Horrifying new details have emerged from extracts of mass murderer Heinrich Himmler’s diary detailing his sinister speech justifying the Holocaust to underlings, his bloodthirsty call to ‘defend the Fatherland with streams of blood’ – and even his affair with his secretary.
Noted meticulously on October 4 1943 in the diary of the ‘Reichsführer-SS’ as a ‘Group Leader meeting’, hides the true horror of what Himmler would say in his speech is masked at 5.30pm in Poznan, occupied Poland.
It was the secret key speech of the entire extermination programme in which, among other things, Himmler told his executioners: ‘I am talking about the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the Jewish people.
‘It is one of those things that is easily said. ‘The Jewish people is being exterminated,’ every Party member will tell you, ‘perfectly clear, it’s part of our plans, we’re eliminating the Jews, exterminating them, a small matter.’
‘And then along they all come, all the 80 million upright Germans, and each one has his decent Jew. They say: all the others are swine, but here is a first-class Jew. And none of them has seen it, has endured it. Most of you will know what it means when 100 bodies lie together, when 500 are there or when there are 1000.
‘And… to have seen this through and — with the exception of human weakness — to have remained decent, has made us hard and is a page of glory never mentioned and never to be mentioned. Because we know how difficult things would be, if today in every city during the bomb attacks, the burdens of war and the privations, we still had Jews as secret saboteurs, agitators and instigators.
‘Altogether we can say: We have carried out this most difficult task for the love of our people. And we have suffered no defect within us, in our soul, or in our character.’
At 9.30pm that evening he dined with the SS killers and two hours later boarded his private train Steiermark for the journey back to Berlin.
He played cards, curling and went stargazing. In the diaries which have surfaced in Russia he recorded every nocturnal walk he made. And they also betray his infidelities.
‘Very often inspection of the diaries when he writes that he is on the road, there is the suspicion that he was in fact spending the time with Hedwig Pottgast, his mistress,’ said Dr. Matthias Uhl of the German Historical Institute which is examining the 1,600 pages of the diaries covering 1938, 1943 and 1944.
Cologne born Hedwig was his private secretary who morphed into his lover. He called her ‘Bunny’ and she bore him two illegitimate children – Helge and Nanette-Dorothea in 1942 and 1944.
Himmler’s wife Margarete knew of his mistress and seemingly tolerated the arrangement.
The record shows that he often escaped to his country house at Tegernsee near Munich with his family.
One of the other women with access to him was Hitler’s favourite female pilot, Hannah Reitsch.
Other entries from the diaries, discovered in a Russian military archive after vanishing in the chaos of the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 and being serialised by the bestselling BILD newspaper in Germany, include two from 1938.
The private life of Heinrich Himmler also surfaces in the diaries of the monster – truly illustrating the banality of evil.
On March 9 that year he records a ‘comradely’ lunch at the Dachau concentration camp outside Munich: the first such camp set up by the regime which would go on to kill 36,000 people by the time the war ended.
The next day he chronicles a visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside of Berlin with propaganda maestro Joseph Goebbels. And four days after that he was in the east of the country visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp where he also lunched.
Later that night he travelled to Weimar where he dined with the Nazi party Gauleiter – local leader – Fritz Sauckel, a man who would later hang for war crimes at Nuremberg for organising slave labour in wartime.
Himmler noted in his diary: ‘Tea and agreement to become godfather to his son.’ Himmler was the godfather to dozens of children of high ranking Nazis during his career.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Allan Hall and Guy Walters