Heinrich Himmler• Chief of German Police in theReich Ministry of the Interior– This meant he was in charge ofthe administration of the Waffen-SS (Hilter’s own private army), thearmy, and the police services.– Hitler called him "der treueHeinrich" (the loyal Heinrich).– Easily considered the mostpowerful man in Germany, afterHitler.– One of the people most directlyresponsible for the Holocaust.
Herman Göring• Hitler designated him as hissuccessor and deputy in allhis offices.– A veteran of World War I asan ace fighter pilot.– He founded the Gestapo in1933.– Göring was appointedcommander-in-chief of theLuftwaffe (air force) in 1935,a position he held until thefinal days of World War II.
Joseph Goebbels• Reich Minister ofPropaganda in NaziGermany– One of Adolf Hitlersclosest associates andmost devout followers.– Known for his zealousorations and visceral andhomicidal antisemitism.– Goebbels remained withHitler in Berlin to the end.
Martin Bormann• Private secretary to AdolfHitler.– He gained Hitlers trust andderived immense powerwithin the Third Reich byusing his position to controlthe flow of information andaccess to Hitler.– He was almost always at hisFührer′s side.
Albert Speer• Chief architect of NaziGermany.– Minister of Armaments andWar Production for the ThirdReich.– As "the Nazi who said sorry”, heaccepted moral responsibility atthe Nuremberg trials and in hismemoirs for complicity incrimes of the Nazi regime.
Wilhelm Keitel• Head of the Oberkommandoder Wehrmacht– One of Germanys most seniormilitary leaders during WorldWar II.– The only one present atWolfs Lair assassination plotnot to suffer a perforatedeardrum from the bomb blast.