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Lebensborn children get together

WERNIGERODE, Germany, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Thousands of Germans conceived under the Nazi Lebensborn program are trying to come to terms with their heritage.

Gunter Grass reveals SS service

FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Gunter Grass, author of the anti-Nazi classic "The Tin Drum" and a longtime peace activist, has admitted serving in the Waffen SS as a teenager in Germany.

Berlin's Gestapo HQ to be memorial site

BERLIN, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The vacant lot in Berlin that was once the site of the headquarters of the Nazis' Gestapo secret police will become a "Topography of Terror" memorial.

British paper slams Himmler murder theory

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- The publisher of a book claiming Heinrich Himmler was murdered by British intelligence officers has Nazi ties, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Hitler movie being shot in Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- An epic movie on the final days of Adolf Hitler, is shooting in Russia's St. Petersburg, doubling as Berlin as it falls to the Soviets.

Assignment America: Law of the Bomb

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- I'm not so naive as I was, as a boy, when I read the annals of Nuremberg and believed we were moving toward an era in which everything would be decided by law,
JOHN BLOOM, UPI Reporter-at-Large

Faith: Himmler's soul-mates

BARCELONA, Spain, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Benedictine abbey of Montserrat high in the serrated-looking mountains near Barcelona may seem the last place in the world to ponder genocidal dabblers in t
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

Sermon of the Week: Israel's God for all

(In this 69th installment of the United Press International series of sermons, Uwe Siemon-Netto, UPI religion correspondent and a Lutheran lay theologian, refle
UWE SIEMON-NETTO

Joe Bob's week in review

President Bush convened an economic forum at Waco's Baylor University, home of the Bears, instead of Chicago's United Center, home of the Bulls, then made a spe
JOE BOB BRIGGS
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Heinrich Luitpold Himmler (pronounced   ( listen) 7 October 1900 – 23 May 1945) was Reichsführer of the SS, a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party. As Chief of the German Police and later the Minister of the Interior, Himmler oversaw all internal and external police and security forces, including the Gestapo (Secret State Police). Serving as Reichsführer and later as Commander of the Replacement (Home) Army and General Plenipotentiary for the entire Reich's administration (Generalbevollmächtigter für die Verwaltung), Himmler rose to become the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.

As overseer of the concentration camps, extermination camps, and Einsatzgruppen (literally: task forces, often used as killing squads), Himmler coordinated the killing of some six million Jews, between 200,000 and 500,000 Roma, many prisoners of war, and possibly another three to four million Poles, communists, or other groups whom the Nazis deemed unworthy to live or simply "in the way", including homosexuals, people with physical and mental disabilities, Jehovah's Witnesses and members of the Confessing Church. Shortly before the end of the war, he offered to surrender both Germany and himself to the Western Allies if he were spared prosecution. After being arrested by British forces, he committed suicide before he could be questioned.

Heinrich Himmler was born in Munich to a Roman Catholic Bavarian middle-class family. His father was Joseph Gebhard Himmler, a secondary-school teacher and principal of the prestigious Wittelsbacher Gymnasium. His mother was Anna Maria Himmler (maiden name Heyder), a devout Roman Catholic. He had an older brother, Gebhard Ludwig Himmler, who was born on 29 July 1898, and a younger brother, Ernst Hermann Himmler, born on 23 December 1905.

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