December 9, 1942

Held for Five Days by Army
LONDON, England—Heinrich Himmler, the third-ranking Nazi, was arrested and held for five days by high-ranking officers of the Heer (the German Army), the London Daily Mirror reported today. The Schutzsafel (SS), Hitler’s elite guard, negotiated Himmler’s release from the “purely symbolic arrest,” the Mirror reported, quoting officials of Reichswehr. Those officials also reportedly stated the symbolic move was intended as a warning the Heer must be the organization about which the German people must rally, not the SS. Himmler is the head of the Gestapo and the driver behind Nazi terror against German citizens and citizens in occupied countries. The report of his arrest has not yet been confirmed by other sources.

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