About Himmler's Double
'There in the doorway
stood the man who Benny instantly believed was Heinrich Himmler. He gazed upon the man responsible for the deaths of
millions. Instead of being exultant in his discovery, he
found his mouth had dried and he felt extreme fear. Icy
fingers seemed to clutch at his spine'
The book's initial 1943 setting describes Himmler's awakening to the increasing
prospect of Nazi Germany losing the War. As Hitler's right hand man, Himmler wields almost unlimited power in the upper
echelons of the Nazi hierarchy.
Himmler realizes that he will be unable to survive alone after the war's end and
weaves the web to compromise a junior SS officer to assist
his own survival plans, when the time is right.
His subordinates find a 'double' for both Himmler himself and Martin Bormann, the
Nazi party secretary. This was not unprecedented as Hitler
himself had a 'double'. However the 'double' had a very
slightly different face than Himmler and the services of SS
Doctor Josef Mengele are used, at the holocaust centre of
Auschwitz in Poland, to make changes through careful minor surgery. Mengele actually uses Jewish
prisoner surgeons to perform the task as he lacks the
practical skill and experience.
The task of getting a double to commit suicide in Himmler's place was not the
original plan. The circumstances that would lead to the
double wishing to take his own life were comparatively simple to arrange.
At the War's end Himmler and his young aide literally drop out of sight to live for
six months or so, in a specialist facility originally
intended for Nazi Werewolf resistance fighters.