history XIII



13th July, 1934 : A mild-mannered former chicken farmer with a streak of sadism has been appointed overlord of Nazi Germany’s notorious concentration camps. He is Heinrich Himmler, 33-year-old chief of Hitler’s black-uniformed praetorian guard, the SS; he played a key role in last month’s blood purge in which many leading Storm troopers were summarily put to death. Until now the camps, which sprang into existence within weeks of Nazis taking power, have been run by Strom troopers. The Nazis claim the camps are mild reform centres for Germans who have not yet seen the light.

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