Daughter Of Nazi Heinrich Himmler Still Thinks Her Father Was A Hero Of Germany (PHOTOS) Read
During my tour of duty in what was then West Germany from June of 1976 to October of 1978, I spoke at lenght with many German people and almost to a man, they still believed that Adolph Hitler was a “hero” of the German people. So, it is not such a far stretch to think that the daughter of one of the most infamous murderers of the 20th century would worship her father’s memory and believe him to be a hero.
Seventy years ago today, one of the most evil men who ever lived bit into a poison capsule and ended his life. Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the ‘Final Solution’ which led to the murders of six million Jews is a man few wish to remember. But there is one person who will be mourning the anniversary today: his daughter Gudrun Burwitz, the so-called Princess of Nazism, still believes he was a good man.
And more than seven decades after she wrote of the ‘marvelous’ time she had visiting her father at notorious death camp Daschau, she is still a supporter of the Nazi ideology. Indeed, the intervening years have done little to quell her passion for the convictions held by her father – and that passion has led her to be worshipped as ‘almost a deity’ in neo-Nazi cells.
She has dedicated her life to ‘helping’ surviving Nazis evade justice, and even now, in her 80s, is considered the ‘godmother’ of far-right women’s groups, intent on infiltrating nurseries and schools to help them spread their vile ideology amongst the young. Gudrun has been described as a ‘true believer’ by those in the know, and from the outside it certainly seems she has never got over her father’s death.
She was 14 when he died and, far from disowning her father as the children of Hitler’s top officers have done, she remained as fiercely devoted to him as he was to Hitler, keeping a scrapbook of every newspaper picture she could find of him. She still holds on to her cherished memories of the years the Nazis were in power – years which, for the rest of the world, were among the most horrendous of the 20th century.
‘On December 24 each year I used to drive with my father to see Hitler at the Brown House in Munich and wish him Merry Christmas,’ she has said. ‘When I was little he used to give me dolls. Later he always gave me a box of chocolates.’ In her house in a leafy Munich street lies a manuscript to his memory. It ‘demolishes the lies’ the Allies told about her father after the war. Not surprisingly, it has never been published.
Close: But Gudrun pictured here with her father (above) has remained loyal to his memory, claiming the portrayal of Himmler as an evil man is just Allied lies, and even believing he was murdered by enemy forces.
Disgusting: Himmler, seen here inspecting Russian prisoners, was known to bring his daughter to the concentration camps where he was killing millions of innocent men, women and children.
One of the biggest ‘lies’, Gudrun claims, is how he died: she clings to the belief her father was murdered by the Allies, who had captured Himmler after he went on the run dressed as a soldier – completing his disguise by shaving of his mustache and wearing an eye patch. ‘I don’t believe he swallowed that poison capsule,’ she said. ‘My mother and I never had official notification of his death. To me, the photo of him dead is a retouched photo of when he was alive.’
As the leading figure in the shadowy and sinister support group Stille Hilfe – Silent Help – she brings succor and financial help to the monsters still at large. In 2010, Gudrun’s organisation paid for the defence of Samuel Kunz, an SS man charged with complicity in the murders of 437,000 Jews in Belzec extermination camp in occupied Poland.
Two years before he died in his bed, she came to the defence of Klaas Carel Faber, 90 – a Dutchman who served with the SS in Holland where he murdered Jews – to prevent his being extradited to his homeland from Germany, where he lived in peace and quiet. During Gudrun’s time with Stille Hilfe the group has eased the way into society for many Nazi war criminals, including Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo Butcher of Lyon, and Erich Priebke, SS murderer of Italian partisans.
It also helped Anton Malloth, a brutal guard in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, who was sentenced to death in his absence before finding refuge in Germany. Malloth was put up in an OAP home with Stille Hilfe funds. Every week Gudrun visited him with fruit and chocolates in a residence built on land once owned by Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess. ‘You need building up,’ she would tell him, stroking his hands.
Although legal, the organisation she runs operates in a moral grey zone. It has just 40 members but gets money from rich industrialists sympathetic to the Nazi cause and an estimated 1,000 others from Europe’s far right. Tracked down to the Munich suburb of Furstenried, where she lives in a maisonette with her husband Wolf-Dieter, Gudrun Burwitz is as reticent now as she has been ever since becoming the ‘Princess of Nazism’, as a leading historian has called her.
‘I never talk about my work,’ she said outside her home in Berlin. ‘I just do what I can when I can.’ Her husband , himself said to be a Neo-Nazi , was more forthright. ‘Go away you are not welcome,’ he said. Their home is just 15 miles from the first concentration camp at Dachau where 36,000 people were murdered during the 12 years of the Third Reich. Gudrun, now 85, knows it well, for she used to visit it as a child with her father, who called her ‘Puppi’, meaning Doll.
In one diary entry, she wrote: ‘Today, we went to the SS concentration camp at Dachau. We saw everything we could. We saw the gardening work. We saw the pear trees. ‘We saw all the pictures painted by the prisoners. Marvelous. ‘And afterwards we had a lot to eat. It was very nice.’ There are also pictures of Gudrun with her murderous father, taken just yards from where thousands were dying.
But their jubilant expressions – one has her laughing and joking as he looks on adoringly – suggest nothing was amiss. Himmler was like that – he regularly took his child on the plane with him on his murderous travels around Germany and its conquered lands.
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