On today in 1945, Heinrich Himmler, chief of the SS, assistant chief of the Gestapo, and architect of Hitler’s program to exterminate European Jews, commits suicide 1 day following getting arrested by the British.
As head of the Waffen-Schutzstaffel (“Armed Black Shirts”), the military arm of the Nazi Party, and assistant chief of the Gestapo (the trick police), Himmler was ready as time passes to consolidate his manage over-all police forces of the Reich. The energy he’d ultimately wield would rival that of the German army it could also prove extremely successful in eliminating all opposition to Hitler and the party, as nicely as in undertaking the Fuhrer’s Final Solution. It was Himmler who organized the creation of death camps during Eastern Europe and a pool of slave laborers.
Himmler’s megalomania, which integrated an idea to surrender to the Western Allies late in the war to be able to pursue the fight Russia unimpeded, caused Hitler to strip him of most his offices and order his arrest. Himmler attemptedto slip out of Germany disguised as a soldier, but was caught by the British. He swallowed a cyanide capsule the next day.
Himmler has been portrayed in lots of films, including The Eagle Has Landed, with Donald Pleasance as Himmler.