Himmler with his daughter, 1938

Heinrich Himmler adored his daughter and regularly moved her from Munich to his offices in Berlin where she lived with her mother. When she was at home he would call her most days and write to her every week.

He kept calling her by her childhood nickname "Puppy" throughout her life. She accompanied her father on some official duties. When he went to the Dachau concentration camp in 1941, he took her with him.

Gudrun Himmler, the daughter of Heinrich Himmler and Margaret Himmler, was born on August 8, 1929. Although separated from his wife, Himmler remained close to his daughter.

Her father had one of the most powerful roles during the Holocaust, but Gudrun refused to see it. His love and respect for his father kept him alive and continued to fight for his name. "At fourteen ... he cut every picture of her from the newspapers and pasted them into a big scrapbook".

After they are caught, Gudrun and his mother are thrown prison after prison and left with nothing. Even though she was ruthlessly interrogated at the Nuremberg trials: "She swore herself to him. She didn't cry, but went on a hunger strike. She lost weight, fell ill and stopped growing."

When Gudrun learned that her father had committed suicide, "the fifteen-year-old girl suffered mentally and medically. She was trembling... She lay in bed in her cell day and night." He has since refused to believe that Himmler committed suicide, claiming that the British killed him.

Even after the trial ended, Gudrun and her mother were forced to live in a Protestant nursing home in Bethel under a pseudonym, as they had no money or valuables.

Due to the fact that he refused to take another name, he had to constantly "start from scratch, introduce himself, say his name, his father's name." Throughout her adulthood, Gudrun remained faithful to her father.

In a 1999 interview she talked about trying to save enough money to go to the US and investigate evidence that would help her compare her childhood memories with her father's views and the orders given to her. . Ultimately his goal is to write a book called "Simply Heinrich Himmler ... to clear my father's name".

Gudrun Himmler married journalist and author Wolf Dieter Burwitz and they had two children. She also became a member of Still Hilfe (Silent Help), an organization providing aid to arrested, condemned, or fugitive former members of the SS.

According to journalist Andrea Roppke: "Silent Help is not only about former National Socialists. It also raises funds for the neo-Nazi movement." Over the years he has helped people such as Theresienstadt's supervisor Anton Maloth.

He arranged for her to stay in an expensive nursing home in Pulach until she was sentenced to prison. He also assisted a convicted Dutch Nazi classer Karel Faber. Gudrun retains her father's fascist views and has been described by Oliver Schrom as a "flamboyant Nazi princess".

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