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Heinrich Himmler

             Many people were involved in the Holocaust. Just a few of them include Nazi officers, Jews, German police, and the army. Some involved were exemplary towards the Jewish people, however, most were terrible. Heinrich Himmler was, like the majority, among those that frightfully mistreated the Jews, as well as others. Himmler's early life was like any other child's, near complete innocence. He differed though in his adult and Nazi lives, which are both dark and disturbing.
             To begin, Himmler was born in Munich, Germany. This event occurred on October 7, 1900. Himmler's father was a teacher, whereas his mother stayed home. He was educated in a secondary school in Landshut. Himmler grew up as a slightly whimsical and eccentric chicken farmer. He briefly served as an officer cadet in the Eleventh Bavarian Regiment at the end of World War I. He later earned a diploma in agriculture from Munich Technical High School where he studied from 1918 to 1922.
             Himmler also had an interesting adult life. He was a lifetime follower of Adolf Hitler, even through his unsuccessful attempts to gain power. He started out working as a salesman for a firm of fertilizer manufacturers. After marrying in 1927, Himmler returned to poultry farming for a period, but was unsuccessful in the business. He became the head of the SS (Security Service), in 1929. Other names for the SS include the Black Shirts and the Shutzstaffel. By 1933, he had set up the first concentration camp in Dachau and, with Hitler's enthusiastic encouragement, greatly extended the network of concentration camps and those who qualified for being imprisoned there. Himmler took over the political police system and converted it to the Gestapo between 1933 and 1934. The turning point in Himmler's career was when he masterminded the Blood Purge of June 30, 1934. In June 1936, he became the chief of the entire German police system. Heinrich Himmler was a busy man, as he was appointed minister of the interior in 1943.

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