2 July 2018Hot off the Press
Gudrun Burwitz, daughter of Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the Holocaust and Hitler’s second-in-command, died in or near Munich on 24 May aged 88, German media reported over the weekend.
Burwitz, sometimes called a “Nazi princess”, denied the Holocaust until her death, remaining unrepentant and loyal to her father, and gave assistance to former Nazis convicted of or suspected of war crimes.
Himmler would often have his blonde-haired and blue-eyed daughter by his side as a symbol of Aryan youth.
Himmler was the leader of the Nazi paramilitary arm, the SS, and later the German secret police, the Gestapo.
He is considered the architect of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps, in which some 17 million Jews, Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, religious minorities and persons with disabilities were systematically killed, and many more imprisoned.
Himmler was captured by Soviet forces on 20 May 1945 and transferred into British custody.
Three days later he killed himself by biting on a concealed cyanide capsule.
Burwitz and her mother were also captured, and were held for four years in detention facilities, settling in the northern German town of Bielfeld after their release.