Himmler and a prisoner locked in a staring contest: The Defiance

By RHP | Posted on: December 24, 2013 | Updated on: December 24, 2013
This is what defiance looks like. Himmler and the prisoner, 1941.

This is what defiance looks like. Himmler and the prisoner, 1941.

The February 2010 Telegraph Obituary published a photograph captioned “Greasley confronting Heinrich Himmler (wearing the spectacles) in the PoW camp”. The photograph and its description has subsequently been republished by other news sources. The photograph comes from Himmler’s visit to a Shirokaya Street POW camp in Minsk, USSR taken in August 1941. Additional photographs from the visit as well as film footage of Himmler’s visit shows more of the camp as well as the events before and after the famous picture was taken.

The shirtless man in the photograph is not Horace Greasley but an unnamed Soviet POW wearing a standard-issue Red Army “pilotka” side-cap. When interviewed by the Leicester Mercury, the historian Guy Walters said that he “had no doubt whatsoever” that the man in the photograph was not Greasley.

Heinrich Himmler was one of the chief architects of the holocaust, Hitler’s #1 right-hand man, chief of the Gestapo and oversaw all concentration camps, probably the most evil Nazi. You had to be a hard man to look Himmler in the face like that. This is standing for what’s right, this is a single man who, after losing so much, stands up and stares Himmler himself. This image is defiance.

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Category: WW2

4 thoughts on “Himmler and a prisoner locked in a staring contest: The Defiance

    1. Wink Dinkerson

      Actually that scum Himmler is one pace past the Russian soldier, so he is indeed looking into the eyes of the monster.
      Use the wooden post as a reference point to where they actually are.
      Would have loved to see that Russian meet up with that cowardly little piece of filth one on one, without his weak gutted goons around him.
      Rot in hell Himmler, you disgusting little pile of vermin!

      1. David Graham Scott

        Yes, I think you may be right!! Well done for rechecking that for me.
        You should read what The Jewish Avenger had to say re the execution he would have liked Himmler to have gone through. It would have been quite a spectacle involving a Jewish transexual as the chief executioner torturing him with burning and flogging for several hours before a 200 ft tall guillotine blade took his head off.

  1. Nord Land

    The Russians were even more repulsive, cowardly and vile than Himmler. That POW represents yet another Soviet soldier, the sort that went on a raping spree in Germany to sexually violate German children, women and the elderly and infirm.

    Anyone having violent revenge fantasies against Himmler 70 years after his death really needs to get therapy. That kind of anger can only do you harm.

    Himmler was a mere bureaucrat, not a soldier, and he fainted at the sight of blood. He also oversaw a camp system that included many enemies of his government, as well as those who committed sex crimes against children. Unlike Hans Frank, Himmler was also a good father, as the fanatical loyalty his daughter establishes.

    To attempt to dehumanize Himmler as a “monster” shows little historical perspective. Himmler was honorable, compared to the likes of Stalin or Mao.


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