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Heinrich Himmler photograph collection

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    The collection consists of four photograph albums including family photographs of Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer-SS and head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS; his wife, Marga; and their daughter, Gudrun. Also included are photographs of Nazi officials and gatherings.
    inclusive:  1911-1942
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of James and Catherine Blevins
    Collection Creator
    Heinrich Himmler
    Heinrich Himmler was born on October 7, 1900 in Munich, Germany to a conservative Catholic family. He served as an officer cadet in the Eleventh Bavarian Regiment at the end of World War I, though the war ended before he graduated. He studied agriculture at the Technical University in Munich, graduating in August 1922. In August 1923, he joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party), and shortly after, marched with other Nazi leaders in the Beer Hall Putsch as an attempt to overthrow the German government. On January 6, 1929, Himmler was appointed Reichsführer of the SS. He immediately began expanding the SS, which reached a membership of more than 50,000 by 1933. In April 1934, Himmler was appointed assistant chief of the Gestapo. He masterminded the Night of the Long Knives, the purge of Adolf Hitler’s rival Nazi leaders on June 30, 1934. Under Himmler, the SS acquired vast police powers in Germany and the territories it occupied, and gained primary responsibilities in the areas of security, intelligence gathering, and espionage. Himmler oversaw the deployment of the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) in the massacre of Jews and other victims during the early war years. He also organized the extermination camps in German-occupied Poland where millions of Jews were murdered. In April 1945, Himmler transmitted an offer of German surrender to the Allies. When Hitler learned of the offer, he stripped Himmler of his authority and ordered his arrest. After the German surrender on May 7, Himmler was captured by Soviet soldiers on May 20. On May 23, 1945, Heinrich Himmler committed suicide at age 44.

    Physical Details

    Photograph albums.
    4 oversize boxes
    System of Arrangement
    The Heinrich Himmler photograph collection is arranged in four boxes:
    Box 1: Album 1, 1911-1936
    Box 2: Album 2, 1927-1942
    Box 3: Album 3, 1935-1942
    Box 4: Album 4, 1937-1942

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    James and Catherine Blevins donated the photograph albums to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-28 08:12:04
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