Gudrun Burwitz

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Gudrun Himmler (right) with her mother Margarete Himmler at the Nuremberg trials, 1945.

Gudrun Margarete Elfriede Emma Anna Burwitz (née Himmler, 8 August 1929 – 24 May 2018) was the daughter of Margarete Himmler and Heinrich Himmler.

After the Allied victory, she and her mother were arrested by the Americans and held in various camps in Italy, France and Germany. They were brought to Nuremberg to testify at the trials, and were released in November 1946. Gudrun later bitterly referred to this time as the most difficult of her life, and said that she and her mother were treated as though they had to atone for the sins of her father.

Never renouncing National socialist ideology, she consistently fought to defend her father's reputation. She disputed that Heinrich Himmler took his own life and instead maintained that he was murdered.

She married the journalist and author Wulf Dieter Burwitz, who later became a party official in the NPD. For decades, she was a prominent public figure in the Stille Hilfe.

In 2014, a recently released cache of letters, photos, and diaries belonging to Himmler revealed that he never mentioned the Holocaust to his wife. The German newspaper Die Welt wrote that "There was no word about the countless crimes in which he was involved as Reichsführer-SS. Not a word about the persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews."[1]


  1. Himmler never mentioned Holocaust to wife despite her dislike of Jews - letters
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