Collectors Showcase CS00420 Berlin 1938 - Heinrich Himmler (1:30 Scale)
"I would rather die standing up in a Mercedes than hide away."
- German Chancellor Adolf Hitler commenting upon a possible assasination attempt while riding in his limousine, 1938
The Collectors Showcase presents the beginning of our new series: Berlin 1938. A series meant to chronicle, in miniature, Berlin at the height of the Third Reich's pre-war power. The first diorama offering is the Fuhrer's Reichkanzlei office complete with map table, lamps and removable swastika flag. The initial figure set offerings are the figures and personalities that brought the Western world to the edge of oblivion. Each figure comes with a removable hat allowing greater flexibility in display. The launch of this series heralds a long view of the great variety of Berlin locales available to the collector. Each vignette setting brings the collector another view of the city's central points throughout the Nazi period. Sold Out!
Height: 2-1/2 inches
Release Date: July 2010
Historical Account: Heinrich Luitpold Himmler (October 7th, 1900 - May 23rd, 1945) was Reichsfuhrer of the SS, a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party. As Chief of the German Police and later the Minister of the Interior, Himmler oversaw all internal and external police and security forces, including the Gestapo. Serving as Reichsfuhrer and later as Commander of the Replacement (Home) Army and General Plenipotentiary for the entire Reich's administration (Generalbevollmachtigter die Verwaltung), Himmler rose to become the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.
As overseer of the concentration camps, extermination camps, and Einsatzgruppen (literally: task forces, often used as killing squads), Himmler coordinated the killing of some six million Jews, between 200,000 and 500,000 Roma, many prisoners of war, and possibly another three to four million Poles, communists, or other groups whom the Nazis deemed unworthy to live or simply "in the way", including homosexuals, people with physical and mental disabilities, Jehovah's Witnesses and members of the Confessing Church. Shortly before the end of the war, he offered to surrender both Germany and himself to the Western Allies if he were spared prosecution. After being arrested by British forces, he committed suicide before he could be questioned.