A groundbreaking history of the Nazi research institute whose work helped lead to the extermination of millionsIn 1935, Heinrich Himmler established a Nazi research institute called The Ahnenerbe, whose mission was to send teams of scholars around the world to search for proof of Ancient Aryan conquests But history was not their most important focus Rather, the Ahnenerbe was an essential part of Himmler s master plan for the Final Solution The findings of the institute were used to convince armies of SS men that they were entitled to slaughter Jews and other groups And Himmler also hoped to use the research as a blueprint for the breeding of a new Europe in a racially purer mold.The Master Plan is a groundbreaking expos of the work of German scientists and scholars who allowed their research to be warped to justify extermination, and who directly participated in the slaughter many of whom resumed their academic positions at war s end It is based on Heather Pringle s extensive original research, including previously ignored archival material and unpublished photographs, and interviews with living members of the institute and their survivors.A sweeping history told with the drama of fiction, The Master Plan is at once horrifying, transfixing, and monumentally important to our comprehension of how something as unimaginable as the Holocaust could have progressed from fantasy to reality....
|Title||:||The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust|
|Publisher||:||Hachette Books February 15, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
|File Size||:||899 KB|
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The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust Reviews
A magnificent ,modern examination of how Hitler and Himmler attempted to replace Christianity but "inventing" their version of prehistoric Germanic history and culture and using that as the 'new church' for the Germanic peoples. They also tried to define exactly who the Jews were , and how to rid Europe of them and their culture through mass murder. This is one of the four best books I have read on World War 2 in the past 50 years ( the others being Rick Atkinson's The Guns at Last Light, Anthony Beevor's "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy ", "The Avengers " by Rich Cohen (Jewish partisans in Latvia ) and the Master Plan by Heather Pringle. All highly recommended . Howard D White, 1-14-2015
This is a good book to include in your list, if you are interested in learning more about the Ahnenerbe and their expeditions
I've been a fan of Heather Pringle ever since I picked up The Mummy Congress and spent an entire day in Acapulco in my room reading it in preference to splashing about in the Pacific. This book is, of course, entirely different and concerns the efforts of Heinrich Himmler to establish a anthropologic/historical "school" called the Ahnenerbe to indoctrinate young Nazis by advancing the theory of the "master race" and tracking the history of advanced civilizations back to thier presumed Aryan ancestors.
well researched wolfram sievers himmlers researcher and a member of the SS heather pringle did her research well since 1923 national socialists were vying for power as it spread across Europe with one country after another falling to the wermacht france Netherlands Poland Italy Romania the SS thought they would win,they did not win.once the USA developed the atomic bomb it was all over.however books like this give us a look at the runes the lwgend of the SS the daggers the awards the nice looking silver and black uniforms the power the intising of the young wanting to belong the hitler youth the german girls movement ect ect the hate process indoctrinated to all these people who served the third reich,facinating reading I couldn't put it down goes with Himmler by peter longrich,richard Rhodes dark sun Himmler peter padfield/devils adjutant Michael Reynolds author about obersturmbannfufer jochen peiper knights cross ,knights cross with oakleaves knights cross with swords true real frightening ,read it.
Although I enjoyed the read, by the end I was left somewhat disappointed by the content. The details of the Nazi occult belief system are glazed over. I understand that this is a difficult topic to get to the bottom of, and many have tried before, but the author seems more at home dealing with the external logistics of Himmler's strategy rather than explaining the ideology that lay behind. When reading of the primeval blond-haired master race I couldn't help thinking of the "Nordic" aliens who feature so regularly in UFO abduction stories and in alien conspiracy books, and how Nazi scientists appeared in Speilberg's "Taken" series working hand in hand with the little grey aliens on the operating tables. No doubt a respected journalist, such as Ms Pringle, would be disinclined to follow that line of thought, but I wouldn't put it past Himmler. He was also inhuman. But more to the point, why would Himmler, or Hitler for that matter, be so obsessed with tall, blond hair blue-eyed types when they so obviously did not resemble them? Did the thought not occur to the author? It must have.
Still troubling as to the whys and wherefores, Nazi strategies and priorities literally are beyond comprehension. I have little doubt that Heather's book has been carefully constructed. What she has left out and what little British/American intelligence have declassified even 60 years later mark a story that is still being told. It is another tale as to when the next chapter begins or, if it already has, the next illustration.