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April 12, 2011

Heinrich Himmer the chicken farmer

Filed under: Health, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:54 pm

All the websites that you will ever see, besides all those that you won’t see, say that Heinrich Himmler was a chicken farmer.

For example, on this website, you will find this:

In 1929, Hitler appointed the former Bavarian chicken farmer, Heinrich Himmler, to the post of Reichsführer-SS, and charged him with forming the SS into “an elite troop of the Party.” In addition to protection for the Führer, it performed a number of different tasks, including carrying out functions previously reserved for the police. By this time, the SS had grown into a 52,000-man strong organization.

The Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust — Perpetrators web site tells little kids this about Himmler:

Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945) was an unsuccessful chicken farmer and fertilizer salesman who became a leader in the Nazi party in the mid-1920s. As head of the SS as well as the Gestapo, he was a cold, efficient, ruthless administrator. He was the organizer of the mass murder of Jews, the man in charge of the concentration and death camps.

Does it seem strange to you that Himmler, who was only a lowly chicken farmer, did so well in the Nazi hierarchy?  And how about Hitler, who was claimed to have been a house painter and a wallpaper hanger before he became the Leader of Germany?

When I was a child in Missouri, my family had a chicken coop in the back yard.  It was my job to feed the chickens.  Does that make me a “chicken farmer?”

Himmler may have had a few chickens in his back yard, but I’m sure that it was his wife who fed the chickens.  Himmler had a degree in Agriculture.  His father was a school teacher and little Heini was highly educated, both at home and at school.  He was not a chicken farmer, any more than Hitler was a house painter.  Hitler was a talented artist and self-educated.

Himmler at the farm near the Dachau concentration camp

At Dachau, Himmler was experimenting with organic gardening, which was virtually unknown in the 1930s.  The photo above shows him kneeling on the right.  He was not using his education in agriculture for chicken farming.  He was growing plants that could be used as medicine.  Himmler was interested in health before health was popular.

Recently, a student e-mailed me to ask me why the survivors of Auschwitz looked so healthy.  The only reason that I can think of is that they had a healthy diet consisting mainly of whole grain bread and a soup made of vegetables with very little meat.  The prisoners might have been craving a corned beef sandwich on white bread, but they were not starved to death.  The Red Cross sent packages with oranges and chocolate.