B238 - Gestapo Chief Vol 1 by Gregory Douglas
On April 29, 1945, SS General Heinrich Muller, Chief of Hitler's Secret Police, the Gestapo, vanished from Hitler's bunker and was officially believed to have been killed in the fighting in Berlin. In spite of his position in the Third Reich, Muller has been completely ignored by historians who have no real understanding of the power wielded by Hitler's Fouche. This ignorance has been coupled with a fear by American intelligence agencies that Muller's actual fate would be discovered and the resulting scandal, impossible to stonewall.
What happened to Muller, a Bavarian professional police counterintelligence specialist and expert on Soviet espionage, is revealed in Gestapo Chief: The 1948 Interrogation of Heinrich Muller. (The term "interrogation" would indicate that the former Gestapo Chief had been apprehended and cross-examined, while in reality, Muller was actually undergoing a job interview by US intelligence agents.)
His comments on personalities and events in the Third Reich and his cynical deals and trade offs with his new employers may shock the idealistic but will strike an all too familiar chord in the intelligence communities of the world who deal with realities.
Morals and ethics are excellent norms, but not effective techniques. In this book, Mull covers the last days in Berlin, Sovient intelligence agents in Germany, England, and the United States during the war, the forgery of the Casement Diaries, the assassinations of French Admiral Darlan and Polish Chief of State Sikorski by the Allies, the assassination attempt against Hitler in 1944 and a shocking series of commentaries on von Strauffenberg, pungent and revealing discussions about US Vice President Wallace, Churchill, Himmler, Bormann, SS General Globocnik, Gersein, Rommel, Hitler and many others.
From the point of view of many historians, the high point of this book is the reproduction of a trans-Atlantic secret telephone conversation between Churchill and Roosevelt on November 26, 1941, in which the imminent attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor is discussed. Also covered is the reason Roosevelt wanted to encourage a Japanese attack and knowing of it, did nothing to prevent it.
This work is filled with copies of actual intelligence reports long hidden in US files, and official letters indicating that Muller was working for American interests and that all files relating to him were considered a matter of national security and could not be released to anyone because of a Presidential order.
Many books hint at the machinations and planning of world leaders but none have ever been able to so clearly expose the inner secret workings of the men who would walk in the corridors of power, as does this seminal work.
Hardback, 288 pages.