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    Post ϟϟ-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich (ᛉ1904 – ᛣ1942): An Example for Future Generations


    by H.H. Norden

    Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich was born on 7th March 1904 in Halle an der Saale. He was the son of Richard Bruno Heydrich, a composer and Elisabeth Anna Amalia Krantz. The father was at the time of his birth director of a music school. Reinhard visited the Reform-Realgymnasium at the Hedwigstraße in Halle an der Saale.

    Already as a scholar he was very educated. He studied for instance the book „Histoire de la civilisation“ by the French author Charles Seignobos and discussed the contents with his friend Erich Schultze.

    After having finished his grammar-school Reinhard Heydrich Joined the Reichsmarine as a see-cadet in Kiel-Holtenau. The influence of the famous „Seeteufel“ Graf Luckner, who stayed frequently as a guest at the residence of the Heydrich-family, certainly played a part with regard to Heydrich’s choice for a career with the navy. He started his service with the Crew 22.

    After a training-period of four and a half years he was promoted Leutnant zur See on 1st October 1926 and then educated for a liaison officer. In 1928 he became Oberleutnant zur See. According to the later vice-admiral Kleikamp Heydrich was a man who as far as talent, knowledge and skillfulness were concerned, stood far above the average. Nothing seemed to obstruct a successful career with the navy. Destiny however had decreed otherwise.

    On 6th December 1930 Oberleutnant Heydrich met with the eighteen years old Lina von Osten. She came from the island Fehmarn in the Ostsee where her father was a school-master. On Boxing-day 1930 the couple became engaged. Heydrich sent his engagement-card also to a former girlfriend who was the daughter of an influential industrialist. The latter demanded from Heydrich that he would marry his daughter who wished to be Heydrich’s fiancée herself.

    When he refused this, the father lodged a complaint through admiral Raeder resulting in Heydrich being summoned before a navy court of honor. Giving effect to a recommendation of this court of honour admiral Raeder decided that Oberleutnant zur See Reinhard Heydrich had to be dismissed from the navy. It is remarkable that one has never discovered a written piece of evidence relating to the described court of honor-procedure. Heydrich was convinced that he was dismissed from the navy because of political reasons.

    Through the later ϟϟ-Obergruppenführer Karl von Eberstein Heydrich made contact with Heinrich Himmler who had become Reichsführer. SS in January 1929. Himmler was just in search of a capable man to build up an intelligence service for the ϟϟ. He gave Heydrich twenty minutes time to put on paper how he would take up such a task.

    Heydrich wrote down his ideas, sketched a suitable organization-structure and submitted the result to the Reichsführer who was very impressed and immediately decided to admit the former naval officer. Heydrich who already had become a member of the NSDAP on 1st June 1931, became a member of the ϟϟ in Hamburg on 14th July 1931. He now was an ϟϟ-Sturmmann with the SS-number 10120. On 26th December 1931 the marriage between Reinhard Heydrich and Lina von Osten took place in the village-church of Grossenbrode.

    Heydrich began now with building up an intelligence department. This was in the early days known as „Abteilung Ic“. End 1931 two rooms were rented for the „ϟϟ-Ic“ on the fourth floor of the Türkenstraße 25 in Munich. This was the residence of party member Viktoria Edrich who had been hiding the „Blutfahne“ in her wardrobe during the period that the SA and the ϟϟ were banned.

    In these times Heydrich was an ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer. On 25th December 1931 he became ϟϟ-Sturmbannführer and on 29th July 1932 ϟϟ-Standartenführer und Chef des Sicherheitsdienstes des Reichsführers-ϟϟ. The name of the service was now Sicherheitsdienst (SD).

    In September 1932 the SD had its seat at a small villa in the Zuccalistraße 4 in Munich; Heydrich and his wife lived at the same address. Heydrich as leader of the Sicherheitsdienst was called „C“; his office „Zentrale Dienststelle des SD“.

    In June 1933 Heydrich’s first son Klaus was born. The year of the assumption of power, 1933, also brought the rank of ϟϟ-Brigadeführer. The SD now had its seat at the Wittelsbacherpalace in the Briennerstraße in Munich.

    On 9th November 1933 the SD became an independent ϟϟ-office. During the months November and December 1934 the SD moved to the Wilhelmstraße 102 in Berlin.


    On 17th June 1936 Reinhard Heydrich became Chef der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD. On 27th September 1939 the Reichssicherheitshauptamt was formed with Heydrich as chief. In 1940 he was elected Präsident der Internationalen Kriminalpolizeilichen Kommission.

    At the beginning of the German campaign in the West Heydrich passed his fighter pilot examination. During the campaign in Norway he flew from Stavanger several reconnaissance flights over England and Scotland with a Me 110. For his heroic way of acting he was awarded with the bronzene Frontflugspange and the Eiserne Kreuz II. Klasse.

    In the middle of May 1940 he was back in Berlin. On 1st January 1940 he became Reichsleiter des Fachamtes Fechten im NS-Reichsbund für Leibesübungen. During the campaign in Russia Heydrich served once more as a fighter pilot in southern Russia and was awarded with the silberne Frontflugspange and the Eiserne Kreuz I. Klasse,

    On 23rd September 1941 Hitler relieved the Reichsprotektor für Böhmen und Mähren, Constantin von Neurath, of his office and appointed as from 27th September 1941 Reinhard Heydrich as acting Reichsprotektor. At the same time he was promoted ϟϟ-Obergruppenführer. The Führer relied on Heydrich to make the government of the protectorate function in close harmony with the Reich. Karl Hermann Frank, the Staatssekretär, who descended from the Sudetenland should assist him.

    In Prague Heydrich assumed command during an official ceremony at Hradcany Castle. With his wife and children he moved into the castle of Jungfern-Breschan which is situated at about twenty kilometers distance from Prague. In contradiction to the false information which is spread nowadays the measures taken by Heydrich were well received in the protectorate. Two hundred thousand pairs of shoes were distributed free and the tobacco rations for the workers were increased substantially. Heydrich also had plans to rebuild Prague as a German city and to link it through the German Autobahn system with Berlin.

    Besides the position of Reichsprotektor Heydrich did retain the office of chief of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt. It was in this capacity that on 20th January 1942 he presided at a conference which took place in the villa Am Großen Wannsee 56/58 in Berlin. The Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring had authorized Heydrich to make preparations with regard to the solution of the Jewish question.

    In contrast with the allegations of post-war publicists the objective of the national-socialist Germany was not the physical extermination of the Jewish people but to bring to an end the Jewish influence which was experienced as a burden in all parts of the national community. As early as in the thirties German government departments had taken the initiative to stimulate – in cooperation with Jewish organizations – the emigration of Jewish citizens to Palestine. As examples of this policy I can mention the „Haavara-agreement“ and the „Rublee-Wohlthat-agreement“.

    For a detailed explanation of the above-mentioned terms I can recommend the book „Auswanderung der Juden aus dsm Dritten Reich“ by Ingrid Weckert. Particularly the SS believed in a policy which pursued the emigration of the Jews. It was due only to the war – which Germany did not cause – that the emigration started to decrease. In the course of the war the decision was taken to evacuate the Jews to labor settlements in the East. In this context one should remember that already in March 1933 World Jewry had declared war on Germany. The taking of measures to evacuate the Jews from Europe has been the subject of the Wannsee-conference.


    Meanwhile Eduard Benesch who considered himself as president in exile had evolved plans to have Reichsprotektor Heydrich assassinated. Two non-commissioned officers of the former Czechoslovakian army, Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcic, were chosen for this mission. Together with some others they were parachuted into the protectorate on 28th December 1941. During the following months they went into hiding and made inquiries regarding Heydrich’s lifestyle and movements.

    In connection with the increase of activities of terrorist groups, stimulated and financed by London, particularly in Belgium and France Heydrich – who had with his measures restored order in the protectorate – would be appointed to Chef der Zivilverwaltung for Belgium and North-France and to Protektor of Vichy-France. On 27th May 1942 he would leave by plane to Berlin for a meeting with the Führer. By that time the assassins had chosen a hairpin turn in the Prague suburb of Holeschowitz as the place most suited for the assassination since there Heydrich’s car had to reduce speed.

    On 27th May 1942 Heydrich had left Jungfern-Breschan at 10.00 h.; at 10.30 h. he arrived at the spot where the assassins were waiting. He was driven by SS-Oberscharführer Klein in his dark-green open Mercedes Benz. One of the murderers, Gabcic, aimed a stengun at Heydrich and pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. The weapon malfunctioned and failed to fire. Heydrich now drew his pistol and fired at Gabcic.

    At that time the second murderer, Kubis, threw a bomb which exploded close to the right rear-wheel of the Mercedes. Heydrich was seriously injured by fragments but fired nevertheless several shots at Kubis. Then he collapsed. A Czech lady hastened to Heydrich’s assistance and so he was brought to the Bulovka-Hospital where both Czech- as German surgeons tried to save his life during more than one week. Unfortunately it was of no use: in the morning of 4th June 1942 Reinhard Heydrich died.

    The coffin with the mortal remains of the Reichsprotektor lay in state, covered with a swastika flag, in the court-yard of Hradcany Castle. An honor guard of Wehrmacht- and SS-officers stood watch. In the afternoon of 7th June 1942 the coffin was brought by train from Prague to Berlin to be lain in state at the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, Prinz Albrecht Straße 8, and later – on 9th June 1942 – in the Mosaic Hall of the new Reichschancellery.

    During the funeral ceremony the Reichsführer-ϟϟ Heinrich Himmler delivered an oration in which he pointed out the great importance of Reinhard Heydrich. The last speaker was Adolf Hitler who called him one of the best national-socialists, one of the strongest defenders of the idea of the German Reich and one of the greatest adversaries of all enemies of the Reich.

    The Führer awarded the fallen hero the Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold and the oberste Stufe des Deutschen Ordens. The coffin with Heydrich’s body was placed on a gun-carriage towed by six black horses and transported from the Wilhelmstraße to the Invaliden-cemetery. There the great soldier Reinhard Heydrich was laid to his last rest.

    In which way can we, national-socialists in the twenty first-century, follow the example Reinhard Heydrich gave us during his lifetime? In the first place we have to believe unconditionally in the immutable national-socialist ideology and be prepared to do whatever may be necessary for the future of the Aryan race. It is our sacred duty to combat our adversaries with unprecedented hardness. If necessary we will use conspiratorial means while in other situations we will take up arms.

    We do not recognize the legitimacy of the democratic systems which are governing Europe since 1945 and our purpose is consequently to conquer the democracies and to eliminate the prominent politicians of these terrible times. When we as national-socialists really want to gain political and military power there is still a long way to go. Very rarely nowadays one meets politicians who are as national-socialists comparable to their glorious predecessors from the twenties, thirties and forties of the last century.

    It is an insult for every convinced national-socialist that the Jewish controlled media put on a level politicians who pretend to be nationalists and patriots – just think of certain people in Belgium and Austria – with true national-socialists.

    These politicians have nothing to do with the ideology of our Führer Adolf Hitler; repeatedly they disassociate themselves from the so-called ,,crimes of the Third Reich“. One should mistrust these people even more than the Christian, liberal or socialist politicians; they are nothing but characterless cowards and weaklings. The life of ϟϟ-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich shows us the course to pursue.
    Source: ReinhardHeydrich.org











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    Reinhard Heydrich SS-Obergruppenführer (1904-1942),




    Reinhard Heydrich SS-Obergruppenführer (1904-1942), the Greatest, the ideal National Socialist. Reinhard Heydrich was second in importance to Heinrich Himmler in the Nazi SS organization. One of the best national socialists, one of the best believers in the German ideology, and one of the greatest opponents to all enemies of the Third Reich. Adolf Hitler.



    The Gods of our ancestors looked different. They were men and each had a weapon in his hand, symbolizing the attitude of life that is inherent in our race, that of action, that of a man’s responsibility to himself and to his people. – Reinhard Heydrich.



    “Neither rest nor relax, always keep working on yourself and strive to advance that is the basic creed whether in sport or duty.” – Reinhard Heydrich.



    "We must work on ourselves. We must anchor and maintain the eternal foundations of the ideology transmitted to us by The Leader in unprecedented self – discipline. To protect our Folk, we must be hard on our enemies even at the risk of hurting individual enemies from time to time, and being criticised for our unrestrained brutality from otherwise well meaning people. No one will excuse us, no one will plead extenuating circumstances on our behalf, if we fail in our historical mission due to over objectivity or excessive humanitarianism! It will simply be said that we failed in our historical mission. “ – Reinhard Heydrich.



    "If somebody is our conscious opponent, he must be defeated subjectively and without exception. If for example every German out of pity excludes “one decent” Jew or Freemason from the fight, that would mean60 million exceptions.” – Reinhard Heydrich.



    “It is not our personal happiness which matters, but only whether we achieve our goal or not.” Reinhard Heydrich.



    “The SS man must abide absolutely by the basic principles to be true, honest, decent, loyal and comradely to members of our own blood, but to nobody else.” – Reinhard Heydrich.



    Heydrich was also the recipient of several high ranking Nazi and military awards, including the German Order, Blood Order, Golden Party Badge, bronze and silver combat mission bars and the Iron Cross First and Second Classes. The German Order (German: Deutscher Orden) was the most important award that the Nazi Party could bestow on an individual for "duties of the highest order to the state and party". This award was first made by Adolf Hitler posthumously to Reichsminister Fritz Todt at his funeral in February, 1942. A second posthumous award of the German Order was given to SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich at his funeral in June of that same year. Cynics called the award the "dead hero order" as it was almost always awarded posthumously. The only two persons who received the German Order who survived the war and its consequences were Konstantin Hierl and Arthur Axmann. The German Order was originally to be awarded in three grades, but only the neck order (the highest grade) was ever awarded. This award ranks the second rarest award in the Third Reich (second only to the National Prize for Art and Science). The holders of this award were supposed to form a confraternity. Adolf Hitler viewed this award as his personal decoration to be bestowed only upon those whose services to the state and party he deemed worthy. For this reason, plus the fact that the reverse of the medal bears a facsimile of his signature, it was also informally known as the 'Hitler Order'. There were in all eleven confirmed recipients of this award between 1942 and 1945.



    Biographies of Heydrich are simply extremely biased Allied propaganda describing him as the one responsible for the holocaust. An objective look at Heydrich is hard to find, because History is written by the victors and their exceptional treatment of Heydrich says everything. He is the most maligned individual in today's history books. Why was Heydrich the only senior German figure that the Allies assassinated? Heydrich was appointed as Reich Protector, one of the first things he did was to relax restrictions and to increase food rations and improve the working conditions up to Reich standards. Heydrich was quite popular with Czech farmers due to agricultural policies he introduced which increased their profits. Armament production went up. He instituted a lot of the same programs Hitler had instituted in Germany proper. He was a brave man, an individualist of the first order, an organizational genius, a man of exceptional intelligence and one of the most efficient governors any state or country has ever had. They also knew the resulting inevitable recriminations (i.e. Lidice) would help sour German-Czech relations and push Czechs into the Allied camp. Heydrich had been driving around Prague for years in an open top car because the Czech population was no threat. At factory meetings he mixed among the workers without protection. There was friendship between the Czechs and the Germans. Like the Danes the Czechs accepted German occupation, the German troops behaved well as they did in all occupied countries. There was no tyranny, mistreatment or exploitation, no unemployment or hunger, no national or religious repression, and no plundering or rapes. The Czechs were happy and there was no underground. The Al lies recognised immediately he was very dangerous. The British decided to assassinate him and give the credit to the Czech Government in exile they had set up in London. They weren't partisans, who bombed his car but British-trained assassins of Czech origin, sent to Prague to kill Heydrich. In 1941 and 1942 several small teams of Czechoslovak parachutists were trained at Cholmondeley Castle and Park in Malpas, Cheshire, UK. These teams were dropped into Czechoslovakia to organise the Czechoslovak Resistance and to orchestrate the assassination of SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich who was in command of this area. With the support of other small groups of parachutists dropped later, plans were laid to effect the assassination, with the knowledge and support of the exiled Czechoslovak Government in England. At this time, resistance to German rule in what they had called "the Protectorate of Bohemia and Morvia" was subdued, with many Czechs apparently accepting their situation. It was not enough to assassinate Heydrich, it was then necessary to viciously assassinate his character as well, think about it. In 1933, Canaris was made head of the Abwehr, Germany's official military intelligence agency, and there was contact with British intelligence during this time, despite the war between the two countries. Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Himmler investigated in detail the sources of Canaris's information on Operation Barbarossa, arriving at the conclusion that there had indeed been contact between him and the British. David Irving has hypothesized that Abwehr head Wilhelm Canaris was working for British Intelligence, and Heydrich seems to have been on to him. Canaris realized this and told his handlers, who took out Heydrich to remove the threat to their source. Canaris who was involved in numerous plots to depose or kill Hitler was executed as a traitor on 9 April 1945, in the Flossenbürg concentration camp, just weeks before the end of the war.





    Reinhard Heydrich by H.H. Norden


    Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich was born on 7th March 1904 in Halle an der Saale. He was the son of Richard Bruno Heydrich, a composer and Elisabeth Anna Amalia Krantz. The father was at the time of his birth director of a music school. Reinhard visited the Reform-Realgymnasium at the Hedwigstraße in Halle an der Saale. Already as a scholar he was very educated. He studied for instance the book "Histoire de la civilisation" by the French author Charles Seignobos and discussed the contents with his friend Erich Schultze.



    After having finished his grammar-school Reinhard Heydrich Joined the Reichsmarine as a see-cadet in Kiel-Holtenau. The influence of the famous "Seeteufel" Graf Luckner, who stayed frequently as a guest at the residence of the Heydrich-family, certainly played a part with regard to Heydrich's choice for a career with the navy. He started his service with the Crew 22. After a training-period of four and a half years he was promoted Leutnant zur See on 1st October 1926 and then educated for a liaison officer. In 1928 he became Oberleutnant zur See. According to the later vice-admiral Kleikamp Heydrich was a man who as far as talent, knowledge and skillfulness were concerned, stood far above the average. Nothing seemed to obstruct a successful career with the navy. Destiny however had decreed otherwise. On 6th December 1930 Oberleutnant Heydrich met with the eighteen years old Lina von Osten. She came from the island Fehmarn in the Ostsee where her father was a school-master. On Boxing-day 1930 the couple became engaged. Heydrich sent his engagement-card also to a former girlfriend who was the daughter of an influential industrialist. The latter demanded from Heydrich that he would marry his daughter who wished to be Heydrich's fiancée herself. When he refused this the father lodged a complaint through admiral Raeder resulting in Heydrich being summoned before a navy court of honor. Giving effect to a recommendation of this court of honour admiral Raeder decided that Oberleutnant zur See Reinhard Heydrich had to be dismissed from the navy. It is remarkable that one has never discovered a written piece of evidence relating to the described court of honor-procedure. Heydrich was convinced that he was dismissed from the navy because of political reasons.



    Through the later SS-Obergruppenführer Karl von Eberstein Heydrich made contact with Heinrich Himmler who had become Reichsführer. SS in January 1929. Himmler was just in search of a capable man to build up an intelligence service for the SS. He gave Heydrich twenty minutes time to put on paper how he would take up such a task. Heydrich wrote down his ideas, sketched a suitable organization-structure and submitted the result to the Reichsführer who was very impressed and immediately decided to admit the former naval officer. Heydrich who already had become a member of the NSDAP on 1st June 1931, became a member of the SS in Hamburg on 14th July 1931. He now was an SS-Sturmmann with the SS-number 10120. On 26th December 1931 the marriage between Reinhard Heydrich and Lina von Osten took place in the village-church of Grossenbrode.



    Heydrich began now with building up an intelligence department. This was in the early days known as "Abteilung Ic". End 1931 two rooms were rented for the "SS-Ic" on the fourth floor of the Türkenstraße 25 in Munich. This was the residence of party member Viktoria Edrich who had been hiding the "Blutfahne" in her wardrobe during the period that the SA and the SS were banned. In these times Heydrich was an SS-Hauptsturmführer. On 25th December 1931 he became SS-Sturmbannführer and on 29th July 1932 SS-Standartenführer und Chef des Sicherheitsdienstes des Reichsführers-SS. The name of the service was now Sicherheitsdienst (SD). In September 1932 the SD had its seat at a small villa in the Zuccalistraße 4 in Munich; Heydrich and his wife lived at the same address. Heydrich as leader of the Sicherheitsdienst was called "C"; his office "Zentrale Dienststelle des SD". In June 1933 Heydrich's first son Klaus was born. The year of the assumption of power, 1933, also brought the rank of SS-Brigadeführer. The SD now had its seat at the Wittelsbacherpalace in the Briennerstraße in Munich. On 9th November 1933 the SD became an independent SS-office. During the months November and December 1934 the SD moved to the Wilhelmstraße 102 in Berlin. On 17th June 1936 Reinhard Heydrich became Chef der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD. On 27th September 1939 the Reichssicherheitshauptamt was formed with Heydrich as chief. In 1940 he was elected Präsident der Internationalen Kriminalpolizeilichen Kommission.



    At the beginning of the German campaign in the West Heydrich passed his fighter pilot examination. During the campaign in Norway he flew from Stavanger several reconnaissance flights over England and Scotland with a Me 110. For his heroic way of acting he was awarded with the bronzene Frontflugspange and the Eiserne Kreuz II. Klasse. In the middle of May 1940 he was back in Berlin. On 1st January 1940 he became Reichsleiter des Fachamtes Fechten im NS-Reichsbund für Leibesübungen. During the campaign in Russia Heydrich served once more as a fighter pilot in southern Russia and was awarded with the silberne Frontflugspange and the Eiserne Kreuz I. Klasse,



    On 23rd September 1941 Hitler relieved the Reichsprotektor für Böhmen und Mähren, Constantin von Neurath, of his office and appointed as from 27th September 1941 Reinhard Heydrich as acting Reichsprotektor. At the same time he was promoted SS-Obergruppenführer. The Führer relied on Heydrich to make the government of the protectorate function in close harmony with the Reich. Karl Hermann Frank, the Staatssekretär, who descended from the Sudetenland should assist him.



    In Prague Heydrich assumed command during an official ceremony at Hradcany Castle. With his wife and children he moved into the castle of Jungfern-Breschan which is situated at about twenty kilometers distance from Prague. In contradiction to the false information which is spread nowadays the measures taken by Heydrich were well received in the protectorate. Two hundred thousand pairs of shoes were distributed free and the tobacco rations for the workers were increased substantially. Heydrich also had plans to rebuild Prague as a German city and to link it through the German Autobahn system with Berlin.



    Besides the position of Reichsprotektor Heydrich did retain the office of chief of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt. It was in this capacity that on 20th January 1942 he presided at a conference which took place in the villa Am Großen Wannsee 56/58 in Berlin. The Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring had authorized Heydrich to make preparations with regard to the solution of the Jewish question. In contrast with the allegations of post-war publicists the objective of the national-socialist Germany was not the physical extermination of the Jewish people but to bring to an end the Jewish influence which was experienced as a burden in all parts of the national community. As early as in the thirties German government departments had taken the initiative to stimulate – in cooperation with Jewish organizations – the emigration of Jewish citizens to Palestine. As examples of this policy I can mention the "Haavara-agreement" and the "Rublee-Wohlthat-agreement". For a detailed explanation of the above-mentioned terms I can recommend the book "Auswanderung der Juden aus dsm Dritten Reich" by Ingrid Weckert. Particularly the SS believed in a policy which pursued the emigration of the Jews. It was due only to the war – which Germany did not cause – that the emigration started to decrease. In the course of the war the decision was taken to evacuate the Jews to labour settlements in the East. In this context one should remember that already in March 1933 World Jewry had declared war on Germany. The taking of measures to evacuate the Jews from Europe has been the subject of the Wannsee-conference.



    Meanwhile Eduard Benesch who considered himself as president in exile had evolved plans to have Reichsprotektor Heydrich assassinated. Two non-commissioned officers of the former Czechoslovakian army, Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcic, were chosen for this mission. Together with some others they were parachuted into the protectorate on 28th December 1941. During the following months they went into hiding and made inquiries regarding Heydrich’s lifestyle and movements. In connection with the increase of activities of terrorist groups, stimulated and financed by London, particularly in Belgium and France Heydrich – who had with his measures restored order in the protectorate – would be appointed to Chef der Zivilverwaltung for Belgium and North-France and to Protektor of Vichy-France. On 27th May 1942 he would leave by plane to Berlin for a meeting with the Führer. By that time the assassins had chosen a hairpin turn in the Prague suburb of Holeschowitz as the place most suited for the assassination since there Heydrich's car had to reduce speed. On 27th May 1942 Heydrich had left Jungfern-Breschan at 10.00 h.; at 10.30 h. he arrived at the spot where the assassins were waiting. He was driven by SS-Oberscharführer Klein in his dark-green open Mercedes Benz. One of the murderers, Gabcic, aimed a stengun at Heydrich and pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. The weapon malfunctioned and failed to fire. Heydrich now drew his pistol and fired at Gabcic. At that time the second murderer, Kubis, threw a bomb which exploded close to the right rear-wheel of the Mercedes. Heydrich was seriously injured by fragments but fired nevertheless several shots at Kubis. Then he collapsed. A Czech lady hastened to Heydrich's assistance and so he was brought to the Bulovka-Hospital where both Czech- as German surgeons tried to save his life during more than one week. Unfortunately it was of no use: in the morning of 4th June 1942 Reinhard Heydrich died.



    The coffin with the mortal remains of the Reichsprotektor lay in state, covered with a swastika flag, in the court-yard of Hradcany Castle. An honor guard of Wehrmacht- and SS-officers stood watch. In the afternoon of 7th June 1942 the coffin was brought by train from Prague to Berlin to be lain in state at the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, Prinz Albrecht Straße 8, and later – on 9th June 1942 – in the Mosaic Hall of the new Reichschancellery. During the funeral ceremony the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler delivered an oration in which he pointed out the great importance of Reinhard Heydrich. The last speaker was Adolf Hitler who called him one of the best national-socialists, one of the strongest defenders of the idea of the German Reich and one of the greatest adversaries of all enemies of the Reich. The Führer awarded the fallen hero the Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold and the oberste Stufe des Deutschen Ordens. The coffin with Heydrich's body was placed on a gun-carriage towed by six black horses and transported from the Wilhelmstraße to the Invaliden-cemetery. There the great soldier Reinhard Heydrich was laid to his last rest.



    The death of Heydrich according to Himmler, “hit Hitler harder than a lost battle.” The National Socialist funeral began in Prague where a death mask was made the day he died. The following night an SS detachment, accompanied by torchbearers, bore the coffin on a gun carriage to the Hradshin Palace where the coffin was put on display in the Ehrenhof courtyard, behind a giant Iron Cross, flaming torches set in the wall sconces and a black-and-white SS flag at half mast. Thousands filed past to pay their respects. The funeral service in Prague was accompanied by Beethoven, the SS-Treuelied, the German national anthem and the Horst Wessel. The deceased had been a thinker who had won the love of the people of Bohemia and Moravia. The coffin then left Prague aboard a special train for Berlin to the Mosaic Room at the New Reich Chancellery. The State Orchestra played the Funeral March from Wagners’s Götterdämmerung. Himmler lead the eulogies praising Heydrich. Hitler laid a wreath and said


    “I have only a few words to dedicate to the deceased, he was one of the best National Socialists, one of the strongest defenders of the concept of the German Reich, one of the greatest opponents of all enemies of the Reich. As Führer of the Party and the German Reich, I decorate thee, my dear comrade Heydrich, the second German to receive it following Todt, with the highest award in my gift, the highest stage of the German Order.” The orchestra played The Dead Soldier’s Song –Ich Hatt’Einen Kameraden before the coffin was carried out to Beethoven’s Eroika. The body was then interred in a simply grave at the Invaliden Cemetery.




    S-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich : H.H. Norden : Free ...


    How hated was Reinhard Heydrich in Prague? - David Irving






    Lina Heydrich



    “At the moment I would’nt know where we would be safer than right here, Lina Heydrich, letter written to her parents on Fehmarn, 6 February, 1945, to flee as other women do, is out of the question for me. By my decision to remain here after Reinhard died, I made a political commitment. I am here what I always was, perhaps the only women in public life who has not disappeared into anonymity through the death of her husband. It is therefore pointless to do what others do. If we lose the war, the Russians will know where to find us to liquidate us. There will be no pardon for anyone who was active nationally or bandied themselves about. Either that or the British and Americans will come. And with them the Jews. With our Jewish laws we burned our bridges. The Jews will also be able to get at us. There is no point in deluding ourselves. All this we Know. Lina Heydrich.



    When he was dying Reinhard Heydrich advised his wife Lina to “go back to Fehmarn” and in March 1945 she did, as Germany’s enemies were converging on the Reich from the west, the east and the south. She had the coffin containing the remains of her son Klaus disinterred and set off in mid-April,1945 in a circus caravan in which was later destroyed by Al lied aircraft. She sheltered with Frieda Wolff wife of Himmler’s adjutant Karl Wolff then the American Army arrived. Because as she wrote “I have had to live as the wife of a war criminal .. “ she sent her children to her parents in north Germany. Two soldiers and a Hitler Youth boy took Heider and Silke to Lubeck. Descher the Hitler Youth boy took them on to Fehmarn to their grandparents Jurgen and Mthilde von Osten. Lina and little Marte finally arrived at her parents house on 7 September, 1945. 1946 she went through the first British military denazification procedure. Lina Heydrich feared the British would deport her to Czechoslovakia to stand trial on outstanding indictments. So in April, 1946 she went to Austria where she got work as a milkmaid on a farm at Wels, Lower Austria. On 19 October, 1947, the Prague Peoples Special Court, Department XIII, found Lina Heydrich, whereabouts unknown, guilty of supporting the Nazi Movement and Mistreatment of Jews during her residence at Schloss and sentenced her to life imprisonment, twenty years of which was to be spent at forced labour. The various offences included: starving prisoners, allowing guards to beat them with rifle butts and whips, refusing medical help to a prisoner who fell from a tree and later died, conspiring with the authorities to execute all persons suspected of complicity in the assassination of her husband. 29 June, 1949 Lina Heydrich was before the Main Denazification commission for Oldeburg/Holstein. She pleaded “ignorant of any guilt.” She had been a member of the NSDAP from 1933 to 1945. The Commission put her on the list of ‘Collaborators’. Since 1950 she had been filing suit against the Federal Republic of Germany for a widow and orphans’ pension for herself and her children. 9 February, 1952 she was awarded a pension back dated to 1950. The authorities appealed and after long drawn-out proceedings in three senates it was found in favour of the claimant on 20 June, 1958. This pension helped provide a modest existence until her death on the 14 August,1985. She also run a modest guesthouse at Todendorf, on Fehmarn. Lina Heydrich would not allow anything to be said against her husband. In 1962 she wrote to a Dutch historian: Why is it so important today? Why do discussed? Is it so unusual that my husband is absolute, that he utterly is. I ask you, is a warlord brutal because many people die under his command? Why is sadism, brutality, perversion, read into those decisions which my husband dictated in the course of his duties and which perhaps in his eyes were an unavoidable political necessity of State? We have all become accustomed to judge the decisions of those times from today’s warm bed. In 1965 she told a Dutch newspaper reporter Reinhard had not been anti-jewish. Reinhard had nothing against the Jews and he had nothing to do with the campaign against them. National Socialism was the solution to all our problems and the Führer was a fantastic man, he was charming, courteous and very intelligent.She was buried in the family vault marked Family grave von Osten, ‘Lina Manninen, widow of Heydrich, nee von Osten, 1911 – 1985. Rumour on the island has it that the vault also contains the remains of Reinhard Heydrich disinterred by SS men and brought to Fehmarn.




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    The Swastika our symbol of victory calls us forward
    To hammer on the door of the New Age.
    SA man Pidder Lüng.



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    The fact that ϟϟ-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich was the only German Commander to be singled out by the Allies to be shot and the necessity of the continued assassination of his character ‘speaks’ volumes about him.

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    Churchill, S. O. E. and the murder of Heydrich

    Churchill’s War Vol II

    Chapter 21: One Thousand Bombers P 437 - 439


    Explaining his reluctance to launch a cross-Channel assault merely to impress Stalin, Churchill stated at the time that a failure ‘would result in a terrible consequence to our French supporters.


    The welfare of his supporters in Czechoslovakia, a far away country, was of less concern to him. Two days before the end of December 1941 a Halifax bomber had parachuted two units of the Special Operations Executive (S. O. E.) into Czechoslovakia, code named SLIVER A and SLIVER B, and two Czech army sergeants, Joseph Gabčik and Jan Kubiš, in a unit called ANTHROPOID, with orders to execute sabotage or terror acts grave enough to become known abroad. The intelligence chief of the Czech president-in-exile Edouard Beneš, Colonel František Moravec, had suggested that they kill either S. S. -Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, who was Heinrich Himmler’s deputy and acting ‘Protector’ of Bohemia – Moravia, or his secretary of state Karl-Hermann Frank. Beneš hoped that the inevitable Nazi reprisals would be of such a scale and savagery as to jolt his people out of their passivity. Moravec later stated that ANTHROPOID was calculated to provide a spark to ignite the mass of the Czech people.


    It would not be easy. Heydrich, still aged only thirty-eight, had since his appointment in October 1941 pacified Czechoslovakia by a mixture of cunning, blandishments, terror, and far sighted social reforms; he had brought his country into line with neighbouring Germany’s welfare state. With not a little help from the native population, his police had succeeded in mopping up almost every S. O. E. unit dropped into the country;by late May 1942 only Gabčik and Kubiš were still at large. The local Czech resistance leaders moreover thoroughly disapproved of London’s cynical ANTHROPOID plan, of which they had learned, and on May 12 they sent a message to London in protest; Moravec brought this message to Beneš and to ‘C’ – Churchill’s secret service chief – in person. With ‘C’s’ blessing, Beneš insisted that the operation must go ahead.


    There had in recent weeks been dissenting voices about the future of the S. O. E. , which Churchill had created in 1940, when he had instructed Hugh Dalton, its minister, to ‘set Europe ablaze.’ A running feud had developed between the socialist Dalton and Winston’s favourite, Brendan Bracken, over propaganda in foreign countries (a comic parallel to the Nazi backbiting between Ribbentrop and Goebbels on just the same issue). An S. O. E. bomb incident in Tangier had gravely compromised the foreign office; and then S. O. E. ‘s organisation in neutral Portugal had been unmasked, causing difficulties with the country’s dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar.


    Dalton was replaced by Lord Selborne, and there was even talk of winding up S. O. E. , but Eden urged the prime minister in February 1942 not to take a final decision yet ‘as to the disposal of S. O. E. (Dalton’s organisation). Cadogan had convinced him that the machine merely needed a thorough overhaul. Eden recommended that they make S. O. E. answerable to both the chiefs of staff and the foreign office.


    On April the 5, he further recommended that S. O. E. be run by a soldier (the choice fell on General Colin Grubbins). Eden was never comfortable with the organisation, even so, it was always too big for its boots, and up to some scheme or other. He protested to Churchill on April 7 that he had proof that the S. O. E. was communicating with its agents in special ciphers, which put them beyond the control of the foreign office; and certain S. O. E. officials in the Middle East had made broadcasts encouraging Greek political elements opposed to the king and his lawful government in exile. This Eden pointed out, ‘is in direct conflict with our policy.’


    Everywhere he looked, he found evidence of S. O. E. malfeasance. Lunching with him that same day the Turkish ambassador Rauf Orbay complained that the agency was squandering its funds abroad, and dealing with German double-agents. Find out which of your intelligence men sent a telegram under the pseudonym LOBSTER from a Turkish ship a little while ago, Orbay mysteriously added. In Cairo alone, Eden complained to Churchill, the S. O. E. was now said to employ 190 army officers and four hundred other ranks, not to mention the men from other services. Churchill created a hydra and it was running out of control.


    On May 17 he was reading John Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down. Inspired by the thriller, he sent a note to Lord Selbourne drawing attention to the importance of providing the oppressed peoples with simple weapons such as sticks of dynamite which could be easily concealed and used. But at precisely this moment, operation ANTHROPOID took sudden effect. The S. O. E. ‘s Czech assassins ambushed Heydrich’s dark-green Mercedes-Benz as it slowed down for a sharp bend on his daily drive into Prague. The Sten gun wielded by Gabčik jammed, but Kubiš threw a grenade which exploded inside the car. Mortally wounded, Heydrich contracted septicaemia and died in agony eight days later. Deeply angered by the attack, Hitler offered a one million mark ($250,000) reward for the capture of the assassins; the Czech president Emil Hácha doubled the amount. While the two S. O. E. assassins and their local accomplices hid in a Prague cathedral crypt, the German security forces exacted draconian reprisals; on the morning of June 10 they raided the village of Lidice, believed to have harboured the fugitives, rounded up every male over sixteen – 173 all told – machine gunned them against a barn wall; their women were deported to concentration camps, and their children (108 of them) sent to Germany. The village of Lidice was razed to the ground, and this reprisal was announced to the world. This made ANTHROPOID a success beyond even the dreams of President Beneš and Churchill. Lunching with the king five days after Lidice they both talked solemnly about the ‘outrage’ – but Churchill hoped privately that there would be many more.


    Two days later March 30 the assassins were flushed out of their cathedral hiding place by the Waffen S. S and put to death on the spot.






    World War 2 and the German actions then must be viewed in a vacuum for the New World Order to advance its covert objective of Jewish supremacy and total dominance. Look at it in context and immediately you see it for the propaganda it is.

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    Heydrich funeral speeches berlin, june 9, 1942 speeches from hitler and himmler

    EULOGY BY ADOLF HITLER


    "Ihave only a few words. He was one of the best National Socialists, one of the strongest defenders of the German Reich idea, one of the biggest enemies of allthe enemies of the Reich. He is a martyr. He died for the preservation and protection of the Reich. As leader of the party and as a leader of the German Reich, I award you, my dear comrade Heydrich, the highest award that I giveyou: the Supreme Stage of the Teutonic Order."




    EULOGY BY SS CHIEF HEINRICH HIMMLER


    My leader!

    Dear Heydrich Family!

    Honoured mourning guests!

    With the death of SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Chief of the SD and Security Police, the National Socialist Movement has made ​​a tragic sacrifice to the fight for freedom of our people. How incomprehensible to us is the thought that this shining, great human, scarcely 38 years old, is no longer with us and unable to battle along with his comrades. His unique abilities and pure character, his mind, his logic and clarity, are irreplaceable. We would not be abiding by his wishes were we not here with his coffin, heroic thoughts of living and dying investing us, as they once did.


    Words on Heydrich's Life and His Service in The Navy


    When our people confronted the death of its dearest. In this spirit we devote our ceremony to honoring him, recounting his life, his deeds, and then returning his mortal remains to the earth. We will fight as he fought during his life and seek to fulfill his role. Reinhard Heydrich was born March 7, 1904 in Halle on the Saale. He attended elementary school and a Reform School for his secondary level of education. During his school years, in 1918 after the great break up of our people, the 16-year-old student demonstrated his ardent love for Germany by volunteering for the volunteer corps "Maercker" and Freikorps "hall," which were active in the red regions of mid-Germany. In 1922, at epoch, when soldiering was despised, he enlisted in the navy. He was a lieutenant in 1926 and a lieutenant in 1928 at sea. He served as a radio and communications officer and broadened his horizons with foreign duty and travel.


    Heydrich's Introduction to the SS


    In 1931 he left the navy. Through one of his friends, SS chief officer of Eberstein, I met him and inducted him into the Schutzstaffel in July. Heydrich, who had been a lieutenant, became a simple SS man on the small staff of Hamburg together with other noble, mostly unemployed, young men, who found there a true calling. Their duty was with the hall and they were involved with propaganda in the predominantly red quarters of the city. Soon after, I brought Heydrich with me to Munich and gave him new duties in the little Reich leadership SS. Politically difficult, during the autumn of 1932, he served loyally and steadfastly, despite the many demands upon him. After we came to power, I became Munich police chief on March 12, 1933. I immediately gave Heydrich the so-called political division of the presidium. In no time, he re-organized the division, and in a few weeks transformed it into the Bavarian Political Police.


    Heydrich's Role as a Deputy of the Prussian State Police Force


    Soon the division became a model for political police departments in non-Prussian German territory. On April 20, 1934 the Prussian Minister President, our Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, appointed me to lead the State Police of Prussia and appointed Brigadier SS Heydrich as my deputy. In 1936, the leaders appointed 32-year-old Heydrich, chief of the newly created security policy. Besides the secret police, he was responsible for all of the criminal police. The years 1933, 34, 35, 36 were filled with work and innumerable startup problems. We had to deal with expelling immigrants and traitors. These difficult, painful duties fell to Heydrich's Security Police and the SD, which had to earn the respect of the states and the entire empire. By the beginning of 1938, the security police was a strong organization that could carry out all tasks. Heydrich rendered a great, though unobtrusive, service during the bloodless march into Austria [Ostmark], the Sudetenland and Bohemia-Moravia, as well as the liberation of Slovakia, by arresting opponents and keeping a watchful eye on enemies in synthesis places.


    I remind myself to mention here publicly the thoughts of this man, who was feared, hated and denounced by sub-humans: such as Jews and miscellaneous criminals. Even many Germans did not understand him. In all measures and actions, he wore the deeds of a National Socialist and SS one. From the depths of his heart and blood he made ​​the world-view of Adolf Hitler a reality. Heydrich solved all problems from a racial point of view. His ultimate goal was the maintenance, protection, and preservation of our blood. To carry out his difficult task, he had to build and lead an organization, which dealt with evil, criminal, anti-social elements in our society. There was little joy in this work. Heydrich's view did what only the best of our people, the racially pure of exceptional character, were viable to battle the elements with negative social sufficient hardness.


    Heydrich's Character


    He himself was incorruptible. Flat character and toadies elicited only scorn from him. But truthful, upstanding people, even if guilty, could rely on his knightly nobility and human understanding. Yet he never let anything happen that could damage the whole nation or the future of our blood. No. Should one forget his truly revolutionary creativity in the criminal police. He approached the question of criminality with a healthy, sober human understanding. But at the same time, he tired to make the German criminal police a modern and scientific force. As chief of the International Criminal Police Commission [Interpol today] he gave to the policemen of the world his wisdom, his experience, and his comradeship. After 1936, when his service began, there was a continuous decrease in crime. Despite three years of war, crime incidence has now reached its lowest level ever. People in Germany can walk down the streets in peace, unmolested, even in the hardest times, in contrast to the "splendid, humane, democratic countries." Germans can thank Reinhard Heydrich from the bottom of their hearts for this security.


    Both criminal and political miscreants have been severely handled and our security police will continue to do that. Yet after innumerable conversations with Heydrich, I learned that this man, who was externally hard and strict, suffered deeply on account of his duty. But no matter, according to SS law, which he not allowed to save foreign or German blood. When the life of the nation which in question. He was one of the best teachers of National Socialist morals and educated the SS leadership corps of the security service and led it with unimpeachable purity. To the men he commanded, he devoted love and attention, even in the most difficult matters, and showed himself to be a born and bred gentleman. He was a shining example in his willingness to accept responsibility and was a model of modesty. He let his work speak for itself and never blew his own horn. Many people were surprised he did. He took to the interest in all intellectual endeavors of the security service, no matter what their nature. There was not a trace in him of the fusty old policeman. He worked out the scientific basis for everything and applied his findings to everyday questions.


    Heydrich's Involvement in The War Front


    The war arrived with its many tasks in the newly occupied areas, in Poland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, Greece, and above all, Russia. It was difficult for him, this fighter and doer, not to be right at the front. Besides his tireless devotion to assigned tasks, which he accomplished day and night as one of the most diligent in the kingdom, he spent the early mornings of weeks and months gradually obtaining certification as a pilot and passing his examination as a combat flier. In 1940 he flew combat missions in the Netherlands and Norway. He was awarded the bronze medal flying and the Iron Cross second class. But he was not satisfied. In 1941, at the beginning of the Russian campaign, he flew combat missions, without my knowledge, and I can confirm this fact with joyous pride and certainty. It was the one secrets he kept from me in the eleven years we worked together. He was a fighter pilot in a German squadron in southern Russia, and won the silver medal's front flyers and the Iron Cross first class. At this time, destiny reached out to him. Russian flak downed his plane, but luckily he landed between the two lines and dragged himself to the German side, only to go up again the next morning in another plane. I always held to the view that Heydrich did more important here than as a far off front soldier, even though I understood his need to do what he did.


    He was abiding by the law: "do not save your own blood," and proved himself in combat, even though his duty as security police chief thing in fact much more dangerous. Overload in September of this year came his greatest task, and, as we now know, his great task load. The leader made ​​him Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia when Reich Protector of Neurath became ill. Many Germans and Czechs thought: here comes the fearsome Heydrich, who will rule with blood and terror. But during synthesis months, he showed the world his positive qualities and applied his creative genius abilities in the fullest measure. He was firm, pursued the guilty, and had enormous respect for German power and law. Yet he gave those who were willing the opportunity to work with him. There was not a problem in the many-faceted life of Bohemia and Moravia that this young deputy Reich Protector did not solve with aplomb, guided by his understanding of our laws and our Empire.


    Heydrich's Life Comes to an End


    On May 27th, an English bomb hit him from behind . A person paid from the ranks of the most worthless subhumans had brought him low. Fear and excessive caution were foreign to him, the greatest sportsman of the SS, a bold fencer, rider, pentathlon champion, and swimmer. With courage and energy he defended himself and shot twice at his attackers, though he had been gravely wounded. For days we hoped that his hereditary strength and disciplined, healthy body would overcome his horrible injury. On the seventh day, June 4, 1942, destiny, God the almighty ancient, ended the life of Heydrich, a deep believer but the greatest opponent of the use of religion for political purposes. All of us, the kingdom foremost leader, that he served so loyally, are now gathered to honour Heydrich. He was at the time of his death a paragon of happy family life, and his two young sons are here to represent his courageous wife, who is expecting another child. Heydrich the leader is awarding the gold wound badge, and named, on the day of his death, a Waffen SS unit on the eastern front, the 6th SS infantry, "Reinhard Heydrich." Heydrich wants to live on in our holy convictions, which were his words. He honoured and advanced the cause of those who shared his blood.


    He wants to endure on account of his talents. He was a musical person and a warrior bold, happy and earnest, to unvanquished spirit, a character of unblemished purity noble, upstanding and unsullied. He has transmitted synthesis virtues to his sons, who honour his blood and heritage. His wife and children prosthesis deserve our attention and loving care. The SS will look after them well. He wants SS to live on in our society. His memory will aid us when we have tasks to carry out for the leader and the Reich. He wants to fight along with us, if we remain true to the law until the end. He wants to be our companion in good times and bad. Therefore, he will be present when we are celebrating with our comrades. For the security police and security service he created and founded, he wants to be a model that will never be forgotten, a goal we can aspire to but never reach. He wants to bear witness for all Germans as a martyr to Bohemia and Moravia which always will be German lands, as they have been since time immemorial. There, in the world beyond, he will abide among the great battalions of dead SS men [This is perhaps a reference to the Ancient Germanic concept of Valhalla]. He wants to be with his old comrades: Weitzel, Moder, Herrmann, Mülverstedt, Stahlecker, and many others who in spirit are quietly fighting with us. But it is our holy duty to atone for his death, to take up his tasks, and to pitilessly destroy, without any sign of weakness, the enemies of our people. I have one last thing to say: You, Reinhard Heydrich, SS were truly a good one. On a more personal level I thank you for your unwavering loyalty and wonderful friendship, which united us in this life and death can not obliterate it!






    HEYDRICH FUNERAL SPEECHES - Complete Text

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    Funeral of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Deputy Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, Chief of the SD and Sicherheitspolizei

    An eighteen page document dated 7 June 1942, under the heading of ‘Reichministerium fur Volksaufklärung und Propaganda Einsatzstab’ still exists as an insight into the arrangements for the arrival of the coffin in Berlin and the subsequent ceremonies. Another from the same date, signed by Police General Adolf von Bomhard, also sets out the Ordnungspolizei orders.


    The train arrived at the Anhalter Station in Berlin at midday on 8 June. It was met on the platform by the Reichsführer-SS, Daluege, Frank, and various SS-Obergruppenführer as well as the Deputy Gauleiter of Berlin, the Berlin military commandant, the Police President, and other dignitaries. More ceremonials accompanied the coffin being placed on a gun carriage, and a long procession followed it to the Prinz-Albrecht-Palais in Wilhelmstraße, where sixty officers from RSHA were lined up outside in three rows. As the coffin was carried into the palace, these officers followed with the more senior in the lead, behind Himmler.


    The casket was placed on a catafalque in the conference room where it would lie-in-state with a Guard of Honour provided by the SD. During the night, the Guard of Honour was comprised of Heydrich closest colleagues. Heydrich’s body came home to the scene of many of his triumphs and some near disasters. It was in this sumptuous building that his desk was situated in a finely decorated office. Who would possess the required stature to sit here as his replacement and shoulder the vast responsibility of his position.


    The following morning, Tuesday 9 June 1942, the city of Berlin had an air of expectancy. Preparations were already under way in the Mosaic Room of the New Reich Chancellery where the memorial service was to take place. Seating in the ornate hall was divided into two halves by a central gangway. Special seats were provided for the front row where the most important guests would be seated. The remainder of the seating amounted to 395 places on the right side and 288 on the left. In addition the State orchestra had seventy seats. A podium was in its usual position to the left of the catafalque, next to a stand for Hitler’s wreath. Flaming bowls were either side of the catafalque. Twenty two flags in total were at the head of the coffin, including three of the Waffen-SS, one each from the Army, Luftwaffe, and Kreigsmarine, and one Standard of the Police and three flags of the Police. The remainder were Standards and flags of the SS. The flags were not illuminated.


    Admission to the Mosaic Room was by special invitation only and tickets had to be produced first at the entrance gate, and then again at the entrance to the Mosaic Room. An ID card containing a photograph also had to be produced. Controlling admissions were men of the Reich Security Service. All guests were provided with printed programmes.


    Wreaths were arranged that morning, with fifteen of the most important being placed near the catafalque, and thirty four others at the foot of the steps in the Honour Courtyard. The firm of Grieneisen provided two vehicles to transport the wreaths to the cemetery. The RSHA provided sixty wreath carriers who would be wearing steel helmets. They reported at midday to the steps of the Mosaic Room, along with one hundred SS men from SS-Oberabschnitt Spree. These men were used for cordons.


    At 12 50 p.m., a band and honour company of Waffen-SS assembled outside the Prinz-Albrecht-Palais in Wilhelmstraße. Five minutes later the Honour Escort and pallbearers convened in the anteroom of the conference room. Heydrich’s body was then removed from his headquarters at 1 p.m. and transported just five minutes up the road to the New Reich Chancellery building. Thirty officers from the Reich leadership of the SS had formed up on the south side of the Honour Courtyard entrance. They followed the casket into the building in rows of three, and the body was taken through the anteroom into the Mosaic Room.


    This hall was 46.2 metres by 19.2 metres and was built predominantly of red marble with inlays featuring double eagle motifs by Hermann Kaspar. At the western end was a total of ten steps leading up to a tall double door. Through this door one would enter the Round Salon, and subsequently the magnificent Marble Gallery, which provided access to Hitler’s office. Heydrich’s body was placed on the catafalque at the foot of the western door, crowned by a Kurt Schmid-Ehmen bronze eagle gripping a wreathed swastika in its talons. The same eagle is now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.


    The State Funeral of Honour was comprised of two officers from the SD, one from the Luffwaffe, one from the Kreigsmarine, two from the Party, and two from the Waffen SS. Originally an army officer had been selected, as in Prague, but this was changed, at the last minute, to an officer of Heydrich’s old service the Kreigsmarine.


    At 1. 40 p.m., the State orchestra arrived and spent the next fifteen or twenty minutes tuning up and testing their microphones. The Führer’s wreath was placed outside in the anteroom at 2 p.m., and it was accompanied by two officers of the Leibstandarte- SS ‘Adolf Hitler’. At 2.10 p.m., the flags, standards, and decorations cushions were in place, as the hall was illuminated. All was now set for the largest State funeral staged by the Hitler regime.



    Himmler spent the morning at his office in the Prinz-Albrecht-Straße, After taking lunch, at 2.40 p.m. he drove to the Reich Chancellery.


    The guests were admitted at 2. 15 p.m. They included the Reichsminister, Reichsleitr, State Secretaries, Reichsstatthalter, Gauleiter, Generals, Admirals, SA and SS officers, Party officials, and members of the Protectorate Government. The hall was soon filled to capacity. At 2.50 p.m., the wreath of the Führer was brought into the Mosaic Room by two officers of the Führerbegleitkommando and taken to the right of the podium. Five minutes later, SS-Brigadeführer Prof. Dr. Karl Gebhardt arrived with Klaus and Heider Heydrich and Frau Trenkley, who was looking after the two boys. Gebhardt escorted the two boys to their seats in the front row on the right side. Hitler entered at 3 p.m. exactly, escorted by Himmler.


    The State orchestra under the leadership of Professor Heger, played melancholy music from ‘Götterdämmerung’ by Richard Wagner. This lasted twelve minutes and was followed by the Reichführer-SS rising to his feet and taking his place at the podium for his memorial speech, which lasted fifteen minutes:


    My Führer!


    Dear Family Heydrich!


    Honoured mourning guests!



    With the death of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Deputy Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, Chief of the SD and Sicherheitspolizei, the National Socialist movement has made yet another sacrificial contribution to our peoples struggle for freedom.


    How incomprehensible to us is the thought that this shining, great human, scarcely 38 years old, is no longer with us and unable to battle along with his friends. His unique abilities and pure character, his mind, his logic and clarity, are irreplaceable. We would not be abiding by his wishes were we not here with his coffin, heroic thoughts of living and dying investing us, as they once did when our Volk confronted the death of its dearest.


    In this spirit, we devote our ceremony to honouring him, recounting his life, his deeds, and then returning his mortal remains to the earth. We will fight as he fought during his life and seek to fulfil his role.



    Reinhard Heydrich was born 7 March 1904 in Halle an der Saale. He attended Volksschule and a Reform High School. During his school years, in 1918 after the great break up of our Volk, the 16-year-old student demonstrated his ardent love for Germany by volunteering for the Freikorps ‘Maercker’ and Freikorps ‘Halle’, which were active in the red regions of mid-Germany. In 1926 he was a Leutnant, 1928 Oberleutnant zur See. He served as a radio and communications officer and broadened his horizons with foreign duty and travel. In 1931 he left the navy.


    Through one of his friends, SS-Oberführer von Eberstein, I met him and inducted him that July into the Schutzstaffel. Heydrich who had been a Leutnant, became a simple SS man on the small Hamburg staff, together with other noble, mostly unemployed young men, who found there a true calling. Their duty was the Saal war and they were involved with propaganda in the predominantly red quarter of the city. Soon after I brought Heydrich with me to Munich and gave him new duties in the Reichsführung-SS.


    During the politically difficult autumn of 1932 he served loyally and steadfastly, despite the many demands on him.


    After we came to power, I became Munich police chief on 12 March 1933. I immediately gave Heydrich the so-called political division of the presidium. In no time he re-organised the division, and in a few weeks transformed it into the Bavarian Political Police. Soon the division became a model for political police departments in non-Prussian German territory. On 20 April 1934 the Prussian Minister President, our Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring appointed me to lead the State Police of Prussia and appointed SS-Brigadeführer Heydrich as my deputy. In 1936 the Führer appointed 32 year-old Heydrich chief of the newly created Sicherheitspolizei. Besides the Sicherheitspolizei he was responsible for all of the Kriminalpolizei.


    The years 1933,’34, ’35, ’36, were filled with work and innumerable start-up problems. We had to deal with expelling immigrants and traitors. These difficult, painful duties fell to Heydrich’s security police and the SD, which had to earn the respect of the states and the entire Reich.


    By the beginning of 1938 the security police was a strong organization that could carry out all tasks. Heydrich rendered a great, but unobtrusive, service during the bloodless march into Ostmark (Austria), the Sudetenland, and Bohemia-Moravia, as well as the liberation of Slovakia, by arresting opponents and keeping a watchful eye on enemies in these places.


    I would like to mention here publicly the thoughts of this man, who was feared, hated, and denounced by sub-humans, such as jews and miscellaneous criminals. Even many Germans did not understand him.


    All measure and actions he took were the deeds of a National Socialist and SS man. From the depths of his heart and blood he made the world-view of Adolf Hitler a reality. All problems Heydrich solved from a racial point of view. His ultimate goal was the maintainance, protection and preservation of our blood.


    To carry out this difficult task, he had to build and lead an organization, which dealt with evil, criminal, anti-social elements in our society. There was little joy in this work.


    Heydrich’s view was that only the best of our Volk, the racially pure of exceptional character, were able to battle the negative social elements with sufficient hardness. He himself was incorruptible. Flatterers and toadies elicited only scorn from him. But truthful upstanding people, even if guilty, could rely on his knightly nobility. Yet he never let anything happen that could damage the whole nation or the future of our blood.


    No one should forget his truly revolutionary creativity in the criminal police. He approached the question of criminality with a healthy, sober human understanding. But at the same time he tried to make the German criminal police a modern and scientific force. As chief of the International Criminal Police Commission he gave to the policemen of the world his wisdom, his experience, and his comradeship. After 1936, when his service begun, there was a continuous decrease in crime. Despite three years of war, crime incidence has now reached its lowest level ever. People in Germany can walk down the streets in peace, unmolested, even in the hardest times, in contrast to the ‘splendid, humane, democratic countries’. Germans can thank Reinhard Heydrich from the bottom of their hearts for this security. Both criminal and political miscreants have been severely handled and our security police will continue to do so.


    Yet after innumerable conversations with Hydrich, I learned that this man, who was eternally hard and strict, suffered deeply on account of his duty. But no matter, according to SS law he was allowed to spare foreign or German blood when the life of the nation was in question. He was one of the best teachers of National Socialist morals and educated the SS Führerkorps of the security service and led it with unimpeachable purity.


    To the men he commanded, he devoted love and attention, even in the most difficult of matters, and showed himself to be a born and breed gentleman. He was a shining example in his willingness to accept responsibility and was a model of modesty. He let his work speak for itself and never blew his own horn. Many people were surprised that he took an interest in all the intellectual endeavours of the security service, no matter what their nature. There was not a trace in him of the fusty old policeman. He worked out the scientific basis for everything and applied his findings to everyday questions.


    The war arrived with its many tasks in newly occupied areas, in Poland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, Greece, and above all, Russia.


    It was difficult for him, this fighter and doer, not to be right at the front. Besides his tireless devotion to assigned tasks, which he accomplished day and night as the most diligent man in the Reich, he spent the early mornings of weeks and months gradually obtaining certification as a pilot and passing his examination as a combat flier. He flew combat missions in the Netherlands and Norway. He was awarded the bronze Frontflugspange and the Iron Cross Second class, but he was not satisfied.


    In 1941, at the beginning of the Russian campaign, he flew combat missions, without my knowledge, and I can confirm this fact with joyous pride and certainty. It was the one secret he kept from me in the eleven years we worked together. He was a fighter pilot in a German squadron in southern Russia, and won the silver Frontflugspange and the Iron Cross First class.


    At this time destiny reached out to him. Russian flak downed his plane, but luckily he landed between the two lines and dragged himself to the German side, only to go up again the next morning in another plane.


    I always held to the view that Heydrich was more important here than as a far-off front soldier, even though I understood his need to do what he did. He was abiding by the law: ‘do not spare your own blood’, and proved himself in combat, even though his duty as security police chief was in fact more dangerous.


    In September last year came his greatest task, and as we now know, his last great task. The Führer made him Deputy Reichsprotector of Bohemia-Moravia when Reichsprotector von Neurath became ill. Many Germans and Czechs thought: here comes the fearsome Heydrich, who will rule with blood and terror. But during these months , he showed the world his positive and creative qualities and applied his genial abilities in the fullest measure. He was firm, pursued the guilty, and engendered enormous respect for German power and law. That wasn’t a problem in the many-faceted life of Bohemia-Moravia that this young deputy Reichsprotector didn’t arrive with aplomb, guided by his understanding of our laws and our Reich.


    On the 27 May, an English bomb hit him from behind. A paid person from the ranks of the most worthless subhumans had brought him low. Fear and excessive caution were foreign to him, the greatest sportsman of the SS, a bold fencer, rider, pentathlon champion, and swimmer. With courage and energy he defended himself and shot twice at his attackers, though he had been gravely wounded.


    For days we hoped that his hereditary strength and disciplined, healthy body would overcome his horrible injury. On the seventh day, 4 June 1942, destiny, almighty God the ancient, ended the life of Heydrich, a deep believer but the greatest opponent of the use of religion for political purposes.



    All of us, foremost the Reich Führer whom he served so loyally, are now gathered to honour Heydrich. He was at the time of his death a paragon of happy family life, and his two young sons are here to represent his courageous wife, who is expecting another child.



    The Führer is awarding Heydrich the Gold Wound Badge, and named on the day of his death, a Waffen-SS unit on the Eastern Front, the 6 SS-Infanterie (-Regiment), ‘Reinhard Heydrich’.


    Heydrich will live on in our holy convictions, which were also his. He honoured and advanced the cause of those who shared his blood. He will endure on account of his talents. He was a musical person and a bold warrior, happy and earnest, an unvanquished spirit, a character of unblemished noble purity, upstanding and unsullied. He has transmitted these virtues to his sons, who honour his blood and heritage. His wife and these children deserve our attention and loving care. The SS will look after them well.


    He will live onin our SS society. His memory will aid us when we have tasks to carry out for the Führer and the Reich.


    He will fight along with us, if we remain true to the law until the end. He will be our companion in good times and bad.


    He will be present when we are celebrating with our comrades. For the security police and security service that he created and founded, he will be a model that will never be forgotten, a goal that we can aspire to but never reach.


    For all Germans he will bear witness as a martyr that Bohemia-Moravia are and always will be German lands, as they have been since time immemorial.


    There in the world beyond, he will abide among the great battalions of the dead SS men. He will be with his old comrades: Weitzel, Moder, Herrmann, Mülverstedt, Stahlecker, and many others who in spirit are fighting with us.


    But it is our holy duty to atone for his death, to take up his tasks, and to pitilessly destroy, without any sign of weakness, the enemies of our Volk.


    I have one last thing to say: You, Reinhard Heydrich, were truly a good SS man. On a more personal level I thank you for your unwavering loyalty and wonderful friendship, which united us in this life and which death cannot separate!




    With these final words, Himmler gathered his notes, saluted the coffin, and returned to his seat.


    Himmler’s eulogy confirms Heydrich’s belief that his organization was treated as the ‘scullery maids’of the National Socialist movement and the ‘dustbin of the Reich’. Finally, Himmler expresses a loss of such magnitude that he doubts he will ever find a replacement equal to the task.


    It was now the turn of the Führer to speak. He ceremoniously laid his wreath and said:


    I have only a few words to say of the deceased. He was one of the best National Socialist, one of the strongest defenders of the concept of a German Reich, one of the greatest adversaries of all enemies of the Reich. He has fallen as a martyr to the protection and security of the Reich. As Führer of the Party and as Führer of the German Reich I give you, my dear comrade Reinhard Heydrich, the second German after comrade Todt, the highest decoration which I have to give – the Supreme Class of the German Order. Hitler then pinned the posthumous award to one of the decoration cushions. He faced the coffin and saluted. Next he turned to the Reichführer-SS and shook his hand. Moving down the row he then shook the hand of Heinz Heydrich. The two small boys gave the National Socialist salute when approached by their Führer.Hitler patted the cheeks of Klaus and then the cheeks of Heider. With that he turned and left the room, indicating that his participation was now complete.





    The coffin was then ceremoniously taken from the catafalque and carried out of the Mosaic Room to the sombre music of ‘Eroica’ by Ludwig van Beethoven. Klaus and Heider followed behind, but only as far as the anteroom, where they were again given into the care of Frau Trenkley, and escorted by Gebhardt left into the breakfast room. The Honour Guard, which included Streckenbach and Wolff, moved alongside the coffin into the Honour Courtyard and out into Wilhelmstraße, where it was placed on a gun carriage for its final journey to the Invaliden Cemetery in Scharnhorststraße.


    At the front of the parade was the commander, SS-Gruppenführer Walter Krüger. Behind him came a band of the Waffen-SS, the flags and standards, then three companies of Waffen-SS, one company of the Army, one company of the Kriegsmarine, one company of the Schutzpolizei, and the men of a flak battery. They were followed by a band of the Luftwaffe. The wreaths came next in double rows. Following these were the decorations cushions in front of the gun carriage. Himmler walked behind the gun carriage, followed by Heinz Heydrich, Wilhelm Frick, ‘Sepp Dietrich, Kurt Daluege, Generalfeldmarschall Milch, then senior SS officers, members of the Protectorate government, Generals and Admirals of the Wehrmacht, other guests and finally, Allgemeine-SS men brought up the rear.


    The 3-km route took them north in Wilhelmstraße, across Unter den Linden, and onwards north along Luisenstraße, left into Invalidenstraße, and right into Scharnhorststaße, where the Invaliden Cemetery is situated on the left. During the period of the Berlin Wall, the cemetery was situated right on the divide and consequently fell into disrepair. After the reunification, the cemetery once again was open to visitors, but neatly all the headstones had been removed. Today it bears no resemblance to the cemetery of 1942.


    The parade arrive at its destination at 4. 30 p.m. The standard and flags of the Police were taken to the graveside. The coffin was carried from the gun carriage into the cemetery followed by the guests. Himmler stood at the foot of the grave and watched as the swastika flag draped casket was lowered into its final resting place. The Guard of Honour took up positions along either side of the grave. SS-Obergruppenführer ‘Sepp’ Dietrich spoke at the graveside and paid the final homage to the dead Heydrich. This was followed by music from the SS Treuelied and ‘Ich hatt’ einen Kamaraden’. Three salvos were fired over the grave by the Schutzpolizei to mark the end of the ceremony. All the senior SS and Police officers then took their turn to stand at the foot of the grave in twos, and give a final salute, as a last farewell. When all the guests had finally departed, Reinhard Heydrich’s casket was covered with the soil of the nation in whose service he had died.



    Heydrich by Max Williams, Chapter ‘Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden’ P 201 – 209.

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