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The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust

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Now in paperback, the groundbreaking history of the Nazi research institute whose work helped lead to the extermination of millions

For those who thought the zealous Nazi archaeologists in Raiders of the Lost Ark were a screenwriter's fabrication, journalist Heather Pringle has the chilling, real story. In 1935, Heinrich Himmler -- chief of the SS and architect of the death

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Hachette Books (first published October 1st 2004)
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nonfiction
It's oddly fascinating to read the litany of bizarre things Himmler and like-minded Nazi scientists were willing to believe. Anything was plausible, so long as meant Germans were the best at everything in history. Roman civilization? Jump started by Aryan invaders. India? Aryans. Atlantis? Aryans. Thor's hammer? Aryan electrical weapon. It would almost be funny, if the same lines of reasoning weren't used as justification for murder on a mind-numbing scale. It made me wonder what it must have be ...more
Anatoly
Jun 11, 2016 Anatoly rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A highly important subject that doesn’t always gets enough of focus. When people think about the holocaust they usually think about the network of concentration and death camps. But another hideous crime the Nazis have committed during those dark days was done in the name of so called science. Here Pringle describes the two main objects of these scientists (if you actually can call them that) - the first was proving the superiority of the Aryan race over other races (especially Jews), while the ...more
David Bales
Nov 10, 2009 David Bales rated it it was amazing
A brilliant history of the "Ahnenerbe", a "research" wing of the SS, created by Heinrich Himmler in 1935 to search for lost Nordic artifacts and influences throughout the world. Himmler was convinced, (as well as alot of other crackpot German nationalists) that civilization started not in the Middle East, but in Northern Europe since the "Aryans" were the superior, master race. This basic theory led to the thinking that great civilizations throughout history--the Persians, the Romans and even Ti ...more
Randy Mcdonald
Nov 13, 2012 Randy Mcdonald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Heather Pringle's 2006 The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust is the sort of book that makes one want to laugh in horror. Pringle's pleasant if conventional journalistic style does nothing at all to disguise the horror that she feels on discovering the full extent of the activities of the Ahnenerbe, the SS' occult research ministry. Starting off from the theosophy and kindred New Age movements which were popular in early 20th century Germany, Pringle demonstrates convincingly that ...more
Elliot Ratzman
Jul 24, 2011 Elliot Ratzman rated it really liked it
Nazis believed that they were heirs to the cultural and genetic legacy of a (mythic) “Aryan” race. In Hitler’s worldview, master races were creators of civilizations. Himmler, the head of the SS, was convinced that ancient German tribes seeded cultures in India, Tibet, ...Russia, Finland, etc., that the Norse Gods existed, that Thor’s Hammer was a real weapon and that ancient cave paintings were evidence of a primal ur-Aryan language. Himmler funds a research institute, employs dozens of scholar ...more
Max Rebo
Jan 26, 2012 Max Rebo rated it liked it
A pesar de su título castellano (El plan maestro, arqueología fantástica al servicio del régimen nazi), no estamos ante una obra sobre la búsqueda de arcas de la alianza o lanzas de Longinos que hubieran proporcionado una ventaja militar esotérica a los ejércitos hitlerianos. Se trata de un libro sobre la ciencia alemana en esos años oscuros, sobre cómo los nazis (y más concretamente Himmler) buscaron por todo el mundo evidencias que pudieran demostrar sus disparatadas teorías raciales (que incl ...more
Bruce
Dec 13, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing
Both enlightening and disheartening this book shows the extent to which groups will go to abuse science in their attempt to re-write history. The existence of an Aryan race in history was assumed and scholars and scientists were recruited who would warp history to 'prove' its existence and the ability to reconstruct the master race. Like the actions of some groups that exist today, information was misinterpreted, misconstrued, and/or ignored to prove their premise valid. In the Third Reich child ...more
Darko Djekic
Jan 02, 2016 Darko Djekic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sa-mojih-polica
Drugi Svetski rat sagledan kroz postupke nacističke Nemačke naučne elite. Knjiga o lucidnom planu drugog čoveka Nemačke, Hitlerovog čoveka od najvišeg poverenja. Interesantno je to što u ovoj knjizi može da se vidi koliko je Nemački politički vrh bio sumanut u idejama koje nisu imale nikakve dokaze. Silan novac potrošen samo u ludačko dokazivanje porekla i stvaranja neke fantastične istorije. Bolest mozga, koja propagira Nemački narod u vrhovni i nadmoćni, a svi ostali jednako ravni životinjama, ...more
Olethros
Jan 21, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Tratando de inventar la Historia con supercherías.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Exposición de los hechos que rodearon la intención de Himmler de una búsqueda de evidencias "irrefutables" que soportasen las ideas relacionadas con la “herencia ancestral aria” y la consiguiente creación de la Ahnenerbe, instituto de investigación, localización, estudio, transmisión y publicitación de dichos hallazgos, relatando varias de sus expediciones y explicando las personalidades, trasfondos y destino
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Olethros
-Tratando de inventar la Historia con supercherías.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Exposición de los hechos que rodearon la intención de Himmler de una búsqueda de evidencias "irrefutables" que soportasen las ideas relacionadas con la “herencia ancestral aria” y la consiguiente creación de la Ahnenerbe, instituto de investigación, localización, estudio, transmisión y publicitación de dichos hallazgos, relatando varias de sus expediciones y explicando las personalidades, trasfondos y destino
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Mikko
Jun 22, 2011 Mikko rated it really liked it
An extensively researched history of the Ahnenerbe, an institution set up by Nazi Germany to carry out research into racial history and biology. Pringle attempts to build the book around the power science has in society and the ethical responsibilities such power brings, but doesn't quite manage to carry the theme throughout the book. As a historical work the book is excellent, documenting the numerous efforts and theories of the Ahnenerbe, the importance the Nazis placed on bolstering their ide ...more
Olethros
-Tratando de inventar la Historia con supercherías.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Exposición de los hechos que rodearon la intención de Himmler de una búsqueda de evidencias "irrefutables" que soportasen las ideas relacionadas con la “herencia ancestral aria” y la consiguiente creación de la Ahnenerbe, instituto de investigación, localización, estudio, transmisión y publicitación de dichos hallazgos, relatando varias de sus expediciones y explicando las personalidades, trasfondos y destino
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Amanda
Mar 08, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
A very unique book, providing insight in matters which are otherwise unmentioned when speaking about world war II: Ahnenerbe. I found this book extremely well written and highly educational, and at the same time surprising, entertaining and very enjoyable to read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in world war II, in all various perspectives from which you can study the war. Pringle's work with this book is simply amazing.
Lahierbaroja
Ensayo sobre la arqueología en la Alemania de Hitler: la visión teórica y cada una de las acciones de creación de programas, proyectos y demás para obtener información sobre la raza aria.

Lectura prolija, densa en ocasiones, con profusión de datos y fechas, como es normal.

Avancé despacio en su lectura. Recomendable para los interesados en la arqueología y/o los aficionados por la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Adrienne
Feb 15, 2015 Adrienne rated it really liked it
This book was packed with information and well researched facts on the development of Ahnenerbe as well as the people associated with the facility. It was nicely written and powerfully engaging. The Master Plan serves not only as an insightful view into the German academic world during the Third Reich, but also as a strong warning as to what can happen when propaganda and false science combine.
Chaplain2
Dec 09, 2012 Chaplain2 rated it really liked it
Eye-opening, exceptionally well researched and documented.

My only complaint was that the size of the print was uncomfortably small, but the actual content was very good.

This was a fascinating look at the subject, and I appreciated the "after the war" follow-up about each of the book's main characters.
Angela
Mar 04, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very interesting and indeed fascinating. The justifications and lack of remorse for the Nazis' crimes against humanity during World War II are incomprehensible. Yet, this is a necessary part of history that we must face.
Monty Loftus
Jun 16, 2010 Monty Loftus rated it liked it
It's all those History Channel documentaries about Nazi occultism without the History Channel sensationalism and serious scholarship. It makes reading Hellboy even more fun knowing the truth of the fiction!
Per-Erik
Jul 07, 2010 Per-Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Per-Erik by: Per Scholtz
En faktabaserad beskrivning över hur kvasivetenskaplig övertygelse användes som motiv för att utsätta människor för lidande och förföljelse. Visar hur fördomar och fanatismk kan få människor att överskrida de mest grundläggande moraliska gränser.
Vidar
Aug 04, 2011 Vidar rated it liked it
A tragic story of Nazi Germany's attempt to fake research associated with the existence of the Aryan race. The story of Ahrenerbe is a excellent story of how anthropologists, archeologists and other reseachers definitely became running dogs for evil
Eloy
Nov 03, 2012 Eloy rated it liked it
It is good and interesting. The author shows lots of unknown information about the madness, corruptness and pseudoscientific ideas of the SS, but I think the book shold prvide a more global idea of the nazi mind. Not only what nazis though, but also why.
Francisco Becerra
Feb 02, 2014 Francisco Becerra rated it really liked it
An astonishing look at the strange mix of science and mysticism of the Nazis, and a very gook book to understand why they thought like they did. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it is written like a Ph.D thesis and you constantly have to flip to the notes.
Trish
May 02, 2008 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-military
Fascinating book about Himmler's Ahnenerbe, and the weird things they were forced to study and believe to back the Nazi vision. Worth reading if you have an interest in the subject.
Arianna
Aug 11, 2016 Arianna rated it really liked it
The literary equivalent of the Holocaust Museum: I walked into it curious, walked out of it weeping and questioning humanity.
Lari Särssi
Dec 11, 2013 Lari Särssi rated it it was ok
Shelves: study, examination
Some extremely interesting new things in the research, but the writing style of the author just didn't suit me very well.
Chris
Jul 17, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. From a perspective as a scientist it really made me more aware of how the science published / funded under this regime was biased or just plain wrong.
David L. Scrip
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Dec 22, 2015
Samantha
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Jan 11, 2009
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