),
directed by Georgina Lightning. The film is based on fact, and tells the story of
Indigenous children from the Cree Nation here in the United States who were
forced to attend a Catholic boarding school. Again, the Catholic Priests were at the
center of the scandal.

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By moonraven, January 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

This is another fancy dance of distraction from the REAL fascism which is strangling the planet’s life forms NOW.

There should be a huge neon sign across the front of the White House—and the two houses of congree, that says:  Nazis R Us.

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By moonraven, January 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment


I do not agree with your comment in regard to Robert McNamara being an Eichmann.

Adolf Eichmann was not remorseful for what he did—he tried to weasel out of responsibility by saying that he was just a peon taking orders.

McNamara, although he talks about the blinding effect of the “fogof war”, has shown remorse and has acted on that.

I am not saying he is a saint of my devotion, just that your comparison is off the mark.

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By Night-Gaunt, January 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Well they are protected by their friend President Barak H. Obama so that isn’t a surprise. But then our president is violating a law via treaty to arrest, hold an then transport war criminals to be prosecuted for war crimes an torture—————-or as they call it, “enhanced interrogation” qualifies. By that ratified treaty failure to follow its tenants makes President Barak H. Obama a criminal too.

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By mindful, January 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

I could not agree more. The human creature when given the power of the state including that of the military or other militia is a scum of all humanity. Himmler more than qualifies. I have always wondered, how in darkness, if we believe there is not karma, or punishments after death, what does this do to human desire for justice?

Surely in our time, we might also include Henry Kissinger, who profits from blood and Donald Rumsfeld as well as GWB and Richard Cheney.
They go on their merry way writing books and like a cat, covering their kills and feces.

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By Night-Gaunt, January 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

I had been interested in more information on the infamous Reichsfurher SS for some time. His plans on creating his version of a ‘Holy Order of Knights’ patterned after the ones created during the Crusades. Even to making a sub nation within the nation of Germany calling it Burgundy.

He believed in reincarnation an in all kinds of things that some of us consider ridiculous but others consider real an true. So sanity isn’t a factor here. Dedication to things that are evil is. [Only sentient beings can perform evil acts.] He certainly had no trouble with consigning millions of others to deprivation an death. And as for a “coward’s way out” would you rather be in custody an have others rule for your death? Not I.

alderih the Nazis did ‘liberate’ the Jews, an Romany, homosexuals etc. by killing them but then you are being an apologist for the Nazis aren’t you?

PS I would like to find out about Beria and the ones in China but they aren’t as romantically interesting on the face. But the information would be interesting.

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By balkas, January 28, 2012 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

i still think that asocialists are by far more sanely insane than
while socialists in ussr may have killed millions asocialists [nazis,
fascists, cultists] asocialists may have slain since 9k yrs ago at
least one trillion people. end ther eis no end insight of their
butchery of even totally innocent people.
so, they’ll keep on killing, more palestinians, libyans, pashtuns,
iraqis, cubans, et al.
they better than himmler??? thanks

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By allen, January 28, 2012 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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My apologies.  I neglected to include in my alternative translation a central element that does not, however, affect my overall interpretation of the meaning of the sentence.  That portion is as follows:

“...entsprechend behandelt werden muessen…”

This I would translate as “must be dealt with appropriately.”

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By allen, January 28, 2012 at 6:34 am Link to this comment
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Whether the other errors or misrepresentations you attribute to author Longerich are justified or not I cannot say.

I can, however, offer an interpretation of the German-language text you cite that is at variance with your own.  The text in question, as you cite it, reads as follows:

“Der allfällig endlich verbleibende Restbestand wird, da es sich bei diesem zweifellos um den widerstandsfähigsten Teil handelt, entsprechend behandelt werden müssen, da dieser, eine natürliche Auslese darstellend, bei Freilassung als Keimzelle eines neuen jüdischen Aufbaues anzusprechen ist. (Siehe die Erfahrung der Geschichte.)”

I interpret this sentence, but most especially the portion you cite (“bei Freilassung”), as follows:

“The Jews who remain, since they will constitute the hardiest element among them—representing a sort of natural selection—SHOULD they be released, must be seen as the nucleus of a new Jewish structure.  (See the lessons of history)” 

In short, “bei Freilassung” here should be intrepreted to mean that should this remaining element of Jews be set free, they would represent the basis for the establishment of a new Jewish structure or polity.  In other words, Germany could not afford to leave these, the hardiest Jews who remained, free to build a new Jewish community.  This interpretation, if I am correct, foreshadows the ultimate decision that was taken to eliminate all the Jews within the Reich by one means or another.

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By EmileZ, January 28, 2012 at 5:40 am Link to this comment


Here in the U.S. there is more of an Eichmann thing going on. The specialist, the bureacrat, at least among the Democratic administrations… (think Robert MacNamara)

Well both actually.

Or so the story goes.

Chris Hedges often speaks of “reverse totalitarianism” referring to a book I have yet to read (Democracy Incorporated), but I’ve got it on hold (it better be good).

I agree with the sentiments expressed in your comment, but I still think “The Origins Of Totalitarianism” (which happens to be the title of a book by Hannah Arendt) are still worth looking into beyond a sort of morbid fascination and certainly not as an affirmation of the United States past and present.

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By alderih, January 28, 2012 at 5:34 am Link to this comment

More hateful (last) war propaganda recycled Hollywood style.

Peter Longerich is a Forger
Robert Faurisson

5 December 1999

In his 1998 book Politik der Vernichtung, Peter Longerich falsified the most important paragraphs of the “Wannsee-Protokoll” by omitting the words “bei Freilassung”, which mean: upon release, or: upon liberation (Politik der Vernichtung, München, Zürich, Piper Verlag, 772 pages).

See 1) The original German text; 2) Raul Hilberg’s translation; 3) P. Longerich’s presentation of the text.

  1) Unter entsprechender Leitung sollen nun im Zuge der Endlösung die Juden in geeigneter Weise im Osten zum Arbeitseinsatz kommen. In großen Arbeitskolonnen, unter Trennung der Geschlechter, werden die arbeitsfähigen Juden straßenbauend in diese Gebiete geführt, wobei zweifellos ein Großteil durch natürliche Verminderung ausfallen wird.

  Der allfällig endlich verbleibende Restbestand wird, da es sich bei diesem zweifellos um den widerstandsfähigsten Teil handelt, entsprechend behandelt werden müssen, da dieser, eine natürliche Auslese darstellend, bei Freilassung als Keimzelle eines neuen jüdischen Aufbaues anzusprechen ist. (Siehe die Erfahrung der Geschichte.)

  Besprechungsprotokoll (20.1.1942 in Berlin), p. 7-8.

  2) In the course of the final solution, the Jews should be brought under appropriate direction in a suitable manner to the east for labor utilization. Separated by sex, the Jews capable of work will be led into these areas in large labor columns to build roads, whereby doubtless a large part will fall away through natural reduction.

  The inevitable final remainder which doubtless constitutes the toughest element will have to be dealt with appropriately, since it represents a natural selection which upon liberation is to be regarded as a germ cell of a new Jewish development. (See the lesson of history.)

  Raul Hilberg, Documents of Destruction, Chicago, Quadrangle Books, 1971, p. 94.

  P. Longerich, Politik der Vernichtung, München, Zürich, Piper Verlag, p. 470

The Germans intended to release (to liberate) those Jews who, after having worked hard with their hands, would have constituted an elite, a germ cell of a new Jewish development. This was altogether a National-Socialist and a Zionist view. “See the lesson of history” means that history shows (or is supposed to show) that, for a group or a nation, revival may come after hardship and toil.

Peter Longerich saw fit to avoid “upon release” and the sentence “See the lesson of history” in order to have his reader believe that the Germans intended to kill those remaining Jews.

Many among the Germans were, like Adolf Eichmann and Alois Brunner, both National-Socialist and Zionist. That is why Zionist heads collaborated with them.

P. Longerich is all the more unforgivable since, in 1989, he had himself published the entire “Wannsee-Protokoll” correctly (Die Ermordung der europäischen Juden, herausgegeben von Peter Longerich unter Mitarbeit von Dieter Pohl, München, Zürich, Piper Verlag, 1989, 479 pages; see p. 87 for the two paragraphs in question).

P.S.: In Die Ermordung [...], P. Longerich had doctored the famous 5 June 1942 document on the “Spezialwagen”, signed “Just”. Since this so very strange document contains, right in the first sentence, an inexplicable “beispielsweise” (“for example”), he used a trick to lead the reader to believe that this sentence was NOT the first. The artifice consisted in putting the typographical sign [...] before the first word of that opening passage (see p. 355)!

First displayed on aaargh: 17 April 2001.

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By Drakula, January 28, 2012 at 2:27 am Link to this comment
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As it happens I am reading a biography of Joseph
Stalin by Simon Montefiore that is beginning to make
the Holocaust look like a picnic, people like Yezhof
and Beria were just as evil as Himmler.

I would just like to point out to NABNYC it is
important that we have a historical record so we can
learn from past tyrannies. That was the point on
Orwell’s 1984 where INGSOC was trying to destroy
history. But I take your point the Mainstream media
seems to make circus of it while failing to point out
the parallels of today’s holocausts.

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By Cliff Carson, January 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

From the review:

He “was able to succeed in pushing through his policy of establishing a uniform and permanent terror system that was outside the law and covered the whole of the Reich.”

Don’t we have that same problem, here today, in our United States?

Just replace He with “Our War Industry Government”
and United States for Reich.

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By NABNYC, January 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

I wonder why our country is constantly barraged with books, TV shows and movies, not to mention magazine articles, about Nazi Germany.  It wasn’t us, remember?  We didn’t do it.  It was Germany.  No real need to pound it into the brains of Americans for now 70 some years.  It wasn’t our crime, not our wrongdoing, we didn’t support them.  So what is the point?

I suspect the point is to support the hyper-fundraising of groups like the Anti-Defamation League, to support the Four Billion Dollars per year stolen from American working people and sent to Israel, to support the hysterical (and untrue) constant claims that the streets of Israel run red with the blood of Jewish children, that the nation is on the edge of being exterminated—by whoever this week’s bogeyman is. 

I think we also like to point to Nazi Germany as “the” definition of evil.  Like some Israeli politicians claim, nobody should ever be able to say somebody is “like” a nazi, or “like” Hitler, it is such a unique form of evil, nothing worse ever in the history of the world. 

Except that’s not true.  It’s not even close to being true, but it sells a lot of tickets so to speak, and is a great excuse for Israel’s continued theft of land and resources, continued genocide against the Palestinians. 

I suppose the incessant propaganda drums about a 70-some year old crime in some other country that was not our crime is just a way to keep Americans all emotional so they won’t object to Israel bribing our politicians, using our military as their own private goon squad.

I contrast this constant obsession with Nazi Germany with, for example, the complete silence on the subject of the 18 million native Americans slaughtered by the Europeans who first came to the U.S. to steal its land and resources.  Just like the European Jews who moved to Palestine to slaughter the people and steal the land and resources, “our” genocidal forefathers insisted that God told them to do it.  It was, as they liked to say, manifest destiny.  Just like God told the European Jews that Palestine was their land, even if they never lived there and had no legal claim to it. 

I also contrast this obsession with Nazi Germany with the silence on the subject of our own crime in using African kidnap victims as unpaid slave labor and murdering them, raping the women, without any legal consequences.  No reparations for them.  What we did to them is not called “The” Holocaust (as if there was only one). 

I also contrast the constant flood of books and movies about the “evil” Nazis in Germany with the silence in our country about the 2-3 million Vietnamese the U.S. exterminated, in some cases evaporated with chemical warfare, in some cases incinerated.  Silence about the long-term effects on Vietnam of the Agent Orange we spread throughout its land, the birth defects, the cancer.  No books on that.  When PBS does its regular fundraising weeks, the shows are always about “The” Holocaust in Nazi Germany, or Poland.  No mention of “The” Holocaust in Vietnam.  Our own crimes.  The ones that actually involve us.  The ones we should be talking about.

Is Dick Cheney less evil than any Nazi?  How about Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon?  How many Iraqis have we really killed?  Afghanis, people in Libya?  How many Palestinians, and people in Lebanon have been slaughtered with our bullets? 

I’m a little tired of the weeping over the bad men who lived 70 years ago in some other country and had nothing to do with us.  Why don’t we stop obsessing over other people’s bad actions, and start facing up to our own.  This focus on Nazi Germany is actually part of the sophisticated system of denial that allows our country (and the little thug Israel) to commit genocide today and get away with it.  After all, it’s not like we’re creating “The” Holocaust.

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By agelbert, January 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

There are some monsters roaming around this side of the Atlantic in Canada that have done things Himmler would love with the FULL support of the Canadian government and religious hirarchy.

Planned genocide, biological warfare, cultural destruction an sex rings using native children (TO THIS DAY!); all perpetrated within the last hundred years and all the information viciously suppressed by the RCMP (you know, those “mounties” with the pretty uniforms - Royal Canadian Mounted Police), the Catholic Church and the Church of Canada.

Watch the free documentary of nearly two hours and spread the word.

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By Devamitta, January 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment
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Well, I wonder what inconspicuous lad lurks in the shadows (no doubt unknowingly) waiting to arise to comparable heights in the fascist dystopia that the US is becoming?

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By moonraven, January 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

Oh, it’s just Himmler.

Older news than yesterday’s newspapers.

When I saw the headline, I assumed it referred to Obama’s Shit the Nation speech.

Someone told me that his teeth are actually real.  If so, it’s the only thing about him that IS.

The better to bite you in the economic ass with….

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By robertaustin, January 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

The author of the article wrote, “Those ‘ideas’ often bordered on lunacy. Himmler was heavily into the occult, mythology, astrology, reincarnation and heaven knows what else,...”

Bordering on lunacy? Such ‘ideas’” are shared by a large fraction of the US population. If such beliefs are indicative of Himmler’s insanity, then there must be tens of millions of Americans who are equally insane.

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