The Fundamental Objectives of Heinrich Himmler (1)

121464Though some “psychics” claim otherwise, it is, alas, impossible to “read the minds” of even the living human beings in flesh and blood (let alone of the souls of the deceased individuals such as Heinrich Himmler).

Consequently, we have no other choice but to deduce the fundamental political and ideological objectives of Heinrich Luitpold Himmler from what he did, how he did it and what he achieved.

Not from what he said (and even from what he wrote) as Himmler was the Gross Master of deceit, deception and disguise – these skills came with his job (i.e., with his position in a highly complex hierarchy of the Third Reich).

Himmler’s decisions, actions and achievements during his tenure as the SS-Reichsfuhrer demonstrate (IMHO, beyond the reasonable doubt) that he had the following fundamental political and ideological objectives:

  1. Acquire the absolute power in the Third Reich (in other words, not only replace Adolf Hitler as Der Führer, but expand the powers of this office beyond any limits – similar to what Joseph Stalin achieved in the Soviet Union)
  2. Replace Hitler’s Führerstaat with Himmler’s SS-Staat – a far more efficient, resilient and durable political and government system (unlike the former, the latter could last a thousand years – and even more)
  3. Replace “Hitler’s Reich” with “Himmler’s Reich” (the Fourth Reich, if you will)
  4. Replace Christianity with the neo-paganism as the official state religion
  5. Transform Aryans into genuine Übermenschen (and Über-Frauen)
  6. Physically eliminate all “social undesirables” (incurably mentally and physically sick, homosexuals, criminals, etc.) – as part of achieving the previous objective
  7. Replace the “Old Elite” (i.e., traditional/hereditary aristocracy) with the “New Elite”– based not only on blood, but also on talents, loyalty and other merits
  8. Achieve high fertility rates among all Aryans (not just Germans) and thus facilitate the rapid numerical expansion of the Aryan (Master) Race
  9. Acquire and subsequently colonize sufficient Lebensraum (“living space”) to support the comfortable lifestyle of all Aryans and their self-sufficiency
  10. “Pacify” the conquered nations and then make them slaves of the Aryans
  11. Physically exterminate the Jews – the adversaries of Germans (and other Aryans) in the existential “racial war”

 

What Exactly Was the SS?

SS ButtonIt is an indisputable fact that the Schutzstaffel was a highly complex organization (likely the most complex in human history). It is also a fact that the “professional” historians of the Third Reich (or any other historians for that matter) are not exactly proficient in systems analysis (to put it mildly).

Hence, it is no surprise at all that so far no one has provided a satisfactory answer to a fundamental question: “What Exactly Was the SS?

Actually, it is not that difficult to produce the true and correct answer to this question – you just need to look at the SS (and its history) in the right way (i.e. from the right angle).

First of all, it is necessary to acknowledge a simple fundamental fact: the SS as we know it was the creation, the offspring, the brainchild of but one ruthlessly ambitious idealist – and one of the most brilliant and successful (not necessarily in the positive sense) “organizational architects” and “organizational engineers” of the XX century (if not the whole modern human history). Heinrich Luitpold Himmler. A genius, actually. A dark genius, sure – but still a very real genius.

From the day he took command of this organization in 1929 (when it was still a small paramilitary force of a not exactly powerful political party – yet), Himmler was the SS and the SS was Himmler.

It is also evident that the growth and development of the Schutzstaffel (in terms of size, structure, functions, etc.) not only became inseparably bound up with the career of its Reichsführer, but was actually driven by the latter.

Second, to understand what exactly SS was, we must look at the structure and the functions of this “Black Order” not forward – from the moment of its establishment in 1925 – when it was a very small (and even unpaid!) personal for a minor (and thus at the time insignificant) politician of a regional caliber mostly, but in the exactly opposite direction.

In other words, from mid-1944, when it became a mighty political, economic and paramilitary/security force that all but dominated the political, administrative (i.e. government), professional and even cultural spheres of the Third Reich. The most powerful empire mainland Europe has ever seen (although the leaders of its archenemy – the mighty Soviet Union would most likely disagree).

When you look at the Schutzstaffel from these two all-important perspectives, you will immediately see that the SS was… a tool. An extremely, enormously powerful tool that Heinrich Himmler essentially created (starting with a genuinely insignificant embryo) and highly skillfully used to achieve his incredibly ambitious (to put it mildly) political and ideological objectives (he was a diehard idealist, after all).

I will cover these objectives in the appropriate detail in the next section and now I will only acknowledge another irrefutable fact – that in addition to being Himmler’s tool, the SS had a number of “other faces” (a very common feature for any complex organization/system).

First, the SS became the “New Elite” of Germany (and the “egalitarian elite” to boot – something unheard of in human history before that). The elite that (1) was accepted as such by just about everyone in the Third Reich – from the very bottom to the very top of the “social ladder”; and (2) created almost single-handedly by one individual. Heinrich Himmler. Not a small feat, to put it mildly – and definitely the accomplishment of a genius, if you ask me.

In Nazi Germany, individuals in all walks of life, from farmers, clerks, workers and soldiers to academics and even members of the aristocracy (i.e. the “Old Elite”), flocked in droves to join the SS. And not only for “traditional” (and primitive) ends, such as money, power, career advancement, etc., but to become the members of the New Elite.

But the SS was much more than just the New Elite. It was a quasi-religious community (appropriately labeled by some historians as the “Black Order”) – with its own neo-pagan quasi-religion, rituals, traditions, etc.

Other historians call them “the Praetorian Guards” of the Nazi Regime (of the Führerstaat and of the whole Third Reich) and even the “Nazi Samurai” – both of which I find… acceptable, let’s say.

Himmler made sure that the SS became one big (enormous, mammoth, gargantuan) – and, actually, quite happy family. Unfortunately, not only in the benign German sense, but also in a very criminal sense.

Because the SS was, indeed, a very much criminal organization – a Mafia of sorts – as some of its objectives, principles, methods, decisions and actions were unquestionably criminal.

There was a very important (existential even) difference between the SS and the Mafia, of course – while the latter was a purely commercial enterprise (nothing personal – just business), the fundamental objectives of the SS (i.e. of its Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler) were political and ideological, not financial.

However, the SS ultimately became a gargantuan commercial and industrial empire – a vast network of (often monopolistic) business enterprises (literally hundreds of manufacturing facilities and other factories) with direct access to their own raw materials, labor (often of the slave/forced variety) and both internal and external markets.

The empire that – like the “traditional” Mafia – often made money (and a lot of it) using highly criminal methods – extortion, robbery, mass murder, slave labor, to name only a few. Which did not bother Himmler (or just about anyone else in the SS for that matter) because he quickly placed his creation and its members outside the German law. Any law, actually – with the exception of its own “SS laws”.

Now let’s talk a little bit about the political and ideological objectives of Heinrich Luitpold Himmler.

 

Hitler’s Timeline – an Important Insert

Bild 183-R99621October 7th, 1900. Heinrich Himmler is born in Munich, Bavaria. Like Adolf Hitler, he attended the Catholic Church of Saint Michael the Archangel (commander-in-chief of God’s Armed Forces) – only in German Munich, not Austrian Leonding.

In January 1929, Himmler will become Reichsfuhrer of the SS – an organization that he will ultimately transform into an “SS-Staat” – a “state within a state” (i.e. within the Third Reich).

In August of 1944, Himmler will establish a secret organization, commonly (and erroneously) as ODESSA – in reality it was (and still is) probably more like DNSS – Die Neue SS.

DNSS acquired enormous financial resources (mostly from financial assets looted by the Nazis in the occupied territories) and protected a significant number (in the hundreds if not the thousands) of SS officers who went underground to build the foundation for the Fourth Reich.

Runes and Himmler’s Biggest Blunder (1)

heinrich_himmlerIt is a well-established fact that SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler had more than a passing interest in just about “all things occult”. Unfortunately for him, for the SS, for Nazi Germany and possibly even for the European Civilization and for the whole world, he was never serious about occult (any occult).

Which prevented him from using the immense power offered by the occult objects and practices (and he had everything he needed to use these objects and practices to the fullest extent possible). The power that could very well have won the war for the Third Reich.

One of the occult system that he (and the SS in general) toyed with were the Runes. More precisely, the Rune magic.

Rune magic (“Runic magic”) is one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) kinds of magic there is. There is ample evidence that since time immemorial Runes (of all kinds) in addition to being a writing system, Runes were used in magical rituals (i.e. for communicating with all kinds of invisible entities for all kinds of purposes).

Or, which I believe to be far healthier – and what I actually practice – harnessing cosmic energies from the realms of the Runes. Actually, energy – an extremely powerful spiritual energy which goes by different names (I prefer Vril).

In the early 20th century, Germanic (and not only Germanic) mysticism created new forms of “runic magic”, some of which were continued or developed further by contemporary adherents of Germanic (and not only Germanic) Neopaganism.

Not to mention two news systems of runes – by Guido von List (Armanen Runes) and Karl Maria Wiligut (Wiligut Runes). The former appears to be the one most commonly used by contemporary runic magicians (myself included); however, the most common traditional runic systems (Elder and Younger Futharks) are still widely used.

Runes (of all kinds) are far more complicated and powerful objects that might seem at the first glance. They are, of course, “letters” of an “alphabet” used to produce all sorts of texts; however, they are also so-called “archetypal symbols” that represent the most basic human desires, emotions and qualities.

However, the true power of runes lies in the fact that they are triggers, portals, gateways even that provide the magician (if properly used, of course) with the ability to connect with The Source of immensely powerful “cosmic” energies… or with invisible, spiritual, supernatural entities and even deities (the latter is NOT recommended).

As not every sound that the language could produce has a corresponding Rune, it can be surmised that runes were originally used for sacred purposes only, not as an alphabet. And only subsequently began to be used to write names, short messages and then longer texts.

Whether the runes were developed from Old Italic alphabets by Germanic people, who often served as mercenaries in the Roman army (as is commonly believed) or they are rooted in a much older tradition of the “Atlantean North” (possibly a reminder of a very old global tradition) is still an open question.

Regardless of their origin, runes were used for magical purposes and thus were a part of a Germanic pagan religion. Which was ruthlessly eradicated by Christianity (probably the most intolerant religion there is).

However, some open-minded Christian priests (or those that had been born with magical and mystical abilities)… and not only priests quickly discovered the immense power of the Runes (magic and occult rituals were far more widespread among Christian clergy than is commonly believed).

More specifically, the power to help them achieve their political, religious and personal goals. Hence, these characters tried (and tried hard) to get hold of the sacred Runic knowledge even while they publicly condemned all those who used the Runes (and the Runes themselves).

Indeed at the same time when King Olaf of Norway (subsequently canonized by the Holy Roman Catholic Church) had been persuaded to kill all the Rune masters in his country, and destroy all standing Rune Stones, there were Christian priests (and not a small number of them) who were trying to obtain the secret Runic knowledge for themselves.

It is believed that to prevent misuse (and abuse) by such unworthy and ruthless people that Rune masters (allegedly) decided to block access to the enormous powers of the runes by adding new symbols and changing old ones.

As a result, only properly initiated individuals (“righteous seekers”) were able to understand the Runic system and to use the Runes with success (in other words, to achieve their objectives with Runic magic). For those who lacked the proper preparation and initiation, working with the new system became ineffective or even hazardous.

Some Runologists see Runes as so-called “primary abstractions”. In fact, the simplicity of Runes, and at the same time complex and very powerful effects, are a clear indication that these abstractions are of a pre-linguistic, in some situations even non-linguistic kind. This means that we can trace back this type of “creative interaction with the environment” to the earliest origins of humankind, even before language as we know it evolved.

From the energy perspective (and everything in our Universe is ultimately energy), Runes are defining and creating energies. In other words, energies that first create and then implement a certain blueprint (or a plan).

They can do it by either connecting the magician to The Source of immensely powerful cosmic energies (recommended); or to the spiritual entities and even deities (NOT recommended) or by creation of energy fields (artificial supernatural spiritual entities) with a power and flexibility that simply cannot appear when we work with the same energies without the impact of a connection to certain Realms of Creation (it depends).

The “1941 Plot” or a Bit of Alternate History (6)

Heinrich Himmler - Blut und Boden - Peter CrawfortdAs I have already mentioned, SS-Reichsfuhrer had at least one personal agent inside the coup – one Hans Bernd Gisevius. Consequently, he knew everything he needed to know about the Oster/Halder conspiracy in 1938… and in 1941 (we are in the realm of alternate history here).

After he received sufficiently detailed information about Oster/Halder Conspiracy II, Himmler had two options. The first one was obvious – expose the conspiracy to his boss Adolf Hitler, get his permission to arrest the conspirators, arrest them… in other words do just about the same thing he will do after the miserable failure of July 20th plot. Only this time “before it happens”.

However, saving the life of Adolf Hitler was not exactly what SS-Reichsfuhrer wanted. In fact, he wanted exactly the opposite – get the former killed and become a de-facto Führer himself.

So I am pretty sure that Heinrich Himmler (a really devious character) would have chosen a very different – and a far riskier – option. He would have allowed Commando Oster (or whoever its actual commander would be in this case) to ambush and kill Hitler – but annihilated (he had plenty of resources to make it happen) the teams sent to kill him and official successors – Göring and Hess (the latter by that time would have triumphantly returned to Germany).

And then used his Waffen-SS, Fallschirmjäger units and other ground forces of the Luftwaffe (even the Stuka dive bombers, if necessary) to suppress the coup, arrest the plotters, take full control over the Wehrmacht and integrate it into the State Protection Corps (thus executing the very much hostile takeover).

Officially acting on the orders of Hermann Göring – the official successor of Adolf Hitler in the case of the latter’s death (Rudolf Hess was the next in line after the Reichsmarschall).

In reality, Göring who had neither the desire, nor the ability (nor the resources for that matter) to govern the Reich, would have eagerly made Himmler the de-facto Führer immediately after becoming one de-jure.

And in a few months (at most) would retire to his beloved Carinhall northeast of Berlin in picturesque Schorfheide forest, opening the way form Himmler to become the Führer de-jure. Allowing the latter to become the transformation of Germany and German-controlled territories into SS-Staat.

Could SS-Reichsfuhrer have pulled it off? IMHO, his chances were roughly 70/30 versus the Wehrmacht generals.

What would have been the consequences? Had the generals won, we would most likely have seen the reincarnation of Imperial Germany – the Fourth Reich (possibly even officially) that would have been even more elitist and thus even less democratic than the Second one.

In the West, Germany would have returned to then 1914 borders; however, the new government would have made sure that Germany would have always remain one of three global superpowers (the other two being the British Empire and the USA).

And very probably the #1 superpower as Germany would have surely annexed and incorporated into the Reich the whole Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic nations and a significant chunk of Russian territory.

Would it have been a change for the worse for the Poles? Oh, yes. And for the Czechs, too – compared to their independence. For much worse, I would think. The same will be true for the Baltic nations – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, I am sure. As for Belarus, Ukraine and Russia – I do not think so. Generalplan Ost and Imperial Germany are not compatible at all (to put it mildly) so it is very much possible that under the German rule “all of the above” would have been far better off than under the murderous Bolshevik regime.

Had Himmler won… I would expect all West European nations conquered by Wehrmacht to become German protectorates. Their independence will be a thing of the past and they will be ruled by and iron fist of the SS. “The Man in the High Castle” would probably have been a reasonably accurate portrayal of the regime in those countries.

In the East… in the East the Nazi regime (surprise, surprise) would have been almost completely the same as in the West. For a very simple reason – Heinrich Himmler was a pragmatist (unlike the Wehrmacht, his Waffen-SS was a truly multinational and multicultural force and it was him, not Wehrmacht generals who let General Vlasov form the Russian Liberation Army).

Himmler had no desire to fight the nationwide revolt in occupied territories (an inevitable reaction to the genocide of the native population). Nor would he want to see the resurgence of the Red Army and of the Soviet state (also inevitable in that case).

Consequently, he would probably try to arrive at some kind of a win-win situation (for the local population, compared to life under Bolsheviks, of course). The Jews, however, would have been annihilated (there would have been no Holocaust under the new German Empire, of course).

The bottom line: Adolf Hitler would have been gone regardless of who would have won – the SS or the Wehrmacht; Himmler or the generals. Western Europe would have been much better off under the generals and in both cases much better off than in reality – as there would have been no destruction or any loss of life.

Greater Germany would have been much better off under the Generals (the second Imperial Germany would have been still way better than the totalitarian SS-Staat) and much, much better off than in reality (no loss of lives, no destruction of infrastructure, acquisition of colossal territories, etc.).

Poland and Czechoslovakia would have been much better off under Wehrmacht generals than under Himmler (obviously), but much worse off in terms of territories and regime (in both cases) than in reality.

For the German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union life under the Fourth Reich would have been far better than under the SS-Staat. And way, wat better than in reality (no Communist dictatorships, no loss of life and no wholesale destruction). Life under SS-Staat would have been probably comparable to that under Communist regime (minus the destruction and colossal loss of life).

The abovementioned analysis leads us to the following conclusions (which the “mainstream” historians would not like one bit). Had Adolf Hitler won the war, there was about 30% chance that this outcome would have been far better for all parties involved compared to what happened in reality.

And a 70% chance that the outcome would have been highly uneven – for some (i.e. Germany and even Britain who would have kept its empire intact) it would have been far better than what actually happened, for others (Western Europe, Poland, etc.) it would have been worse while for some (territories of the former Soviet Union) it would have been neither much better nor much worse.

Himmler’s Plot (2)

Heinrich Himmler - Grail - Hitler - Occult Reich - Peter Crawford 2013The situation in 1943 was even better. Much better. His control over the security services was consolidate into RSHA – Reich’s Main Security Office; his control over the economy was expanded and tightened (not least due to his total control over the supply of slave labor), more government officials were SS officers, SS-VT was now full-fledged, well-equipped and battle-hardened Waffen-SS, etc., etc.

Himmler carefully maintained the distance (and thus his autonomy) from Adolf Hitler. He deliberately stayed away from Hitler’s “inner circle”, knowing only too well that getting in was difficult, but getting out was utterly impossible.

Hitler was known to issue a very broad – and often vague – directives and left it out to his subordinate to find a way to make them a reality (and even figure out what the hell did the Führer want to be done).

Which suited Himmler just fine – and by 1943 he became an expert at presenting his own decisions and actions as those ordered by Adolf Hitler. In other words, he pretended to follow the orders of his boss while in reality he was playing his very own game.

But the most important (and radical) change was the new position of Hermann Goering who was now an official successor to Adolf Hitler as Führer of Germany (in the event of the latter’s death).

Goering had neither the ability nor the desire (nor the resources for that matter) to run the country so he would be very much willing to make Himmler the de-facto Reich President and Reich Chancellor – if only to avoid following Adolf Hitler into a better world.

Like everyone else in Germany, Goering was afraid of Himmler – and for a good reason; and his Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers), though a formidable force, were no match for Waffen-SS.

Hence I have no doubt that by 1943 (and possibly even earlier than that), Himmler and Goering developed a plan to liquidate their boss (more precisely, to let Tresckow & Co. do it) crush the military coup, execute the traitors and quite legally assume the full power in Germany proper and German-controlled territories.

This is the only explanation why the SS-run RSD (Reichssicherheitsdienst – “Reich security service”) that protected Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders, allowed the plotters to get the bomb on board his plane (!) and the suicide bombers (!!) to come close enough to The Führer to kill him with a 100% certainty. So on about half a dozen of occasions it was the Almighty Providence, not the RSD that saved Hitler’s life.

What was Himmler’s game plan for the “Day After”? Prior to the Kursk disaster, it was obvious – make von Manstein Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht and give him a Cart Blanche for winning the war by annihilating the Red Army one battle after another.

After a year of suffering a 10:1 casualty ratio which von Manstein could deliver, Stalin would have had no other choice but to sue for peace – Brest-Litovsk style (or risk to run out of men).

The peace treaty between Germany and the Soviet Union (which obviously would give the former unrestricted access to oil and other natural resources of the latter) would automatically make war with Germany hopeless for both Great Britain and the USA as without Soviet cannon fodder and mountains of military hardware their chances of winning the war with the Third Reich were exactly zero.

So they would have reluctantly (and inevitably) signed the peace treaty with Germany on very attractive terms for the latter.

By the second half of 1943, the situation for Germany deteriorated significantly. I would say, even radically. Still, von Manstein would have been able to inflict losses on the Red Army severe enough to slow its advance substantially.

Which would have given Himmler a chance to prove to the Western Allies (via skillful diplomacy, of course) that they were fighting on the wrong side. In other words, to provide them with ample evidence (of which after Operation Barbarossa German intelligence had plenty) that the Soviet Union was an existential threat to them (and to the whole Western civilization) while the Nazi Germany was not.

In 1943 or even early 1944 (i.e. prior to the landing in Normandy), this plan would have worked. After the D-Day (and the destruction of Army Group Center by the Red Army) probably not (unbeknown to Himmler, the Americans were very close to the testing of a nuclear bomb which would stop Stalin in his tracks).

Hence the success of July 20th plot would not have changed things much for Himmler – only made his escape (leaving Goering alone in the cold) easier. Much easier, I would say. Easier enough to make a risky decision to allow the generals to blow up his boss to kingdom come.

“All of the above” proves (IMHO, beyond the reasonable doubt) that all Resistance plots (and possibly even the assassination attempt by Georg Elser) were in reality only parts of one giant Himmler’s plot.

the tools that SS-Reichsfuhrer tried to use (unsuccessfully) to get rid of his boss, achieve acceptable peace with both the Soviet Union and the Western Allies and embark on an immensely ambitious project of building the pan-European SS-Staat.

Himmler’s empire where the Mittelpunkt der Welt (the Center of the World) was to be located not in Berlin (I seriously doubt that Himmler would have pursued a technically impossible Welthaupstadt Germania project) but in Wewelsburg Castle.

Himmler was a “perverted monarchist” (his SS-Reich does look and feel like a highly distorted – dystopian even – version of a Holy Roman Empire). Consequently, it would be fair to assume that Die Neue SS (the real ODESSA – his underground Reich) was established as a monarchy of sorts.

With Heinrich Himmler as an emperor and the crown (not necessarily physical) passed to his eldest son (I have no doubt that after his escape Himmler produced quite a few children – in full compliance with the procreation ideology of the SS).

 

Himmler’s Plot (1)

himmlerbSS-Reichsfuhrer (among other things) Heinrich Himmler is probably the most underestimated (in terms of actual power wielded) Nazi leaders. In 1944, when he was at the peak of his power, he was in full control of all security services (order and criminal police, political police, internal and external intelligence services, personal protection services, concentration camps, POW camps, etc.) and wielded substantial power (via the Reserved Army and related organizations that he commanded in the Wehrmacht).

Through the SS-run enterprises, the “Circle of friends of SS-Reichsfuhrer”, control over supply of the slave labor and the SS-men carefully implanted into German economic system, he all but controlled the whole Nazi economy.

By bestowing high SS ranks on key government officials (and even business executives) he essentially made them his subordinates and thus acquired enormous influence on these organizations. Hey, he even had his own army – a million-strong Waffen-SS. True, it was under the operational command of Army generals, but it still was his army.

Thus, he was, no doubt, the second most powerful individual in the Third Reich (after Adolf Hitler, of course), feared by everyone, except The Führer. The latter considered Himmler to be almost as loyal as Goebbels – which was a mistake which almost became fatal.

Heinrich Himmler got his first name after his godfather, Prince Heinrich of Bavaria. True, the latter was not a heir apparent to the Bavarian throne (Crown Prince Rupprecht was), but he was still a member of the royal family of Bavaria (House of Wittelsbach).

Unlike his boss Adolf Hitler, Himmler was a believer in the occult and was said to have seen himself as the reincarnation of Henry I the Fowler (876-936), who is generally considered the founder of the medieval German state (and thus the first king of Germany).

On July 2nd, 1936, exactly one millennium after the death of Henry the Fowler, Himmler for the first time visited his grave in Quedlinburg Abbey – a women’s catholic monastery (currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in what is now the state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany.

These pilgrimages (and quasi-religious ceremonies performed by Himmler at Henry’s grave) subsequently became regular. Interestingly enough, Himmler did not keep these trips private – he publicly declared Henry the Fowler “the first German king” and his grave – a recommended pilgrimage site for all Germans.

These two facts, IMHO, provide the most realistic explanation for all key decisions and actions of Heinrich Himmler. Bavaria was a semi-autonomous state within the German Empire (the Second Reich); consequently, it is no surprise that Himmler began to carefully, diligently and steadfastly build his SS-Staat – essentially his own state within the new Reich – the third one. And became the king, the emperor of this state.

But his ambitions went much further than that. Although he very carefully (and very successfully) cultivated the image of der treue Heinrich (“the faithful Heinrich” – faithful to Hitler that is), in reality he was nothing but.

Considering himself to be a reincarnation of Henry the Fowler, he wanted to become not only the first King of New Germany, but the first Emperor of the New Holy German Empire – like Henry’s son Otto the Great. “Holy” in the occult (neo-pagan) sense, of course. The pan-European Aryan empire.

There was a minor problem, however – Adolf Hitler stood in the way. Hitler, who had a very different vision for Germany and Europe, to put it mildly. A vision totally incompatible with Himmler’s – and thus with his grandiose ambitions.

So Himmler predictably (he was the chief of security services and thus a professional murderer) began to plot the physical elimination of his boss and his own ascent to power.

What was Himmler’s real perception of – and attitude towards – Adolf Hitler? We will never know – and it really does not matter (although I suspect that Himmler probably considered himself an aristocrat by blood and spirit and Hitler – a despicable plebeian).

What matters is that Himmler was very serious about doing away with his boss – and smart enough to make someone else to do it. And to do it at exactly the right time – and in a way that could never ever be traced to SS-Reichsfuhrer.

By September 1938 he was probably ready to take over the Reich – he had a full control over the security services, a decent control over the economy, had his people infiltrate just about all government entities that mattered and recruited a sufficient number of government officials of a required influence.

He was not concerned about most of Wehrmacht generals – if handled properly (and Heinrich Himmler was a Gross Master at that) they would serve the next Führer as loyally as they served the previous one.

He already had the three regiments of SS-VT – the nucleus of the future Waffen-SS. It was commanded by Paul Hausser – one of the most talented and efficient generals the German army could offer.

Through his personal undercover agent Hans Gisevius (and possibly others), he knew about every step of the plotters – long before the set was actually taken. However, he was well-informed by Ausland-SD that there is no chance whatsoever of Germany or France would defend Czechoslovakia from German invasion and that Poland (out of well-founded fear of being occupied by the Soviet Union) will never allow the Soviet troops to pass through its territory to fight for the Czechs.

Hence his assessment of the situation was far more realistic than that of the plotters and he was 100% sure that the Brits and the French will accept Hitler’s ultimatum. Hence, the chances of the war breaking out (and thus of the military coup by Oster, Halder & Co.) were precisely nil.