Posts Tagged ‘himmler’

Title: The Nazis: A Warning From History
Type: Documentary
Category: News, Politics & World War II

How could a political party as fundamentally evil & overtly racist as the Nazis come to power? This remains one of the most enigmatic questions of the last century. Acclaimed historian Laurence Rees examines what led a cultured nation at the heart of Europe to commit the atrocities it did. In so doing, he exposes popular myths & encourages understanding of the real forces that led to one of the darkest chapters in modern history. Was it simply the hypnotic power of Hitler’s rhetoric? Did the Gestapo really impose themselves by terror on an unwilling population? Through interviews with witnesses & perpetrators, along with archive film & records, this six-part series unveils a more chilling reality.

As written on Amazon.

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Title: Dark Fellowships: The Vril
Director: Matthew Bennett

Uncover the truth surrounding one of the most renowned & feared organizations in the world, the Vril Society. This compelling documentary explores conspiracy theories, retraces historical events, investigates internal agendas & uncovers macabre rituals.

Profiling prominent & often famous members, alleged to include many of the Nazi Party elite, including Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler, & even Adolf Hitler, the program reveals information that the most clandestine of secret societies want to remain secret.

Legend has it that the original members of the society believed they could live under the earth & fly to far away stars powered by a mysterious substance called Vril. They also believed that one day they would rule the world. This dangerous group existed at the core of the Nazi Party, & like many dark fellowships, remnants of the group still exist today, almost 100 years after its founding.

In this special, viewers will discover what occult rites were performed by the organization in their dark lust for ultimate power.

Written by Matthew Bennett

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY Tom Chesshyre PUBLISHED ON AF-E

Paderborn is a small cathedral city which is well-served by Air Berlin flights from the UK. The reason for this is that it is home to a big UK military presence. There are about 4,500 troops in local army camps & a British population of 12,000. The cathedral is stunning and it is here, in 799, that Charlemagne was made the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. There is a bustling market, a Tractor Museum, “Germany’s smallest river” (so says the tourist board) & – on the outskirts, near the airport – a very strange castle that has a scary past.

We arrive at Wewelsburg Castle. It is shaped like a triangle, a yellow-stone structure with two towers topped by bell-like domes & one wider fortified tower, sitting on a hill overlooking fields spreading towards the airport. There are leaded windows with curtains drawn inside, dark dirt stains spreading across the yellow-stone walls from gutters, thin sprinklings of snow on the northern faces of the bell towers, plus a definite sense of menace.

Kirsten, my guide, is a bright-eyed thirtysomething, with trendy dark-framed glasses, a multicoloured scarf, red jumper, & bright red lipstick.

We enter the guard house museum, a two-storey stone building with an aubergine tiled roof. Inside, schoolchildren are being shown round a series of displays explaining the freakish plans Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, had in mind at Wewelsburg. There’s a grainy black & white picture of Himmler taken at the castle, with his pudgy gerbil face, glasses, thin moustache & double chin.

“He wanted to make Wewelsburg the centre of the SS world,” says Kirsten, as we pause by a sturdy medieval-looking chair whose leather back is inscribed with a jagged ‘SS’. “He had a plan for a huge ring of buildings on the slopes above the castle. We don’t know exactly what he wanted to do with them. But it appears he wanted to make the north tower of the castle into an SS shrine of some sort. Where people could remember the SS dead. It would be at the centre of a new SS village. This would be where the Germanic elite group would live. Himmler wanted to create the cult of ideology here.” [Read More]

Documentary: Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State

This 6-part series tells the story of the Auschwitz Death Camp, site of the largest mass murder in history. Writer Laurence Rees & his team interviewed over 100 eyewitnesses, including former Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their story is brought to life through the use of archived footage, recreations of key moments, computer reconstructions based on recently discovered plans of the camp & their testimony.

Episode 1: Surprising Beginnings [View here]
Episode 2: Orders & Initiatives [View here]
Episode 3: Factories of Death [View here]
Episode 4 & 5: Corruption / Murder & Intrigue [View here]
Episode 6: Liberation & Revenge [View here]

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON Spiegel

A new German exhibition reveals a particularly sordid chapter from the history of the Nazi concentration camps: forcing female inmates to work as prostitutes for the benefit of male slave laborers.

A new exhibition in Germany opens up a subject that has long been taboo – the use of female concentration camp inmates to provide sexual services to male slave laborers as production incentives during World War II.

“Hardly any other topic from the history of the concentration camps has, on the one hand, been kept so quiet & repressed & is, on the other hand, so tainted with prejudice & distortion, as the forced prostitution of female camp inmates for male camp inmates by the SS,” commented Insa Eschebach, the director of the Ravensbrück Memorial Museum, at the opening of the exhibition.

Between 300 & 400 women were forced to become sex workers in brothels in ten concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald & Sachsenhausen. A visit to a brothel, known as a “special barrack,” was part of a system of incentives intended to boost the productivity of concentration camp slave laborers. These bonuses were not; however, extended to every group of inmates – Jews in particular were excluded. The idea for the forced prostitution came from Heinrich Himmler himself, as a letter from the SS leader on display in the exhibition shows.

Among the around 200 exhibits are index cards where the prisoners, who came mostly from the Ravensbrück concentration camp, are identified as “brothel women,” documents about the bureaucratic organization of the sexual slavery, & audio recordings of male inmates talking about their visits to the brothels. Photos are on the whole not included in the exhibition “to avoid possible voyeuristic expectations,” the spokesperson of the Foundation of Brandenburg Memorials, Horst Seferens explained. [Read More]

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON CANADIAN CONTENT

Members of a charity group loyally devoted to helping their old friends met in secret last weekend.

They arrived in ones & twos at the nicely painted house with a well-tended lawn – ever on the look-out for any hidden observer who may have threatened their anonymity. In most countries, they would have passed for modest do-gooders anxious to conduct their benevolent work out of the public gaze.

But there is nothing humanitarian about this shadowy organization or the kindly looking old lady at the heart of its dark web. For the covert gathering was the quarterly meeting of Stille Hilfe – or Silent Aid – which has helped some of the Third Reich’s most evil fugitives from justice.

& one of its most revered and terrifying figures is the 81-year-old daughter of Heinrich Himmler, architect of the Holocaust. Mother-of-two Gudrun Himmler, known as the Princess of Stille Hilfe, joined other confederates of the Nazi aid group at a weekend summit in Munich.

During her childhood she worshipped her father, who organized the murder of six million Jews in the Second World War, & was worshipped in return.

As head of the Gestapo, he would have her flown to join him wherever he was on his mission to enslave the world. One of her visits was to Dachau, north of Munich, which served as the model for all of Nazi Germany’s other concentration camps. [Read More]