NAZIS #1 MURDERER OF JEWS: ‘My father Heinrich Himmler was not a monster’ insists his daughter
Gudrun Burwitz, dubbed the ‘Princess of Nazism’, keeps the Holocaust mastermind’s ideals alive by helping other Nazis evade justice
She could be anyone’s lovable granny, waving goodbye on a sunny afternoon to her children who have been visiting to brighten up her day. But her arm raised high in farewell could also be seen in a more sinister light.
For in her heart Gudrun Burwitz remains Gudrun Himmler, the beloved daughter of Nazi Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, the lord of death in the Third Reich who ran the Gestapo, the SS and the entire extermination programme which murdered six million Jews.
It is 70 years since her beloved “Papi” killed himself with a cyanide tablet hidden in his mouth, after being captured by British troops.
In his last week, one of Adolf Hitler’s most senior lieutenants was on the run, hiking around northern Germany disguised as a soldier, his moustache shaved off and a patch on one eye.
Many children of Nazi monsters – Rudolf Hess, Hans Frank, the brutal governor of Poland, Martin Bormann – turned their backs on their fathers and their sins when adulthood made them aware of their crimes. But Gudrun is different.
She has preserved and nurtured the memory of her father, believing him to be a good and worthy man.
She was 14 when he died and, far from disowning her father, she remained as fiercely devoted to him as he was to Hitler, keeping a scrapbook of every newspaper picture she could find of him.
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.
Worse, while cherishing
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