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Heinrich Himmler

Date de naissance: 7. octobre 1900
Date de décès: 23. mai 1945


Heinrich Luitpold Himmler est l'un des plus hauts dignitaires du Troisième Reich, né le 7 octobre 1900 à Munich et mort par suicide le 23 mai 1945 à Lunebourg. Il est Reichsführer-SS, le maître absolu de la SS, Chef der Deutschen Polizei, chef de la police allemande, dont la Gestapo et, à partir de 1943, ministre de l'Intérieur du Reich et Chef der Heeresrüstung und Befehlshaber des Ersatzheers, responsable de l'équipement militaire de l'armée et commandant en chef de l'armée de terre de réserve de la Wehrmacht. Criminel de guerre, il est considéré comme le Jahrhundertmörder, le « meurtrier du siècle », comme le désignent certains auteurs allemands. Après la capitulation de l'Allemagne, il tente de fuir, est rapidement capturé et se suicide aussitôt pour échapper à tout jugement.

Himmler porte la responsabilité la plus lourde dans la liquidation de l'opposition en Allemagne nazie et dans le régime de terreur qui a régné dans les pays occupés. Les camps de concentration et les camps d'extermination dépendaient directement de son autorité et il a mis en œuvre la Solution finale.

Citations Heinrich Himmler


„I hope to see the very concept of Jewry completely obliterated.“

— Heinrich Himmler
March 23 1941. Quoted in "Murderous Science" - Page 48 - by Benno Müller-Hill - History - 1998

„… the curse of the great to have to walk over corpses.“

— Heinrich Himmler
Also translated as: It is the curse of the great man to step over corpses. From the Memoirs of Felix Kersten sometime after the execution of 200 Jews near Minsk in August 1941, as quoted in The Face Of The 3rd Reich, Part 2, Chapter 9. Petty Bourgeois and Grand Inquisitor, by Joachim C. Fest (1999)


„I don't want to hear anymore of your difficulties. For an SS officer there are no difficulties; his duty is always to remove difficulties himself as soon as they arise. How you do it is for you to figure out, not me.“

— Heinrich Himmler
Addressing Rudolph Höss, perhaps in July 1942, during a visit to Birkenau POW camp (Kriegsgefangenenlager), where the inmates' and guards' deficient living conditions were pointed out, from Höss's [http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com/2006/04/correction-corner-2-himmlers-visit-to.html autobiography] written in a Polish prison, Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz, pp. 286ff. (1996)

„One rejects as un-German and impossible the Bolshevist method of physical extermination of a people.“

— Heinrich Himmler
The secret memorandum Reflections on the Treatment of Peoples of Alien Races in the East (25 May 1940)

„One basic principle must be the absolute rule for the S. S. men. We must be honest, decent, loyal, and comradely to members of our own blood and nobody else. What happens to a Russian and a Czech does not interest me in the least. What the nations can offer in the way of good blood of our type we will take, if necessary by kidnapping their children and raising them here with us. Whether nations live in prosperity or starve to death interests me only in so far as we need them as slaves for our culture: otherwise it is of no interest to me. Whether ten thousand Russian females fall down from exhaustion while digging an anti-tank ditch interests me only in so far as the anti-tank ditch for Germany is finished. We shall never be tough and heartless where it is not necessary, that is clear. We, Germans, who are the only people in the world who have a decent attitude towards animals, will also assume a decent attitude towards these human animals. But it is a crime against our blood to worry about them and give them ideals, thus causing our sons and grandsons to have a more difficult time with them. When somebody comes up to me and says: 'I cannot dig the anti-tank ditch with women and children, it is inhuman, for it would kill them,' then I have to say: 'You are the murderer of your own blood, because if the anti-tank ditch is not dug German soldiers will die, and they are the sons of German mothers. They are our own blood....' Our concern, our duty, is our people and our blood. We can be indifferent to everything else. I wish the S. S. to adopt this attitude towards the problem of all foreign, non-Germanic peoples, especially Russians....“

— Heinrich Himmler
The Posen speech to SS officers (6 October 1943)

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