16 January 2017
A unique insight into the history of the Waffen-SS intuitions that detained SS and Polizei malefactors.
Strafvollzugslager der SS- und Polizei: Himmler’s Wartime Institutions for the Detention of Waffen-SS and Polizei Criminals is a book that the SS Leader, Heinrich Himmler, would not have wished written.
Preferring that this corner of SS history remained forever in the shadows, in unprecedented detail, this study illuminates the reasons why Waffen-SS and policemen were imprisoned in purpose-built institutions and describes the regulations governing their detention. Revealing details of their daily life, veterans’ families have contributed to this book in an effort to enumerate the lives of those tasked with the prisons operation. Tasked with ensuring the convict’s National Socialist spirit remained undamaged by their punishment, these guards provided the malfeasance elements of Himmler’s Army with a suitable SS environment. Eventually, these institutions become portals through which inmates returned to the Front and this process is examined alongside a history of the various field probation units. Here, Himmler commanded the parolees face death or serious wounding as the means to earn their full rehabilitation. Case histories are tendered throughout and describe the crimes and punishments imposed on those who brought shame on the SS. The book is published by Fonthill Media and costs £40.
- ISBN: 978-1-78155-560-6
- Size: 234 x 156 mm
- Binding: Hardback
- Extent: 576 pages
- Illustrations: 36 mono/10 colour
Herman Goering: From Secret Luftwaffe to Hossbach War Conference 1935-37
Fonthill Media also has another new book, this one dealing with Herman Georing’s plans to prepare the Luftwaffe for WWII. In March 1935, Goering unveiled to the world his ‘black’ secret German Air Force, the dreaded and mighty Luftwaffe. That April, he married his second wife, a popular German stage actress, and in May, solidified Germany’s pre-1939 surprisingly good relations with neighbouring Poland. In March 1936, the Luftwaffe took part in the peaceful occupation of the former French-occupied Rhineland and by the end of the year, Goering was also the recognised economic dictator of the Third Reich heading the Nazi Four-Year Plan.
A state visit to Rome in January 1937 made him a main player regarding the future Reich alliance with Fascist Italy and in November, he hosted Europe’s largest hunting exposition for 50 years in Berlin. Overshadowing all of this, however, was the top-secret Hossbach war conference at which Hitler announced his intention go to war by 1943 in order to seize Russian territory for an expanded German empire in the east. In all of the above, Goering was the main player, second only to Hitler, especially regarding the economy and the Luftwaffe. This book costs £25.
- ISBN: 978-1-62545-019-7
- Size: 248 x 172 mm
- Binding: Hardback
- Extent: 272 pages
- Illustrations: 290 mono