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75 years after his death, counterfeit identification documents of the Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler were discovered


Counterfeit identity papers were discovered 75 years after his death, with which Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler tried to escape Germany at the end of the Second World War.

The fake document states that Himmler was a sergeant named Heinrich Hizinger and was crucial to his capture just a few weeks after the end of World War II.

When Himmler received the news of Hitler's death, he traveled to Flensburg, where he stayed for the first week in May.

On May 15, 1945, he fired his staff and went into hiding in the Harz Mountains with two companions.

Heinrich Himmler (picture) was head of the SS, a key architect of the Holocaust during the Second World War and one of the most wanted Nazis who were still alive after Hitler's death

When Himmler received the news of Hitler's death, he traveled to Flensburg before intending to hide in the Harz Mountains. In the picture, Adolf Hitler (left) congratulates Heinrich Himmler (right) in 1943

When Himmler received the news of Hitler's death, he traveled to Flensburg before intending to hide in the Harz Mountains. In the picture, Adolf Hitler (left) congratulates Heinrich Himmler (right) in 1943

The three men set out on foot, crossed the country, sought cover in the forest, and slept in sheds or haystacks.

Himmler's group was stopped several times, but was able to bluff until they tried to cross Meinstedt in Bremervörde, northern Germany, on May 22.

The BBC reported that they were asked for their ID documents, which were given to German soldiers at the end of the war and listed their names, rank, and date of birth.

However, there was an official stamp on the document that British military intelligence had used from SS members trying to flee the country.

Everyone with this information was supposed to be arrested, Himmler was arrested, and the next morning the three men were taken to an internment camp.

75 years after his death, fake ID documents (in the picture) were discovered with which the Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler tried to flee Germany at the end of the Second World War

75 years after his death, fake ID documents (in the picture) were discovered with which the Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler tried to flee Germany at the end of the Second World War

The forged documents (pictured) said that Himmler was a sergeant named Heinrich Hizinger, but an official stamp on the papers, known to be used by fleeing Nazis, caused his arrest

The forged documents (pictured) said that Himmler was a sergeant named Heinrich Hizinger, but an official stamp on the papers, known to be used by fleeing Nazis, caused his arrest

Upon arrival, Himmler asked for a senior officer, and although his cover was still intact, he revealed his true identity.

Himmler was head of the SS and the Gestapo, a key architect of the Holocaust during the Second World War and one of the most wanted Nazis who were still alive after Hitler's death.

He was "gently interrogated" by British MI5 officials and medical officer Captain Wells was instructed to review Himmler.

Capt Wells found a blue-tipped object hidden in his mouth and tried to pull it out, but Himmler crushed the capsule with his teeth.

It was a cyanide capsule and Himmler was dead within minutes.

Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Noakes and his family have been hiding the fake ID papers for 75 years

In addition to the papers, the braces that Himmler wore when he was arrested were also discovered

The papers were recently donated by Lt. Col. Sidney Noakes' great niece. After an interrogation with the MI5 from superiors, Noakes (picture on the left) is said to have received the counterfeit identification documents and the Himmler braces (picture on the right)

Himmler was arrested when he attempted to cross Meinstedt in Bremervörde, northern Germany, on May 22 and committed suicide with a cyanide capsule the next day. In the picture police chief Heinrich Himmler (left) with Adolf Hitler (right)

Himmler was arrested when he attempted to cross Meinstedt in Bremervörde, northern Germany, on May 22 and committed suicide with a cyanide capsule the next day. In the picture police chief Heinrich Himmler (left) with Adolf Hitler (right)

The falsified documents, the key to the Nazi capture, were donated to the Military Intelligence Museum in Shefford, Bedfordshire.

The papers will be issued when the museum reopens and will be publicly viewable for the first time in 75 years.

In addition to the papers, the braces that Himmler wore when he was captured were also found.

Most of Himmler's personal belongings were picked up by officials. A sergeant who arrested him got his slippers and someone else got his shaving cream and razor blades.

The papers were donated by Lt. Col. Sidney Noakes' great niece.

Noakes was a lawyer who joined the Intelligence Corps in 1943 but was seconded to MI5.

His role in MI5 remains a mystery, but after the war he continued his career as a lawyer and died in 1993.

Himmler committed suicide with a cyanide capsule the day after his arrest on May 22, 1945

Himmler was able to evade capture for a few weeks after the end of the war until he crossed Meinstedt in Bremervörde

Himmler's fake documents, which are vital to the capture of the Nazis, were donated to the Military Intelligence Museum in Shefford, Bedfordshire, which will be the first to issue them

It is believed that Noakes was one of the nameless MI5 employees assigned to Himmler's interrogation and that he had received permission from superiors to keep the papers.

No matter how he came across the objects, the documents and braces have remained with Noakes & # 39; family so far.

The fascinating documents explain how the older Nazi was caught – from a stamp used by his own people.

Bill Steadman, curator of the Military Intelligence Museum, said: “Without this damn stamp on the document, it is possible that Himmler would have gone through the system unnoticed and like many other wanted Nazis would have fled.

"What appeals to me most about this story is that the Germans themselves have made it unmasking an absolute certainty."

HEINRICH HIMMLER: THE HOLOCAUST DEATH ANGEL

The Heinrich Himmler, the son of a school teacher, was born in Munich on October 7, 1900 and later became the architect of the Holocaust and one of the most terrifying leaders of the NSDAP.

His first participation in the Nazis was in 1923, and he was their propaganda leader between 1926 and 1930. He was appointed head of the SS – the Schutzstaffel – a large organization and Adolf Hitler's personal bodyguard, who became one of the most powerful organizations among them his leadership during the Third Reich. Himmler developed it from a 290-man battalion into a huge group with its own military.

After the National Socialists came to power in 1933, he became President of the Gestapo and in the same year established the first Nazi concentration camp in Dachau.

Himmler was obsessed with the Germans' idea of ​​an Aryan breed and racial purification and encouraged the Aryans to breed only in special programs that he set up.

During the Second World War, after Hitler had successfully invaded Poland, he was able to drive out over a million Poles and 300,000 Jews from the west of the country.

In 1941, Himmler was present when 100 Jews were shot in Minsk. He decided that experiencing such murders could affect the mental health of his S.S. men, and stated that alternative methods of genocide should be found.

In 1942 he was commissioned to control the "final solution to the Jewish problem" – the Holocaust. He was given control of the concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and gas chambers were added significantly in the spring of this year. In total, almost six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

When it became clear that the Nazis would lose the war, Himmler tried to negotiate with the Allies, and Hitler was deprived of all his duties. After the surrender, he used a fake identity to escape, but was captured.

He committed suicide when the Allies detained him on May 23, 1945, by swallowing a cyanide capsule.

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