Talk:Heinrich Himmler

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These should be provided with sources before being moved back into the article.
  • Every SS man has the right and the duty to defend his honor with his mandems.
  • It is my firm intention to collect all the dispersed German blood in the world.
  • An oath is not sufficient. It is also essential that every man is a devout person and expels sin from deep within one's own mind.
  • The Führer knows the value of the SS. We are his preferred and most precious organization, because we have never abandoned him.
    • To the SS, 1931.
The Führer knows the value of the SS. We are his preferred and most precious organization, because we have never abandoned him.
  • It is truly sad that my new assignment only puts me in close contact with the more vile representatives of humanity...with criminals, Hebrews, and enemies of the State, when all my thoughts and my energies are for the purity of our race. But the Führer has assigned this task to me. I will not pull back.
    • 1933
  • Those who abandon their duties do not deserve from the native land even a piece of bread. The German women and adolescents are invited to receive them, not with compassion, but instead with depreciation and ridicule, and especially heavy, vigilant blows to their foreheads with broomsticks.
    • From a proclamation to the nation, January 1945.
  • Whether they live in comfort or die from starvation, only concerns me if they can be used as slaves for our culture. Otherwise it's no concern to me when a anti tank ditch is being dug 10,000 Russian women collapse from exhaustion, the only thing that concerns me is when the ditch is complete for Germany.

Not from 2002[edit]

The "Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA – ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State" quote is definitely not from Leland L. Smith in 2002. The reference I've provided on the page now is from 2000, and it's a reference to a website that had that quote posted as early as 1995. It's not clear that it's from Himmler, but it hasn't been ruled out, since it's NOT from Smith. — Kazvorpal (talk) 19:08, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

The quote would only make sense in the context of a Germany that did not permit the citizenry owning firearms. Hitler loosed gun restrictions for Germans (though restricted them for Jews). Allies wouldn't have had to confiscate millions of weapons from Germans upon the invasion of Germany by them if Hitler had banned guns to the citizenry which he absolutely had not. It's almost certainly fake as it make no sense unless Himmler was in some way discussing his own plan of gun confiscation which never came to fruition which is dubious. This is a right-wing lie about the NSDAP every bit as virulent as the left-wing lies about the NSDAP such as Hitler advocated using the "big lie" technique to deceive the population into following him - which is a miscontextualized quote.

Quotes about Himmler (unsourced)[edit]

  • In my eyes, Himmler was worse than Hitler. The assassination attempt should have been directed against Himmler in the first place.
  • At the time of the shooting of these 120, there was a young Jewish boy of twenty who had a Nordic appearance, with blue eyes and blond hair. Himmler called that boy aside from the pit where he was to be shot and asked him if he were Jewish, whether his grandparents were all Jewish. The boy replied that as far as he knew, his entire family was Jewish. Then Himmler said that he couldn't help the boy, and the boy was executed along with the others. You could see how Himmler tried to save the boy's life.
    • Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, to Leon Goldensohn (14 February 1946)
  • He was not a man who was hard-hearted in the sight of blood. He was hard-hearted by reason of a fanatic ideology. But he was undoubtedly soft and cowardly.
    • Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, to Leon Goldensohn (14 February 1946)
  • In Krakow, a Criminal Police officer, over fifty years of age, shook hands with a Jew. Himmler was informed and ordered a two-year term in Dachau for this employee. This was at the time of the battle of Stalingrad. It shows that Himmler had time to think of these ridiculous things.
    • Rudolf Mildner, to Leon Goldensohn (12 February 1946)
  • Himmler was the most feared man in Germany by everyone, including the most loyal German.
  • Himmler hated Poles and Slavs and was quite capable of not only making such a statement but of putting it into practice if given the opportunity.
  • Himmler was not sadistic — he was a stingy, small person. He was formerly a schoolteacher and he was always of that kind of mentality. He obtained pleasure from punishing others, like a schoolteacher who hits a child with a cane more than necessary and derives pleasure from it.
  • The only difficulty with Himmler was that he was of a sneaky nature. I never knew whether I would be alive or imprisoned the next day. But I gained new strength from my firm idea that Germany — that I must save Germany from chaos.
  • Himmler hated Russia but I had him convinced that Russia could not be defeated.
    • Walter Schellenberg, to Leon Goldensohn (12 March 1946)
  • Himmler was such a coward he refused or was afraid to act because of Kaltenbrunner and Hitler.
    • Walter Schellenberg, to Leon Goldensohn (12 March 1946)
  • He was a schoolmaster type outwardly, and that was as far as his foreign political horizon went. Therefore, in the field of foreign affairs I had an easy time convincing him. As far as other things are concerned, Himmler was a sphinx, hard to understand. He was a coward, not a brave man.
    • Walter Schellenberg, to Leon Goldensohn (13 March 1946)
  • He looked to me like an intelligent elementary schoolteacher, certainly not a man of violence. I could not for the life of me see anything outstanding or extraordinary about this middle-sized, youthfully slender man in grey S.S. uniform. Under a brow of average height two grey-blue eyes looked out at me, behind glittering prince-nez, with an air of peaceful interrogation. The trimmed moustache below the straight, well-shaped nose traced a dark line on his unhealthy, pale features. The lips were colourless and very thin. Only the inconspicuous, receding chin surprised me. The skin of his neck was flaccid and wrinkled. With a broadening of his constant, set smile, faintly mocking and sometimes contemptuous about the corners of the mouth, two rows of excellent white teeth appeared between the thin lips. His slender, pale, and almost girlishly soft hands, covered with blue veins, lay motionless on the table throughout our conversation.