himmler, heinrich

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Himmler, Heinrich [(heyen-rikh him-luhr)]

A German police official of the twentieth century. Himmler, a confidant of the leader Adolf Hitler, organized the Nazi elite forces (SS) and secret police (Gestapo). He supervised the execution of millions of Jews in concentration camps during World War II. He committed suicide in 1945.

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