Death mask of a monster: Taken just minutes after his suicide by cyanide, the unseen picture of Himmler put up for auction. But who would want to buy such a sick memento?

As he lies dead on a makeshift bed, his school- masterly round glasses still perched on his nose, it is hard to believe that this pathetic figure of a man was responsible for one of the largest genocides in history.

Taken just minutes after he had bitten down on a cyanide capsule, this previously unseen picture shows the still warm  body of Heinrich Himmler, head of the dreaded SS and the twisted mastermind of the Holocaust.

It was taken by Corporal Guy Adderley of the Intelligence Corps in May 1945, one of the team who interrogated Himmler after his arrest at a British checkpoint in northern Germany as he tried to flee in disguise following the fall of the Third Reich.


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