The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust

The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust

by Heather Pringle

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The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust by Heather Pringle

Now in paperback, the groundbreaking history of the Nazi research institute whose work helped lead to the extermination of millions

For those who thought the zealous Nazi archaeologists in Raiders of the Lost Ark were a screenwriter's fabrication, journalist Heather Pringle has the chilling, real story. In 1935, Heinrich Himmler—chief of the SS and architect of the death camps—founded the Ahnenerbe, a research institute that manufactured archaeological evidence to support the notion of Aryan superiority. His team of adventurers, mystics, and reputable scholars was charged with traveling the globe to compile "proof" that a race of blondhaired, blue-eyed conquerors had dominated the world in prehistoric times. The identification of their descendants and the eradication of all others became the cornerstone of the Nazi agenda.

Drawing on Pringle's extensive original research, including interviews with surviving members of the Ahnenerbe, The Master Plan is a page-turning story of delusion and excess, of scientific and political abuse on a global scale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786868865
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/15/2006
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Heather Pringle is the author of The Mummy Congress. Her work as a journalist has appeared in Science, Geo, New Scientist, and Discover, where she is currently a contributing editor. She has lectured across the United States and Canada—from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. She lives in British Columbia.

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