Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrichby Robert Gerwarth
Pub. Date: 11/15/2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the twentieth century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a
Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the twentieth century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany. He shouldered a major share of responsibility for some of the worst Nazi atrocities, and up to his assassination in Prague in 1942, he was widely seen as one of the most dangerous men in Nazi Germany. Yet Heydrich has received remarkably modest attention in the extensive literature of the Third Reich.
Robert Gerwarth weaves together little-known stories of Heydrich's private life with his deeds as head of the Nazi Reich Security Main Office. Fully exploring Heydrich's progression from a privileged middle-class youth to a rapacious mass murderer, Gerwarth sheds new light on the complexity of Heydrich's adult character, his motivations, the incremental steps that led to unimaginable atrocities, and the consequences of his murderous efforts toward re-creating the entire ethnic makeup of Europe.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Maps viii
I Death in Prague 1
II Young Reinhard 14
III Becoming Heydrich 50
IV Fighting the Enemies of the Reich 84
V Rehearsals for War 116
VI Experiments with Mass Murder 141
VII At War with the World 173
VIII Reich Protector 218
IX Legacies of Destruction 278
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I found this book very inlightening although I had trouble with the German words and meanings and had to look them up.
Very objective, very engrossing study of Heydrich, highly recommended
worth reading. more insight to those that hitler had around him. the movement of Nazism still baffles me as to how so many "losers" could find one another. maybe like the four main characters on "Seinfeld." do think heydrich could be manipulated by his enemies if played to his ego.