Once upon a time the Himmlers have been only a basic German family—middle-class, hard-working, well-educated. there have been 3 brothers, Gebhart, Heinrich, and Ernst. Heinrich grew as much as turn into the pinnacle of Hitler’s SS, mastermind of the focus camp process, and leader offender of the Holocaust. while Katrin Himmler, Heinrich’s great-niece, was once 15, one among her classmates requested in the course of a background lesson if she was once on the topic of the Himmler. "Yes," she stammered, at which there has been a deathly hush within the lecture room and the instructor, embarrassed and uncertain, speedy moved the lesson on. As she grew older, Katrin gave her kinfolk heritage a large berth, yet married to an Israeli whose relations was once limited to the Warsaw Ghetto and with a tender, half-Jewish son, she discovered that she couldn't stay clear of the prior so simply. Katrin Himmler’s cool yet meticulous exam of the Himmler tale reveals—in all its darkish complexity—the gulf among the "normality" of bourgeois kin lifestyles and the horrors perpetrated by way of one member. A more nuanced portrait of Heinrich himself emerges—not a lone evil executioner, yet a middle-class relations guy, enjoyed and completely supported by way of his decent German family.