Heydrich: The Face of Evil

 
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This meticulously researched biography creates a complete and balanced picture of Reinhard Heydrich. A leading figure within the Nazi Party, he was responsible more than Himmler for the planning and execution of the Holocaust. Having joined the Nazi Party in 1931, Heydrich rose quickly through the ranks of the SS. By the age of twenty-nine he had become an SS Brigadier General, and his ruthless ambition led many senior Nazis to believe that he was the natural successor to Hitler. It was Heydrich’s initiative to create the Einsatzgruppen, paramilitary units which were established before Operation Barbarossa to murder Jews and political operatives of the Communist party. In 1941 Heydrich was made Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Supremely confident of his authority within the province, he would often drive alone in an open-top car. British-trained Czech partisans took advantage of this gesture, and in 1942 carried out a daring assassination attempt. Heydrich was mortally wounded in the ambush and died a week later in hospital. The reprisals that followed were brutal: more than 15,000 Czechs were murdered and the town of Lidice was razed to the ground. This book examines Heydrich’s meteoric rise to power, his complex personality, and the aftermath of his death: Hitler’s vengeance and the postwar fortunes of Heydrich’s widow and descendants.

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Mario Dederichs was Washington, Moscow and Bonn correspondent for Stern magazine.

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WWII History, May 2007
“There have been several comprehensive biographies of Heydrich, but Mario Dederich’s fine depiction burnishes new faces of the life and times of the man some have called ‘The Blond Beast.’ Dederichs, who passed away shortly after completing this manuscript, had access to Heydrich’s widow’s memoirs and was able to obtain rare interviews with his son and daughter, thus creating a more complete and personal portrait than ever before.

 

“For those who wish to learn more about the workings of Hitler’s inner circle, and the types of individuals who held the reins of power in the Third Reich, Dederich’s book provides a chilling glimpse into this frightening world.”



"With journalistic flair and historical awareness Mario R Dederichs pursues the trail of this copybook-Nazi. He spares readers nothing. He takes them to Auschwitz, and to the edge of the execution trench, standing naked, awaiting a bullet from those less couth than the planners of these murders. Archives from Berlin to Jerusalem lay on Dederichs' path, and everywhere he found previously overlooked witnesses, for example the only Czech doctor to assist at the unsuccessful emergency surgery on Heydrich. By the time he finishes the book, the reader has realized that the face of evil is not to be found only below the bald pate of the stupid skinhead. It is the fanatics with a good civil service background who need watching."
-- Goslarsche Zeitung

"Journalist Mario R Dederichs has succeeded in writing a gripping short biography which is very acceptable in content and style. He demonstrates skilfully the many facets of the 'man with the icy stare'."
-- Ulrike Steinbach

"Dederichs has condensed sketches from Fest, studies by Aronson, Deschner, Calic and Sydnor on one side of the narrative, and enlarged upon them with his own archive research and interviews with eye-witnesses. Many new details and nuances in no way reject the existing picture, however. The text is particularly impressive where the author focusses on the treatment of National Socialist crimes by German justice after 1945, especially the later struggle of Heydrich's widow for her pension rights. Additionally the depiction of Heydrich's web of informers and Fuehrer-elite is fascinating. The readability, scope, adherence to fact, psychological evaluation and a thorough method bolster the author's intention to explain the most oppressive epoch of German and European history to a new generation."
-- Professor Manfred Funke, Lecturer in Political Science, Bonn University.

 

"The central question of the biography is how this man came to be an embodiment of evil. Dederichs approaches the person of Reinhard Heydrich through meticulous research and eye-witness interviews. His journalist's pen has made the life of the Gestapo-chief into a gripping story. At the same time, the text withstands scientific scrutiny thanks to its detailed evaluation of sources."-- Main Echo

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