Leader Of The Ss Party : Heinrich Himmler And The Destruction Of European Jews During The Holocaust

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LEADER OF THE SS PARTY: HEINRICH HIMMLER AND THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST
All the attention was directed to Heinrich Himmler when he stood in front of the SS squad commanders in Posen on October 4, 1943. Himmler promised that every Jew would be killed when he spoke;
“I am now referring to the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination of the Jewish people. It is one of those things that is easily said: The Jewish people are being exterminated. Every party member will tell you, perfectly clear; it’s part of our plans.”1
Heinrich Himmler was the head of the Schutzstaffel and chief of Nazi police. He was an significant figure for the Nazi Party in Germany and was a symbolic character throughout the Holocaust, as he played a major role in the genocide of Jews. As Hitler’s right hand man, it was Himmler’s choice as the director of the Schutzstaffel to exterminate the Jews. Adolf Hitler certainly played a main part in the decision making in regards to the extermination of Jews but Himmler planned out the ways they ought to be killed. Himmler was extremely close to Hitler and they made decisions together in regards to the Jewish issue. They made it clear that their plans for German domination and Aryanism were quite similar. On Hitler’s command, Himmler built extermination camps and allowed him to create Nazi killing squads called Einsatzgruppen. As the facilitator and administrator of the concentration camps, Himmler is therefore responsible as the…

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