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Gudrun Margarete Elfriede Emma Anna Burwitz (born Himmler, 8 August 1929) is the daughter of Margarete Himmler
Margarete Himmler
and Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer-SS, leading member of the Nazi
Party (NSDAP), and chief architect of the Final Solution.[1] After the allied victory, she was arrested and made to testify at the Nuremberg
trials. Having never renounced 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 2 Nazi
sympathies 3 Notes 4 References

Relationship with her father[edit]

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 Interior in Nazi
Germany. She was the only child of Himmler and his wife Margarete Siegroth, née Boden,[2] though her parents later adopted a son. (Himmler also had two children with his secretary, Hedwig Potthast.[3]) Gudrun was born in Munich
and baptised a Protestant. Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
adored his daughter and had her regularly flown to his offices in Berlin
from Munich
where she lived with her mother.[4] 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.[5] She accompanied her father on some official duties. 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.[4] 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 Nuremberg
to testify at the trials, and were released in November 1946.[6] 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.[4] 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.[7] Nazi
sympathies[edit] She married the journalist and author Wulf Dieter Burwitz, who would become a party official in the Bavarian section of the far-right NPD,[2] 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".[8] For decades Gudrun Burwitz
Gudrun Burwitz
has been a prominent public figure in Stille Hilfe
Stille Hilfe
(Silent Aid). At various meetings, for instance the annual Ulrichsberg gathering
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 Nazi
princess" ("schillernde Nazi-Prinzessin").[9] Peter Finkelgrun, a German-Jewish investigative journalist, discovered that Burwitz also supported an ex- Nazi
war criminal who allegedly kicked his father to death.[7] Notes[edit]

^ Browning, Christopher R. (2004). The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi
Jewish Policy, September 1939 – March 1942. Comprehensive History of the Holocaust. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 36–110. ISBN 0-8032-1327-1.  ^ a b Kelerhoff, Sven Felix; Meyer, Simone; Schuster, Jacques; 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 2008.  ^ 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
Gudrun Burwitz
und die „Stille Hilfe“: Die schillernde Nazi-Prinzessin; in: Der Tagesspiegel, 10 June 2001 (In German)


Andersen, Dan H. (2007). Nazimyter—blodreligion og dødskult i Det 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
Stille Hilfe
für braune Kameraden. Christoph Links Verlag, Berlin
2001, ISBN 3-86153-231-X (in German)

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Heinrich Himmler

Reichsführer-SS Chief of German Police Minister of the Interior


Himmler's service record Ideology of the SS Personal Staff Reichsführer-SS Freundeskreis Reichsführer-SS
("Circle of Friends of the Reichsführer-SS") Adolf Hitler Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
(Chief of the RSHA) Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
(successor as Chief of the RSHA) Karl Wolff
Karl Wolff
(Chief of Personal Staff) Hedwig Potthast
Hedwig Potthast
(secretary) Rudolf Brandt
Rudolf Brandt
(Personal Administrative Officer to RFSS) Hermann Gauch
Hermann Gauch
(adjutant) Werner Grothmann
Werner Grothmann
(aide-de-camp) Heinz Macher (second personal assistant) Walter Schellenberg
Walter Schellenberg
(personal aide) Karl Maria Wiligut (occultist)


Schutzstaffel Gestapo Ahnenerbe Lebensborn Reich Central Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion

Responsibility for the Holocaust

The Holocaust Porajmos Crimes against Poles Crimes against Soviet POWs Persecution of Slavs in Eastern Europe Persecution of homosexuals Action T4 Persecution of Serbs Suppression of Freemasonry Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses Persecution of black people Kommandostab Reichsführer-SS Volksliste Operation Reinhard Hegewald Posen speeches Himmler-Kersten Agreement


Margarete Himmler
Margarete Himmler
(wife) Gudrun Burwitz
Gudrun Burwitz
(daughter) Hedwig Potthast
Hedwig Potthast
(mistress) Gebhard Ludwig (older brother) Ernst (younger brother) Katrin Himmler (great-niece) Heinz Kokott (brother-in-law) Richard Wendler
Richard Wendler


Operation Himmler Army Group Oberrhein Army Group Vistula Operation Nordwind

Failed assassins

Václav Morávek Claus von Stauffenberg Henning von Tresckow


Erhard Heiden
Erhard Heiden
(predecessor as Reichsführer-SS) Karl Hanke
Karl Hanke
(successor as Reichsführer-SS) Falk Zipperer (closest friend) Karl Gebhardt
Karl Gebhardt
(personal physician) Felix Kersten (personal masseur) Hugo Blaschke (dentist) Sidney Excell
Sidney Excell
(man who arrested Himmler)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 37764