Chapter Fourteen - Heinrich Himmler's Final Orders
In the early hours of April 24, 1945, I received a telephone call from Lübeck for which I was indebted-as I learned shortly afterward-to Schellenberg's intelligent and discreet secretary. Himmler himself was at the other end of the line, and he was extremely agitated. He wanted me to come to Lübeck at once and bring the horoscopes which I had cast for various members of the government. I was somewhat at a loss to understand this order, since the SS was in full retreat and no vehicles were available. Himmler then told me that he had just received a message from Hartzwalde telling him that the refugees and staff on the estate were in danger from the advancing Russian Army. He wanted me to investigate this information astrologically and tell him my findings by telephone. He wanted to know whether it was better to evacuate Hartzwalde or to leave Kersten's staff where they were. Previously Kersten had always led Himmler to believe that the Russians were "harmless," maintaining that if he instructed his estate employees to fly the Swedish flag, nobody there would come to any harm. Meanwhile, however, the people in Hartzwalde must have had some misgivings, for they had been told by refugees from the Eastern provinces what havoc the Russians had created during their advance.
I had already discussed this question at some length with Dr. Brandt on April 21, when he had visited Hartzwalde. Brandt had agreed to my proposal that Hartzwalde should be evacuated, for I too had learned, from a personal talk with Herr Masur, about the Russians' disorderly behavior in Poland, Silesia, and East Prussia. Refugees who had arrived in Sweden from these areas had told terrible tales.
Masur had said that in the same position he would certainly leave at once and move west rather than fall into the hands of the Russians.
In the light of this information I asked Himmler to arrange for trucks to be sent to Hartzwalde at once to transport the staff and the refugees on the estate to Hamburg or Schleswig-Holstein. By then no German trucks were available, but there was a chance that the Swedes, who had sent large numbers of Red Cross trucks and buses to evacuate prisoners and refugees, might be persuaded to make the trip. At Lübeck, where the Swedish Red Cross had established their headquarters and where Himmler now was, it would be a relatively simple matter to set this operation in motion.
As a result of these initiatives, a convoy of trucks laden with refugees and the members of the Hartzwalde staff arrived at Lubeck on the evening of April 25 after a long and dangerous journey. Near Schwerin, where the convoy was attacked by low-flying aircraft, three of the Swedish personnel were killed and several vehicles damaged. Upon arrival the refugees were accommodated in quarters furnished by the Swedish Red Cross.
This relatively unimportant incident is significant in one respect, for this was the first time that Himmler, who had always been very particular about security measures, ever issued orders over the public telephone network. By then the situation was so confused that he was no longer
able to use his own secret lines. Himmler himself was also confused. I gathered from our telephone conversations that the prevailing nervousness and tension had already affected him.
The meeting between Count Bernadotte and Himmler took place while Kersten was meeting with Masur.
During the meeting with Bernadotte, Schellenberg asked the count to contact Eisenhower to discuss the possibility of an armistice on the Western Front. This request, made when the Third Reich was in its death agony, was really an impertinence toward Bernadotte. Himmler fondly imagined that after he had allowed one and a half years to pass without attempting a coup, the Allies would be willing to negotiate and make common cause with him against the Russians.
Himmler knew about the serious differences between Churchill and Stalin and was banking on them. But an armistice would have been possible only if Hitler had been removed, and even then, it would never have occurred to the Western powers to allow Himmler to continue in office. The most he could have hoped for was to be allowed to conduct the nation's affairs during a brief transitional period while peace was established.
There were times when Himmler was aware of this. But it was clear from his eternal vacillation that he was never enough of a statesman to grasp the whole political situation. Otherwise, he would have done what had long been necessary: demanded Hitler's resignation, using force if necessary, and entered into peace negotiations. But Himmler constantly hesitated, justifying himself with inappropriate protestations of loyalty. He was entirely unaware of his tremendous responsibility toward the German people, or he would most certainly have used his
SS machine, which was still intact, to put an end to the disaster that was engulfing the nation. On April 27 the Western powers informed Himmler through Bernadotte that there could be no negotiations.
Meanwhile, Schellenberg had at last succeeded in persuading Himmler to write a personal note to Bernadotte, which he-Schellenberg-was to hand over to the count. Later the Swedish government adroitly leaked the contents of the note to the foreign press, thus ensuring that these peace initiatives were made public. This placed Schellenberg in a difficult position. Once again Himmler had tried to use somebody as a puppet without exposing himself. If the negotiations between Bernadotte and Schellenberg had had a positive outcome, Himmler would have been the great man who had brought peace to the world. If, on the other hand, they failed, Schellenberg would have to pay the penalty and might even have to reckon with the possibility of being liquidated by Himmler. Always the same old methods! But on this occasion they backfired.
Before handing the note to the Swedes, Schellenberg asked me if the constellations favored such an undertaking, whether he should now proceed with his negotiations, and whether there was a danger that Himmler might have him shot. His horoscope was available in exhaustive detail. Schellenberg was not going to die at this point, and so I was able to advise him with a clear conscience to make further contact with the Swedes. Later he could expect a fortunate period, which meant that the reports in the foreign press could not harm him, even though Himmler was likely to accuse him of going too far with his negotiations.
I was ordered to Lübeck on April 28, 1945. I was fetched by SS soldiers and Schellenberg's personal chauffeur, Buchwald, in a crimson Mercedes. The journey to Lübeck was just like being at the front. On the main roads we saw burned-out vehicles that had been strafed in low-level attacks. Wounded men, who had escaped from these vehicles, lay on the side of the road or dragged themselves along until passing drivers took pity on them and picked them up.
Just outside the Ahrensburg railway station on the way to Oldesloe, the lines had been torn up and trains derailed. Bombed and shot-up cars were lying on all sides; lumps of iron had been scattered by the blast and lay in the fields beside the track. The spring sunshine lit up the macabre scene.
We reached Lubeck late in the afternoon. Buchwald dropped me off at the Danziger Hof Hotel, which provided temporary accommodation for the members of Department VI and Schellenberg's office staff. There I met Schellenberg's adjutant, Franz Goring. He told me in great agitation of the damage caused by the Royal Air Force in the surrounding district, and I also learned that a few of the Swedish truck convoys had been hit in low-level attacks.
It was some hours before Schellenberg arrived. "Make sure that Himmler sends me to Stockholm. Do you have all your files with you?" These were the words with which Schellenberg greeted me. He looked very tired and worn; he was trembling as he took my hand and smiled to hide his fear. We then sat down in old basket chairs with filthy cushions and broken wickerwork which creaked every time we moved. The room in which we were sitting was musty and untidy and dimly lit. The dismal atmosphere made us even more aware of the misery around us.
Schellenberg was deeply despondent, and I now discovered that it was he and not Himmler who had had me brought to Lübeck. Nobody in the department knew about his chief's problems. This was evident from the conversation which I had had with Schellenberg's secretary, Franz Goring, and various other members of his staff. Everywhere in the hotel men were hurriedly packing, stores of food were being carried about, and adjutants, SS soldiers, and orderlies were running in every direction as Schellenberg proceeded to tell me his troubles:
"The Western powers are still refusing to negotiate with Himmler, and an armistice based on the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht is unacceptable. How are we to carry on? The public abroad has been told through Reuters about our contacts with the Swedes and about Himmler's note. What am I to say to the Reichsführer now?" As I searched through my files for the astrological information which I needed in order to answer these questions, Schellenberg continued, "Himmler will accuse me of having placed him in an extremely difficult situation, because Hitler will now relieve him of his official posts. Everything is breaking down!"
Not a word about his own fate or that of his family, his attractive wife and his small children, crossed Schellenberg's lips. When I broached this subject, he replied briefly and nervously, "What happens to me is not so important. I still have a chance. If the Reichsführer sends me to Stockholm to negotiate the withdrawal of our troops in Norway, I shall try to arrange something with Bernadotte. Kersten will presumably have no further interest in our affairs, so there's no point in contacting him." He said this with great bitterness. Schellenberg then told me that Himmler would be discussing this project with me, for he was still looking for a way out. I could reply only that there was little hope of changing anything and that all I could do was to speak a few words of comfort to the Reichsführer. "But I will try to discuss the cessation of hostilities in Norway and Denmark with him," I said, "and then you may be able to conduct the negotiations for the evacuation of our troops in Norway."
Schellenberg regretted that the Swedes had so far refused to grant transit rights across their territory, adding that Himmler was hoping that a favorable solution might yet be found following Hitler's death. This was, of course, the one solution which would have cost Himmler nothing and which might have enabled him to continue in office for a while as Hitler's successor, thus introducing a "stabilizing factor" into the nation's affairs, as he himself put it.
Incredible as it sounds, it seems that Himmler still thought he could persuade the Western powers to join forces with him against the Russians: that he was still so enamored of himself as to believe that the Western powers would welcome him with open arms.
He was always pointing out that Eisenhower read his SS periodical, Die Schwarzekorps, and claimed that the Supreme Allied Commander was well disposed toward his SS organization and troops. Statements of this kind were not optimistic, they were downright stupid, and betrayed a complete misconception of the military and political situation following the Yalta Conference. Although Schellenberg had managed to arrange a meeting between Bernadotte and the Reichsführer and-despite the completely negative outcome of their talks-was prepared to repeat the experiment, this was really no more than a comforting gesture he was extending to Himmler in the same way a doctor extends words of comfort to a dying man. Bernadotte was only interested in using Himmler to enable the Red Cross to fulfill its commitments. It had never entered Bernadotte's head to try to save him.
When Schellenberg had finished speaking, I proposed that I should retire for an hour to study the various horoscopes and establish the answers to his questions in peace and quiet. Before meeting Himmler, I also wanted to memorize the new constellations which would be emerging in the immediate future. And after all the excitement and strain of the past few days, in which I had been constantly on the move, my mental and physical powers were at such a low ebb that I badly needed an hour of solitude. About an hour later I explained my proposals to Schellenberg. There were no indications in his horoscope that his life was then in danger, but there were signs of a forthcoming journey. Thus I was able to advise him to prepare himself for a trip to Sweden and to think about who was to accompany him. After we had taken a light meal Schellenberg ordered his chauffeur to drive us to Himmler's command post.
As we walked through the hotel foyer, we were met by a warm musty wave of perspiration from the unwashed bodies of men who must have been wearing the same clothing for days on end. Exhausted refugees sat with their heads resting on the tables trying to sleep, while others squatted on their luggage and waited for transport to take them on their way. In the midst of this misery noncommissioned officers barked out orders. It was a scene of utter confusion.
We took the same road as we had taken a few days before when Himmler himself had been at the wheel. On that occasion the passengers in the car had been extremely bad-tempered, because Himmler had just ordered General Steiner to risk an attack, a decision which had horrified Schellenberg. Since he had had no military training, his opinion carried little weight. But the military experts in the SS and Himmler's military adjutant had all agreed that further bloodshed could not do any good.
During our journey Schellenberg told me that Hitler had been in a highly critical situation for several hours. He was completely cut off from the outside world, and nobody knew whether he was still alive. "You stated in your horoscope that he would die at the end of April," Schellenberg said. "Judging by the latest reports he is both physically and mentally debilitated. But the people in his immediate circle are still blindly following his orders."
Hermann Goring was no longer a danger; his constellations were wretched. I had already established this some time before and had advised Himmler to this effect through Dr. Brandt. At that time Goring was being held prisoner on Hitler's orders. But he was too indolent a
man to take strong measures in any case.
As I have already written, Reuters' report of Himmler's negotiations with Count Bernadotte had received worldwide attention. It could only be a question of time before Hitler was informed of these events. Today we know from Hanna Reitsch's account that when he was
told of Himmler's treachery, Hitler raved like a lunatic.
On April 26, I had been instructed, first by Schellenberg's office and then by Brandt, to establish whether
Hitler would be leaving Berlin. Contingency plans had in fact been made for Hitler to be flown from Berlin to
Berchtesgaden or, alternatively, for an SS Panzer division to break through the enemy lines and take him there overland. Like all other measures evolved at that time, these plans, which were born of utter despair, were quite impractical and had to be abandoned.
After driving through various streets on the outskirts of Lübeck, we made our way through a labyrinth of vehicles, road barriers, and huts and eventually pulled up in front of the entrance to one of these. We entered and walked down a dimly lit, narrow corridor, which ran through the middle of the hut. From the rooms on our left we heard voices dictating; from the right came the sound of heated debate intermingled with the clatter of crockery and glasses. The hut was unbearably hot, since the windows could not be opened on account of the blackout. An orderly then opened a door for us. Wooden benches ran along all four sides of the room, the wall paneling serving as a backrest; there were even benches underneath the windows. To the left of the windows stood a few beds. At the back of the room there was a large oak table, also ringed by benches. We sat down on one of the wall benches. Schellenberg ran through the points which had to be raised with Himmler. At midnight a siren sounded the all clear. Schellenberg seemed to have become more confident and had cast off the despondency that had dogged him earlier that evening.
Suddenly the door was thrown open, and Himmler, with a cigar in his mouth and accompanied by General Grothmann, his military adviser, entered the room and greeted us. I was introduced to the general. The general said a few words to Himmler and then left the room. Himmler asked us to be seated. He himself sat down at the head of the table. I sat on his left and Schellenberg on his right. Himmler's face was swollen and flushed; his eyelids were chafed. He had just eaten and smelled of liquor.
I watched him with great interest. First he asked Schellenberg to make his report. We realized that Himmler was quite distraught about the Reuters article and was convinced that Hitler would relieve him of his posts and have him arrested. He asked me what his constellations had to say on this point. My documents and instruments lay on the table. I spread out Himmler's horoscope and the charts I needed to answer this question. And then something occurred that I found incredible and that I can only describe in plain terms, just as it happened. Himmler addressed me in a voice in which agitation was mingled with regret: "I now realize, Herr Wulff, that in urging me to arrest Hitler and enter into peace negotiations through the English you were giving me honest advice. Now it is too late. Last year, when you warned me, the time was ripe. You meant well."
Himmler then grew more and more agitated until finally, in a voice charged with fear, he said, "Now Hitler will have me arrested." This gave me my cue for broaching Schellenberg's plan for going to Sweden, which was the main point of the discussion as far as we were concerned. But Himmler, who was overwrought and deathly pale, gave me no chance to speak. He repeated over and over again, "What's going to happen? What's going to happen? It's all over!"
I thumbed through his horoscope, interrupted him, and pointed out that he still had a chance if he sent Schellenberg to Sweden to conduct fresh negotiations with Bernadotte and the Swedish Foreign Minister, and ar ranged to flee the country himself upon receipt of a prearranged message from Schellenberg.
There was a further possibility: A certain countess, half-Finnish and half-Italian, had once hinted that, if necessary, Himmler could go into hiding in Finland or Lapland. The countess was deeply indebted to Himmler, who had saved her son from execution. He liked her and had helped her on a number of occasions in her dealings with foreign authorities. This contact could now be followed up. A third proposal was similar: One of Himmler's subordinates, a certain Herr Falschlein, was able and willing to hide Himmler on an estate in the Oldenburg district of north Germany, where he could be passed off as an agricultural worker. But Himmler, the eternal procrastinator, was unable to decide in favor of any of these proposals. When I interpreted his constellations for him he simply said, "Is that all?"
Schellenberg then began to explain his project and spoke of the new opportunities which would develop if he were able to conclude a special agreement with the Swedes on Himmler's behalf, granting rights of transit to the German troops in Norway. He might also succeed in persuading Bernadotte to arrange a meeting between Himmler and Eisenhower. This was of course a total delusion, for by that time it was far too late even to think of negotiating. I tried to make Himmler realize that after his failure to act on my earlier interpretations and suggestions, events would now have to take their course and the Third Reich would move toward its inevitable doom. But he still clung to the mad idea that having sworn an oath of loyalty to the Fuehrer, he must honor that oath, and he then proceeded to repeat the litany that he had delivered at Hohenlychen in March. Beads of cold sweat gleamed on his face, and his body shook with suppressed sobs. In his trembling hand he held a large cigar, which he nervously pushed from one side of his mouth to the other, then removed and laid on the ashtray, only to pick it up again and frantically return it to his mouth. For a moment it looked as if Himmler had been pacified by my explanations. On my way to this meeting I had made up my mind to reproach him and to impress on him that he had only himself to blame for the present situation.
"Now you can see, Herr Reichsführer, where your procrastination has got you," I began. "Hitler will not reward you for your loyalty." Schellenberg agreed with me and pointed out that Hitler might no longer even be alive.
Although it had looked for a minute as if Himmler had regained his composure, in fact he was still quite out of control. He shouted at me, "What's going to happen? It's all over, nothing can be saved now!" Then he whispered quietly, "I must take my life, I must take my life! Or what do you think I should do?" And when I did not answer him he shouted at me in his guttural native Munich dialect, "Why don't you tell me? Tell me, tell me what I am supposed to do!" And he went on shouting the same thing over and over again.
I answered him quietly: "Flee the country. I hope you have all the necessary documents."
Schellenberg then intervened and explained to me that Dr. Brandt had taken the requisite measures for any eventuality. But he did not say what these measures were.
"Tell me what to do, please tell me what to do!" Himmler repeated, as he stood in front of me like a frightened schoolboy about to be caned, alternately chewing his fingernails and raising his cigar to his lips with trembling hands. "What am I to do, what am I to do?" he went on. And then in answer to his own question: "I must take my life; there's nothing else I can do!"
Himmler had actually made no plans. He had simply come to grief. And in this desperate situation from which there was no way out, an astrologer who had been persecuted by the Nazis and forced to live in their prisons and dark cells as a detainee was expected to advise his torturer.
At last Himmler's suppressed sobs died away, but he still chewed nervously at his nails. Then he suddenly looked at me suspiciously and asked, "What do you propose to do if Schellenberg's mission fails?"
"I shall return to Hamburg tomorrow," I replied, "and wait for the English to enter the city. We can already hear their guns on the other side of the Elbe."
Schellenberg then returned to his project, which eventually received Himmler's approval.
"I'll have the requisite documents made out so that you can undertake your journey, Herr Schellenberg," he said. He then rang for an orderly and told him to instruct his secretary to draw up the necessary authorizations. He also told him that he wished to speak to General Grothmann.
It looked as if Schellenberg had been saved. But no sooner had this decision been taken than Himmler tried to reverse it and keep Schellenberg at his side. He literally clung to the man, who, for his part, was still trying, at considerable danger to himself and without a thought of personal advantage, to alleviate the fate of the German people. I now had to use all my powers of persuasion and provide relevant astrological information in order to impress on Himmler that Schellenberg's trip to Sweden was absolutely vital.
Himmler knew something about astrological techniques. He was acquainted with the fundamental principles of a horoscope and knew how to apply them. After a further hour's conversation he understood the astrological necessity for Schellenberg's mission and finally authorized it. Himmler then studied my interpretation of the horoscope, and because of the Jupiter-Saturn aspects which he found there and which he proceeded to explain with lively gestures, he gradually calmed down. He was not the slightest bit angered by the criticisms to which we had subjected him.
Considering his opportunities for action, Himmler had cut a very poor figure in the political developments of recent years. His whole attitude had been wrong. And now, even though Schellenberg had placed him in a decidedly dangerous position by his precipitate behavior during the discussion with Bernadotte on the Danish border, he still vacillated.
I realized that night that I was a complete enigma to Himmler and that he had never really understood my clear-cut astrological statements. He had twisted them to suit his own requirements. We have already seen that Himmler's offer to the Western Allies to surrender all troops under his command was published in the foreign press on April 25. The offer was made without Hitler's approval, although it would scarcely have been possible to obtain this through the confused German communications system. Himmler did not even receive an acknowledgment from the Allies. They preferred to ignore this offer from the Reichsführer and commander in chief of the SS. His offer had come decidedly late in the day. By then the Allied victory was assured.
Now, at the last moment, Himmler clung to his friends. If Himmler's health had been bad at Hohenlychen, by now it was positively pitiable. Without Kersten, he lacked both physical and spiritual solace. At that time Kersten was safely at home in Stockholm, probably sitting in front of his writing desk playing with the banknotes that he had so recently acquired. I wonder if he was thinking of his benefactor Heinrich Himmler at that moment. Admiral Doenitz was at Flensburg, discharging his duties as Hitler's deputy. He would be kept from his bed that night, for he had to sign the papers authorizing Schellenberg's ambassadorial appointment. By then Schwerin von Krosigk had been made Foreign Minister. He had been warmly recommended to Himmler by Schellenberg.
The document authorizing Schellenberg's journey to Sweden gave him full powers to enter into special negotiations with regard to the capitulation of the German troops stationed in Norway and Denmark. It was drawn up by Baron Steengracht von Moyland, Secretary of State under the new Foreign Minister, and was extremely important for Schellenberg's mission and for his negotiations with Count Bernadotte.
Schellenberg had already introduced Count Bernadotte to SS Officer Eichmann. Apart from the voluminous official index of prisoners held in concentration camps, there was only one private index in existence in the Third Reich, and that was Eichmann's. His index listed all prisoners and all political detainees from foreign countries, stating either the camp in which they were being held or the special detachment for which they were working. Eichmann knew the precise whereabouts of the majority of these prisoners and played an important part in locating prisoners during the final phase of Nazi rule.
After the question of Schellenberg's journey had been definitely settled, Himmler suddenly had a new idea. He wanted to fly to join General Schörner's army group, which had just arrived in Czechoslovakia from the east, and await events there. He asked me what I thought of this plan. Dr. Brandt had already told me about General Schörner's plans to push forward into southern Germany from Czechoslovakia, during our conversation at Hartzwalde on April 14. He had asked me to subject this project to an astrological analysis and also to establish which part of Germany would remain unoccupied! I had then investigated both of these matters and provided Brandt with written reports. In reply to Himmler's question I now took from my file my own copy of the report on General Schörner's plan and handed it to Himmler. Its contents were not calculated to encourage him in his undertaking.
At that time two army groups were still intact and capable of resistance. General Schörner, who commanded the first of these, had recently been to Hitler's bunker at Berlin to discuss the military situation. His troops were undefeated and fully equipped. In his delusion Himmler imagined that after joining Schörner, he would be able to link up with the second of these two army groups, which was stationed in the south and led by Field Marshal Kesselring, and continue the war until the autumn of 1945. Three-quarters of the fighting forces in the south were still capable of resistance but were badly placed for the defense of either the east or the west. On April 22, it still seemed possible to use these army groups to defer the ultimate catastrophe, for that was the only thing that interested the Nazi leaders; they wanted to prolong their lease on life for as long as possible. Meanwhile, the situation had changed drastically.
Earlier Himmler had entertained the idea of flying to Berlin to join Hitler in his bunker. Although Schellenberg thought he had managed to dissuade him from this project, on April 25, he asked me whether I considered it likely, from an astrological point of view, that Himmler would still try to put this plan into effect. His first attempt to do so had proved abortive, for after reaching Nauen, he had returned to Plön or Flensburg.
On April 15, at Hartzwalde, Schellenberg had also asked me whether I thought he ought to attend the Fuehrer's birthday celebrations and urged me to use my influence with Brandt in the hope that he might dissuade Himmler from taking part; we both felt that a personal meeting between Himmler and Hitler must be prevented at all costs, because of the risk that Himmler might be carried away by his sense of loyalty to the Fuehrer. But on the following day Brandt came to Hartzwalde with the news that Himmler would be attending Hitler's birthday celebrations after all. Since then the only contact between these two had been by telephone. This continued up to April 27.
At this point in the conversation Himmler asked me to tell him about a number of private matters from his horoscope. For the most part these concerned his family, his children, and his mistress, Liesel Potthas. He then spoke of our "friendship" and said that Schellenberg, Kersten, and we two must stick together. After this Himmler rose to his feet and prepared to dismiss us. As we were leaving, he asked me whether there would he another air raid that night. Schellenberg, who knew my yellow list of daily planetary aspects, replied that there would not. There were no dangerous aspects listed for that time.
For Schellenberg the outcome of this talk was highly satisfactory. Himmler was sending him to Sweden. He had come to Himmler with a guilty conscience, because he had already been pushing ahead with the negotiations with the Swedes to put an end to the catastrophe as quickly as possible. Now Schellenberg was traveling with Himmler's knowledge.
Himmler now left the room, and Schellenberg was told that he would receive his authorization in an hour's time. We then returned to the Danziger Hof Hotel. Our proposals for the cessation of hostilities in Norway and Denmark had been approved. Schellenberg had grown more confident and had gained fresh hope from this conversation. As for Himmler, he was waiting for the death of the Fuehrer, news of which had not yet arrived.
I then told Schellenberg that I wanted to return to Hamburg at once. As I waited in one of the temporary office rooms allocated to Department VI for the car which was to be placed at my disposal, I heard various SS officers talking to one another; they included adjutant Fälschlein. After joining up with a group of officers from Department VI at Wesselburen, Fälschlein had asked if accommodation could be found for him at Lübeck. He and his men were clinging to Schellenberg. They all knew that the general had important connections abroad. When Fälschlein asked Himmler what he should do later on, he was told to go into hiding until such time as it was safe to come out into the open again. Fälschlein and Kirrimayer were the only people with whom Himmler was on 'du' terms; they were "blood brothers." Meanwhile, my SS car had arrived and I told the driver to return to Hamburg by the Lubeck main road and not by the Autobahn. This was my last journey in an SS car, and this time I was giving the orders.
On my way back to Hamburg I thought about this final conversation with Himmler. He really was still deluding himself with the idea that General Schörner could hold out against the Allies for a considerable period. This was the very last glimmer of hope in an otherwise completely hopeless situation. Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the SS, who had held forth about the heroism of the ancient Teutons to his subordinates; Himmler, the terror of the concentration camps, of the Jews, and of all those persecuted for their political opinions, wanted to crawl away like a frightened mole and hide in the mountains of southern Germany with General Schörner's army. He was just a pettifogging bureaucrat with scruples, but like his junior officers, he was true to his flag and true to his oath. His only other saving grace was economy. When it came to finances, he balanced his books down to the last pfennig.
Now, in the closing days of the Hitler Reich, he was a wanderer in a hostile world, just like his Fuehrer, who awaited the end in the bunker of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin. When all was lost and he was safe from Hitler's vengeance, he renounced his allegiance. Then, like Hitler, Himmler escaped earthly justice by committing suicide after he had been arrested by the English in the summer of 1945. The struggle between the swastika and the zodiac had been decided. National Socialism was smashed and disappeared from the scene. Astrology in Germany, although decades behind the times, remained.
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Some of the official documents recorded by Schellenberg concerning Wulff's predictions. div>
Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy:
video concerning Wulff's influence upon Himmler, with commentary by Nicholas Campion. (The section concerning Wulff is featured from timestamp 49 mins until end).