Heydrich: Dark Shadow of the SS

Author(s): Max Williams 

ISBN: 9781781556863
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Heydrich was determined to succeed at every challenge he encountered. An ambitious sportsman, a loving family man and a ruthless executive, Heydrich possessed all the qualities necessary to carry out Hitler’s policy in Himmler’s name. This book illustrates the life of the architect of genocide, his background, upbringing and career.
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  • An astonishing piece of research and the author’s life’s work 
  • Written by an expert on the Third Reich and its organisation 
  • Superbly illustrated with 743 unpublished mono photographs 

The Holocaust will remain a stain on the history of mankind in perpetuity, long after the recollection of many of the perpetrators has faded. Some names will remain, however, indelibly printed in the records and memories of future generations.

Adolf Hitler’s political protestations against certain sections of twentieth-century European society developed into national policy once he achieved his grip on power. His vision of a Europe free of these ‘undesirables’ almost became a reality. In Heinrich Himmler, he had a loyal servant, only too willing to sell his soul to the Devil to please his master.

Himmler’s SS organisation was the ideal tool to execute Hitler’s plans, and what better administrator than the intelligent and obedient ex-naval officer who directed the Reich security police? From an early age, Reinhard Heydrich was determined to succeed at every challenge he encountered.

An ambitious sportsman, a loving family man and a ruthless executive, Heydrich possessed all the qualities necessary to carry out Hitler’s policy in Himmler’s name. Heydrich: Dark Shadow of the SS illustrates the life of the architect of genocide, his background, upbringing, family and his career, which developed into engineering one of the greatest crimes in history. 



BOOK ISBN 9781781556863
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 608 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 23 August 2018
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 743 black-and-white photographs

 

 





 

 

Max Williams is a retired police officer with a strong fascination in history. He has spent many years collecting autographs, original images and information about personalities of the Third German Reich which he has built into a private archive. He is the author of a two volume pictorial biography of SS General Reinhard Heydrich and is often acknowledged as an expert on the SS organization and for assisting other authors with historical studies of Hitler’s regime. He is married and lives with his wife and son in the London area.

  • Acknowledgements 5
  • Introduction 9

  • 1. Bereishit 19
  • 2. Destiny 28
  • 3. Rise of the Phoenix 37
  • 4. The SS State 51
  • 5. En Garde 64
  • 6. Predator 75
  • 7. The Jewish Tragedy 102
  • 8. The Villa by the Lake 131
  • 9. Prague 152
  • 10. Anthropoid 164
  • 11. Martyrs of Prague 181
  • 12. ‘Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden 196

  • Epilogue 214
  • Appendix I: Extract from the Interrogation of
  • 221 SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln 221
  • Appendix II: Ohlendorf Testimony 3 January 1946 224
  • Appendix III: Nuremberg Einsatzgruppen Trial 241
  • Appendix IV: Translation of the Heydrich Autopsy Report 244
  • Appendix V: Promotions & Awards 250
  • Appendix VI: Czechs Rewarded 252
  • Endnotes 254
  • Bibliography 265

  • Photographic section including 743 black-and-white photographs 269
  • End 608

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