Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

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by Robert Gerwarth
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300187726

ISBN-13: 9780300187724

Pub. Date: 09/11/2012

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300187724
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
131,510
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps viii

Preface x

Introduction xiii

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

Notes 295

Bibliography 352

Index 383

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Hitler's Hangman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very inlightening although I had trouble with the German words and meanings and had to look them up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very objective, very engrossing study of Heydrich, highly recommended
usmcLS More than 1 year ago
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.