a short compilation of prose and poetry written by a postwar American woman inspired by the Third Reich.
In an interview Lina Heydrich stated her thoughts on her husband’s passing: “I tend to believe today that he wanted this end. It seemed to me he had long embraced the idea of dying soon. Apparently he knew that he who had decided whether other people lived or died, would soon have his own “death warrant” handed to him. I know it sounds trite but I believe he wanted to sacrifice himself.”
I think that Reinhard Heydrich, and many of his contemporaries in the ruling positions of the Third Reich, had a concept and a grasp that they were working with forces much greater than themselves. I think that this is one of the reasons why they were able to so selflessly give themselves to the cause, to think of the good of the whole and not just how things affected them as individuals. They possibly knew, on some subconscious level, that they were embodying archetypes from the beginnings of human history. An old Wehrmacht vet I knew when I was young told me that he felt like the entire years of 1933 to 1945 were like a play or a film, a very grandiose and Wagnerian drama, and everybody knew what their part was. And that also includes knowing when it is time to make your exit. When it is time to die, die bravely and gloriously. I believe that it was best said by Goebbels, who, when being told that the War was lost, said something like: “The world will tremble at our going.”