Gudrun Margarete Elfriede Emma Anna Burwitz (born Himmler, 8 August
1929) is the daughter of
Margarete Himmler and Heinrich Himmler,
Reichsführer-SS, leading member of the
Nazi Party (NSDAP), and chief
architect of the Final Solution. After the allied victory, she was
arrested and made to testify at the
Nuremberg trials. Having never
Nazi ideology, she has consistently fought to defend her
father’s reputation, and has become closely involved in Neo-Nazi
groups that give support to ex-members of the SS. She married Wulf
Dieter Burwitz, an official of the far-right NPD.
1 Relationship with her father
Relationship with her father
Gudrun with her parents
Gudrun Himmler is the daughter of Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer-SS,
Chief of Police and Security forces, and Reich Minister of the
Nazi Germany. She was the only child of Himmler and his
wife Margarete Siegroth, née Boden, though her parents later
adopted a son. (Himmler also had two children with his secretary,
Hedwig Potthast.) Gudrun was born in
Munich and baptised a
Heinrich Himmler adored his daughter and had her regularly flown to
his offices in
Munich where she lived with her mother.
When she was at home he telephoned her most days and wrote to her
every week. He continued to call her by her childhood nickname
"Püppi" throughout his life. She accompanied her father on some
She disputed that Heinrich Himmler, who died in British captivity on
23 May 1945, took his own life by breaking a concealed cyanide
capsule, claiming that he was murdered. After the Second World War
she and her mother were arrested by the Americans and held in various
camps in Italy, France and Germany. They were brought to
testify at the trials, and were released in November 1946. Gudrun
later bitterly referred to this time as the most difficult of her
life, and said that she and her mother were treated as though they had
to atone for the sins of her father.
She has never renounced the
Nazi ideology and has repeatedly sought to
justify the actions of her father, relative to the context of his
time. People who know her say that Gudrun has created a "golden image"
of her father.
She married the journalist and author Wulf Dieter Burwitz, who would
become a party official in the Bavarian section of the far-right
NPD, and had two children. She is affiliated with Stille Hilfe, an
organization formed to aid former SS members, which assisted Klaus
Barbie of the Lyon
Gestapo and Martin Sommer, otherwise known as the
"Hangman of Buchenwald", and "continues to support a Protestant old
people's home in Pullach, near Munich".
Gudrun Burwitz has been a prominent public figure in
Stille Hilfe (Silent Aid). At various meetings, for instance the
Ulrichsberg gathering in Austria, she receives the status of
both a star and an authority. Oliver Schröm, author of a book about
Stille Hilfe, has described her as a "flamboyant
Peter Finkelgrun, a German-Jewish investigative journalist, discovered
that Burwitz also supported an ex-
Nazi war criminal who allegedly
kicked his father to death.
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Schuster, Ulrich (2014-02-01). "Himmlers Nachwuchs". Welt Online (in
German). Retrieved 2015-04-30.
^ Andersen 2007, p. 165.
^ a b c Helm, Siegfried (1998). "Himmlers Tochter hilft den alten
Gefährten". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 5 October
^ Longerich 2012, p. 468.
^ Katrin Himmler, The Himmler Brothers, Pan Macmillan, 2012, p.275.
^ a b Sanai, Darius (1999). "The sins of my father". The Independent
(London). Retrieved 5 October 2008.
^ Pike 2000, p. 380.
^ Fabian Leber:
Gudrun Burwitz und die „Stille Hilfe“: Die
schillernde Nazi-Prinzessin; in: Der Tagesspiegel, 10 June 2001 (In
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Tredje Rige (in Danish). Aschehoug. ISBN 978-87-11-11847-4.
Lebert, Norbert, and Stephan. Denn Du trägst meinen Namen: das
schwere Erbe der prominenten Nazi-Kinder. Goldmann Verlag 2002,
ISBN 3-442-15188-0 (in German)
Lebert, Norbert, and Stephan. My Father's Keeper: Children of Nazi
Leadership: An Intimate History of Damage and Denial, translated by
Julian Evans. New York: Little, Brown, 2001. ISBN 0-316-51929-4
Longerich, Peter (2012). Heinrich Himmler: A Life. Oxford; New York:
Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-959232-6.
Pike, David Wingeate (2000). Spaniards in the Holocaust: Mauthausen,
the Horror on the Danube. London: Routledge.
Schröm, Oliver and Andrea Röpke.
Stille Hilfe für braune Kameraden.
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Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-86153-231-X (in
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Karl Gebhardt (personal physician)
Felix Kersten (personal masseur)
Hugo Blaschke (dentist)
Sidney Excell (man who arrested Himmler)