He and his brothers not real an Aryan types and his mother in particular looked like a Creole. By the end of World War I, Himmler had completed secondary school instruction and went on to receive a diploma in agriculture from the Munich Technical High School in 1922. Himmler worked as a salesman for a firm of fertilizer manufacturers before joining a paramilitary organization in 1923. This standard bearer for racial health, whose face betrayed traces of possible Mongol ancestry, was a virgin when he met his future wife Margarete Boden, a nurs who was his senior by 7 years. They met in December 1927, sheltering in a hotel lobby during a downpour. He liked to call himself “wild” or “rough”, often referred to himself as “beese”, meaning “bad”. Apparently, his fantasie of being a tough and ruthless fighter also played into his sex-life with Marga. The word “bad” is freqently mentioned in their love-letters. Phrases such as “(…) I am so lucky to have such a good bad man who loves his bad wife as much as she loves him” can often be found in the correspondence.. They had also often speak of an unspecified “revenge”, presumably as punishment for teasing. “(…) our “revenge”. Their relationship was speedily consummated and they corresponded by post, before their marriage on 03-07-1928 and set up a chicken farm at Waldtrudering, near Munich. The couple got one child, Gudrun Himmler was born on 08-08-1929. Himmler was a devoted father and even after he lost interest in Marga, would phone her regularly throughout the rest of his life. During the war years especially Himmler was constantly on the move, but even then he frequently phoned “Puppi” his pet names for Gudrun. Other called her the “Little Nazi princess”. The doting father even had photographs of himself on the move taken for Puppi.
After the war Marga Himmler and Gudrun were imprisoned by the Allies at an interogation camp but were later released. When Gudrun found out that her father had committed suicide, the fifteen year old suffered a psychological and medical breakdown. Shivering day and night she lay delirious on the bed in her cell. Gudrun struggled with her everyday life because of her name. She was denied acceptance to schools, turned down by scholarship programs, and was unable to receibve a job. Due to the fact that she refused to take on another name, she constantly had “to start from scratch, introduce herself, say her name, her father’s name”. Even through her childhood, Gudrun stayed faithful to her father. Gudrun married journalist and author Wulf Dieter Burwitz and had two children. She has remained active in the Nazi community Neo Nazism and had since 1951 been a member of Stille Hilfe, Silence Help, an organisation providing support to arrested, condemned or fugitive former SS members.
In 1952 she helped to found Wiking Jugend (Baldur von Schirach
) which was organized after after the Hitler Youth model. She was longtime friend of Florentine “Florrie” Rost van Tonningen
, who was known in the Netherlands as “the Balck Widow” and was active in Nazi circles after the war. For decades Gudrun Burwitz has been a prominent symbol and idol in Stille Hilfe. At various meetings, for instant the annual Ulrichsberg gathering in Austria, an annuaI reunion for veterans of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, she enjoys the status as both a star and an authority. Gudrun has intensified the support for allegated Nazi war criminals in recent years. This was particularly evident in the case of Anton Malloth, a supervisor of Theresienstadt
concentration camp, who was extradited to Germany in 1988 and after a prolonged public trial was sentenced in 2001 to life in prison. She arranged his stay at an expensive nursing home in Pullach at the southern outskirt of Munich from 1988 to his death on 31-10-2002, age 90. In 1936 a young Hedwig Potthast
a girlfriend of Lina Heydrich-Osten
, born von Osten, went to work as a secretary for the Reichsfuhrer SS. It was not until Christmas 1938 that the couple professed their love for one another. She probably became Himmler’s mistress shortly afterwards. In early 1941 Hedwig left her job as Himmler’s secretary & became his mistress semi-formally. Himmler sent her to live in Bruckenthin in Mecklenburg, near the home of one of his most trusted senior officers, Chef des SS Wirtschaftsamt
, Oswald Poh
l. Hedwig Potthast was 12 years younger than him. she was 26 years old in 1938. She was familiarly know as ‘Haschen’. Hedwig and Himmler’s first child was born in 15-02-1942, a son called Helge
. He was followed in 1944 by Nanette Dorothea, born on 20th
July, the day of the bomb attack on Hitler in the Wolfschanze. Himmler had already appeared in front of the SS court to claim paternity of the child Hedwig was carrying. He legalised the paternity of both children before the court in September. Hedwig and Himmler met for the last time on 26th
March at their Berchtesgaden home. Himmler had built this with an 85.000 Reichsmark loan from the party, organised by Martin Bormann, a sometime friend of the family. His son says that Himmler and his mistress Hedwig kept furniture made from human bones, in the attic. Hedwig Potthast died in Baden Baden at the age of 85 in 1997.
Gerda Bormann made friends with the lonely young woman, but was apparently horrified by the secrets in the attic. It is unlikely that Marga ever knew about the atrocities perpetrated by her husband, on Hitler’s orders. Himmler kept Marga strictly divorced from his work and her naturally abrasive personality kept many potential friends aloof. In 1925 Himmler joined the Nazi party, 1927 he worked as a poultry farmer but his future would be imbued following his appointment in January 1929 as leader of the SS, an elite guard of Hitler. The submissive Himmler quickly moved up the ranks and once Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 Himmler became the head of the Munich police. From this position he organized the first concentration camp at Dachau and began to organize the Nazi political police throughout Germany. In April of 1934 he was named assistant chief of the Prussian Gestapo, the secret police and in June of 1934, Himmler successfully crushed the paramilitary SA, headed by Ernst Julius Röhm
, making the SS the dominant organization in Germany. Two years later, a power-thirsting Himmler got full control of the SS, and became SS Reichsführer. From a number of letters and speeches of Himmler it becomes clear, that he referred to the annihilation of the Jews in Europe, the Holocaust, as a task which he had to carry out, with the help of Reinhard Heydrich
and Adolf Eichmann
on the behalf of the highest authority in the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler (see Hitler parents
). In 1941, Himmler summoned Rudolf Höss, SS Commandant of the largest killing centre ever created, the death camp Auschwitz. Josef Mengele
infamous for performing human experiments on camp inmates in Auschwitz, including children, for which Mengele was called the “Angel of Death”.