Himmler’s Diary Gives Chilling Insights Into the Mind of One of the Most Powerful Men in Nazi Germany

Himmler in 1945 and while inspecting a prisoner of war camp in Russia, 1941.
Himmler in 1945 and while inspecting a prisoner of war camp in Russia, 1941.

Researchers have recently found the diary of Nazi monster Heinrich Himmler, who is considered the mastermind of the ‘final solution’ and many other atrocities of the Second World War. The diary was first found by the Red Army after the War and was kept in the war archives; the journal consists of some 1000 pages full of gruesome details of war crimes committed by the Fuhrer’s right-hand man.

In one of the entries Himmler boasts about taking a massage before ordering the extermination of ten Polish people, and in another part, he writes about collapsing after the brains of a Jewish victim got splattered on him during a mass execution.

The diary contains the details about Himmler’s affairs from 1938, just before the war, up until 1944, before things turned upside down for the Nazi leader and he had to make a run for his life. The journal disappeared after the war and has now surfaced after researchers found it undamaged in the Russian Military Archives in Podolsk.

The diary is more of a service calendar then a personal record of affairs, however, it does contain a few references to Himmler’s private life as well. The entries in the diary mostly contain meetings, places, dates, and often details of his decisions of executing orders for the extermination of captives, mainly Jewish people. The records clearly reveal the sheer lack of empathy in this monstrous character. He mercilessly carried out heinous crimes, without any remorse or regret.

Himmler had a reputation for being squeamish at the sight of blood; he records one incident in 1941 when he was personally supervising a mass execution of Jews in Minsk (which is now in Belarus). During the execution, a Jewish man’s brain got splattered all over Himmler’s uniform as he was standing too close to the victim; Himmler vomited and shortly after that fainted for a few minutes.

The director Professor of German Historical Institute in Moscow, Mr. Nikolaus Katze, described the findings as a document of historic importance.

The 1000-page journal has been rediscovered 71 years after Himmler was finally caught by British soldiers in Northern Germany. Himmler was casually wandering around dressed as a local serviceman and in possession of fake documentation. When he was taken to a nearby investigation center and was positively identified as Himmler, he chewed on a cyanide pill that he kept in his mouth and died instantly.

Heinrich Himmler meticulously worked his way up the Nazi ranks courtesy of his ruthlessness and commitment to the Nazi cause of total control over Europe and the infamous final solution. Himmler started off as an officer in the Gestapo and later maneuvered himself up until he became the right hand of Adolf Hitler. By that time, Himmler had fully qualified in the specialization of extermination and had been given the task of supervising modern history’s most heinous crimes. Heinrich Himmler was the brain behind the infamous extermination camps of Treblinka and Auschwitz, to name just two.

In another gruesome entry in his journal, Himmler writes about the time in 1943 when he visited a gas chamber in Sobibor death camp in Poland. In his entry he shows astonishment about the effectiveness of diesel in the gas chamber; that day during Himmler’s visit to the camp 400 innocent people were gassed to death for the exhibition. Later that day Himmler boasts about the elaborate feast that SS men threw in his honor. In Sobibor extermination camp in Poland a total of 250,000 people, most of whom were Jewish, were killed – in many cases a couple of hours after they had arrived in the camp.

Himmler loved his brainchild, the infamous Auschwitz; at one point in his diary, Himmler proposed vicious watchdogs for the camp that would rip anyone, other than their handlers, apart in many pieces.

Himmler often referred to his beloved daughter Gudrun, who he called ‘Puppi’; in his journal he talks about her fervor and dedication to the Nazi cause. Gudrun is still alive and is currently living in Berlin running a charity for ex-Nazi soldiers called ‘Stille Hilfe’ or the Silent Help. She has never renounced Naziism. Himmler also writes about his adopted son Gerhard. There are references to Himmler’s wife Margarethe Sieghroth, who was also the mother of Gudrun.


Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE