Heinrich Himmler’s New-Found Diaries
The most recent find from the Russian Military Archive shows the banality of evil from the eyes of one of the Third Reich's most notorious murderers.
Captured by the Red Army during World War II, diaries written by Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the SS, lay forgotten in the vast, byzantine collections of the Russian Military Archive. That is, until earlier this year, when they were uncovered by Bild, a German tabloid. The diaries amount to 1,000 pages, written during the years of 1938, 1943, and 1944. The years 1943 and 1944 saw the apex of Nazi Germany's "Final Solution", led by the SS under Himmler. The diaries have been described as 'office diaries' or a 'service calendar', which provide the daily account of responsibilities for the leader of the SS. The Telegraph details Himmler's schedule on 3 Jan 1943: 10am-midday: Massage 2pm: Lunch with SS officers 3pm - 7pm: 19 policy meetings 8pm: Dinner 9pm: More meetings, one reacting to news that Nazi-allied police officers in Poland were refusing to fight. 9-10pm: Orders all ten officers be executed and their families sent to concentration camps before going to bed. The British publication The Sun also gives insight into the cavalier nature of the diaries' descriptions of daily murder. The diaries will add more depth to the historical understanding of Heinrich Himmler's character and the atrocities that defined him. Diaries and accounts such as these, including ones found in the past by Himmler, have been crucial for historians piecing together the reactions and impressions historical figures had for specific days and events. Furthermore the diaries h
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