~ Heinrich Himmler
Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler is the Reichsfuhrer-SS and the de facto Fuhrer of the Greater Nazi Reich. He is also the Chief of German Police in the Reich Ministry of the Interior. Himmler assumed power over the Greater Nazi Reich in 1962, following the assassination of Adolf Hitler and the ousting of Acting Chancellor Martin Heusmann for treason. He took an aggressive stance against the Japanese Empire, ordering an undeclared oil embargo in violation of existing trade agreements and sending assassins into the Japanese Pacific States to eliminate Nazi defectors. He also supported the Die Nebenwelt project, and intended to use it to invade and conquer alternate worlds. In Fall of 1962, during the Jahr Null opening ceremony in New York City, he was shot and critically wounded by an American Resistance sniper and was last seen being moved into an ambulance.
Heinrich Luitpold Himmler was born in Munich on 7 October 1900 into a conservative middle-class Roman Catholic family. His father was Joseph Gebhard Himmler (17 May 1865 – 29 October 1936), a teacher, and his mother was Anna Maria Himmler (née Heyder; 16 January 1866 – 10 September 1941), a devout Roman Catholic. Heinrich had two brothers, Gebhard Ludwig (29 July 1898 – 1982) and Ernst Hermann (23 December 1905 – 2 May 1945).
Himmler's first name, Heinrich, was that of his godfather, Prince Heinrich of Bavaria, a member of the royal family of Bavaria, who had been tutored by Gebhard Himmler. He attended a grammar school in Landshut, where his father was deputy principal. While he did well in his schoolwork, he struggled in athletics. He had poor health, suffering from lifelong stomach complaints and other ailments. In his youth he trained daily with weights and exercised to become stronger. Other boys at the school later remembered him as studious and awkward in social situations.
Himmler's diary, which he kept intermittently from the age of ten, shows that he took a keen interest in current events, dueling, and "the serious discussion of religion and sex". In 1915, he began training with the Landshut Cadet Corps. His father used his connections with the royal family to get Himmler accepted as an officer candidate, and he enlisted with the reserve battalion of the 11th Bavarian Regiment in December 1917. His brother, Gebhard, served on the western front and saw combat, receiving the Iron Cross and eventually being promoted to lieutenant. In November 1918, while Himmler was still in training, the war ended with Germany's defeat, denying him the opportunity to become an officer or see combat. After his discharge on 18 December, he returned to Landshut. After the war, Himmler completed his grammar-school education. From 1919–22, he studied agronomy at the Munich Technische Hochschule (now Technical University Munich) following a brief apprenticeship on a farm and a subsequent illness.
Although many regulations that discriminated against non-Christians—including Jews and other minority groups—had been eliminated during the unification of Germany in 1871, antisemitism continued to thrive in Germany as well as other parts of Europe. Himmler was antisemitic by the time he went to university, but not exceptionally so; students at his school would avoid their Jewish classmates. He remained a devoted Catholic while a student and spent most of his leisure time with members of his fencing fraternity, the "League of Apollo", the president of which was Jewish. Himmler maintained a polite demeanor with him and with other Jewish members of the fraternity, in spite of his growing antisemitism. During his second year at university, Himmler redoubled his attempts to pursue a military career. Although he was not successful, he was able to extend his involvement in the paramilitary scene in Munich. It was at this time that he first met Ernst Röhm, an early member of the Nazi Party and co-founder of the Sturmabteilung ("Storm Battalion"; SA). Himmler admired Röhm because he was a decorated combat soldier, and at his suggestion, Himmler joined his antisemitic nationalist group, the Bund Reichskriegsflagge (Imperial War Flag Society).
In 1922, Himmler became more interested in the "Jewish question", with his diary entries containing an increasing number of antisemitic remarks and recording a number of discussions about Jews with his classmates. His reading lists, as recorded in his diary, were dominated by antisemitic pamphlets, German myths, and occult tracts. After the murder of Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau on 24 June, Himmler's political views veered towards the radical right, and he took part in demonstrations against the Treaty of Versailles. Hyperinflation was raging, and his parents could no longer afford to educate all three sons. Disappointed by his failure to make a career in the military and his parents' inability to finance his doctoral studies, he was forced to take a low-paying office job after obtaining his agricultural diploma. He remained in this position until September 1923.
Joining the Nazis
It was in 1923 that Himmler joined the National Socialist German Worker's Party, also known as the Nazi Party. He eventually developed a great deal of personal loyalty and admiration for the party's leader, Adolf Hitler. In 1929, Hitler appointed him commander of the small Schutzstaffel paramilitary organization. Over the next few years, Himmler drastically increased the size of the organization from a few hundred to several thousand. When the Nazis seized power in Germany in 1933, Himmler's SS grew even more powerful, even supplanting their former mother organization, the SA.
As chief of the SS, Himmler became one of the most powerful men in the Reich and one of Hitler's most valuable agents. He was charged with enforcing the party's will on the populace, conducting military/intelligence operations, and overseeing the Nazis' concentration and extermination camps.
He first appears at the end of "Land O' Smiles", where he personally calls Obergruppenführer Smith to inform him that Hitler had collapsed and that it was unknown if he would survive. He is then by Hitler's side when he dies and is part of the war preparations led by Acting Chancellor Martin Heusmann, where he shows both an understanding that the Japanese will continue to fight if they kill the Emperor in the first phase and no remorse for the fact that their proposed strategy will probably result in high American casualties.
When Obergruppenführer Smith shows the Nazi High Command newsreel of the hydrogen bomb, Himmler argues for standing down hostilities out of fear of this new weapon. Smith then shows him evidence of Heusmann's treason and Himmler has both Heusmann and his son Joe Blake arrested. He then addresses the entire nation in the Volkshalle, assuming control of the Reich, and rewards Smith with a promotion to Oberstgruppenfuhrer.
While still addressed as Reichsfuhrer, Himmler serves as the de facto successor of Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer of the Greater Nazi Reich. For his help in stopping Acting Chancellor Heusmann, Himmler promotes John Smith to Oberstgruppenfuhrer, making him the first American to hold the rank. He oversees Heusmann's execution and Joe Blake's re-education, which results in Joe joining an elite group of Lebensborn agents, trained in covert operations. He sends Joe to the Pacific States to hunt down the remaining members of Heusmann's conspiracy. These agents report directly to Himmler and get their targets from him. When Reichsmarshall George Lincoln Rockwell gathers evidence against Smith, Himmler travels from Berlin to New York to see this evidence. But when ARBI Director J. Edgar Hoover denies the existence of the evidence, he has Rockwell exiled and stripped of his rank before once again promoting Smith to Reichsmarschall of Nazi America, though he notes that Smith was too careless and that his wife may be a liability.
When Himmler learns that Joe Blake was K.I.A., he is visibly furious and even accuses the Japanese of murdering him in retaliation for the unofficial oil embargo on Japan. He then sends a new Lebensborn agent to continue on Joe Blake's mission; the assassination of Trade Minister Tagomi. When that agent is killed in his attempt and left on the street in front of the Nazi Embassy, Himmler is not only furious, but willing to crush Japan when war is threatened again.
Despite this, when Reichsmarschall Smith reports that the Japanese (alas Tagomi) are aware of the Die Neberwelt project, Himmler is worried enough that he orders Smith to travel to the Neutral Zone to meet with Tagomi and he's later pleased when Smith reports that he was also able to capture the notorious "Man in the High Castle".
Later, Himmler and Smith witness a test of Die Neberwelt, in which 1 of 4 test subjects is transported to another world while the other 3 are incinerated. Despite the failure to transport the other 3 subjects, Himmler is overjoyed to see a 25% success rate. He orders more tests and that the success rate be raised to 100% so that the Nazis can begin to deploy troops across into parallel worlds, thus he also orders Smith to reopen the oil trade with Japan, saying that Die Neberwelt is now "their only priority".
Afterwards, Himmler gives a speech at the opening ceremony of Jahr Null and oversees the demolition of the Statue of Liberty. During the reception, he confronted Lebensborn filmmaker Nicole Dörmer about her time in New York, referring to her homsexual relationship and revealing that he sent a raid to a lesbian bar she was at before ordering her to be taken back to Berlin for re-education. Afterwards, he is taken to see the demonstrations in the streets of New York by passionate Hitler Youth, which reminds him of Kristallnacht. Moments later, he is shot by a sniper and critically wounded and last seen being taken to the hospital by ambulance and is mentioned to be in surgery. As of that, it is unknown if he will survive or die, in which case the leadership of the Reich is in question.
Appearance & Personality
A quintessential Nazi, Himmler is cunning, charismatic and willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goals. He has noticeably gained weight into his sixties and is seen wearing an SS uniform throughout his appearances in the series.
Address before the Reich upon the arrest of Heusmann:
"Volksgenossen, Sie sind hier zusammen gekommen um Gerechtigkeit einzufordern. Aber unser geliebter Führer, Adolf Hitler, wurde nicht durch eine ausländische Macht ermordet, sondern von Verrätern aus unserer Mitte! Der Rädelsführer dieser Verräter, Martin Heusmann, hat versucht Sie zu täuschen! Er hat versucht selbst die Macht zu ergreifen! Aber sein Verrat wurde aufgedeckt durch einen meiner treusten Männer, Obergruppenführer John Smith! Das Reich dankt Ihnen! Das Reich salutiert Ihnen! Lassen sie dies als Warnung dienen für jeden der sich uns entgegenstellt, ob von Außen oder von Innen! Denn das Tausendjährige Reich kann nicht getäuscht werden und kann niemals zerstört werden!"
"Colleagues, you have come together here to demand justice. But our beloved leader, Adolf Hitler, was not murdered by a foreign power, but by traitors from within our midst! The ringleader of these traitors, Martin Heusmann, has attempted to deceive you! He has tried to seize power for himself! But his treachery was uncovered by one of my most loyal men, Obergruppenführer John Smith! The Reich thanks you! The Reich salutes you! Let this serve as a warning, for anyone who opposes us from outside or inside! Because the thousand-year Reich can not be deceived, and can never be destroyed!"
Himmler's relationship with Smith appears favorable after the events of the second season.
Despite being aware of John covering his son's illness, as well as killing Dr. Adler, Himmler continued to favor John and groomed him to succeed George Lincoln Rockwell as Reichsmarschall.
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Notes & Trivia
- In our timeline, Himmler was one of Hitler's architects of the Holocaust. He committed suicide while in British custody on May 23, 1945.
- In Fallout , he addressed the public in the Volkshalle, stating that any traitor would be exposed and killed, but the way he addressed the German public, it seemed as though he assumed the role of the Fuhrer of Nazi Germany.
- Himmler seems have changed his personality according to the real Himmler.
- Chancellor Martin Heusmann, was arrested by Himmler and SS.
- It is assumed, though never confirmed, that Himmler becomes the de facto leader of the Reich after Heussman's arrest. Ironically, Hitler appointed Heussman instead of Himmler to be his successor because he feared the latter's ambition.
- After the death of Adolf Hitler, portraits of Himmler replace those of Hitler in Reich facilities and offices such as that of John Smith in the New York SS Headquarters building. Officials also replace Hitler's name with that of Himmler in their addresses to others, saying "heil Himmler" rather than "heil Hitler". Inspite of this however, he is addressed by subordinates like John Smith and Joe Blake using both "mein Führer" and his SS rank (and traditional title) "Reichsführer" on seperate occasions. This may indicate that, while he has taken the mantle of Führer from Hitler, he has also retained his rank as head of the SS, maintaining direct control over the organization rather than appointing a new Reichsführer-SS to replace himself.