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.

Colorization version.

Category: WW2

11 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.

    1. Wink Dinkerson

      Spare me your idiotic spiel of Nazi bullshit.
      Himmler honorable? Yeah right, Who went running to the allies to surrender cos he was shitting his little panties at the thought of the Ruskies getting hold of him, then diguised himself as a Sarge to try and get away like a little rat.
      Who formed the Einsatzgruppen? Himmler. What a charming lot they were hey? Very bravely following the germ army killing, raping and generally wiping out the poor Ruskie peasants, Very brave men indeed.
      Who formed the K.Zs? Again that scum Himmler. 6 million plus people died because of the monster, Yes Monster.
      Fainting at the site of blood, What a great manly man, “don’t hurt me dont hurt me, i dont like blood”, Fuckin cowardly little cunt.
      Now on to the Russians: One thing i will agree with you on is, Yes Stalin was an arsehole with little mans syndrome, he was only about 5.5.
      Yep he murdered many of his own countrymen if they didn’t do as he said, so yes a cunt in my book.
      More on the Russkies for ya:
      Answer me this question if you can. What would you do if some country invaded you and raped and killed your parents, your children, burned down your village, (with people in it mind you) and generally totalled the whole joint?
      When the tide turned, wouldn’t you want a little payback for the attrocities you have witnessed?
      The Nazi fuckwits started the whole deal and got what they deserved in return.
      Most of the “hero’s” tried to run away to Brazil or someother little shitpot joint, couldnt face up to justice.
      Very brave indeed, and how anybody can defend their actions is beyond me.
      Now piss off.

      1. Carolyn Wright

        I agree. He organised the mass killing of completely innocent people based on their ethnicity, sexual orientation or political beliefs – you can’t defend the indefensible. He was evil pure and simple.

        1. Greg

          Absolutely right. Trying to defend the indefensible is what we call “trying to push shit uphill.” Apparently, Himmler’s deluded daughter Gudrun grew into a proper little Nazi princess and intended writing a book to “clear” her father’s name. Now that’s an awful lot of shit to push uphill 😉

          “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” – Winston Churchill

  2. davidgrahamscott

    They say Himmler didn’t like the sight of blood but do you think that’s true? If he was a chicken farmer he must have killed chickens. Maybe his extermination ideas came from the chicken killing? Just a thought.

  3. uniform-check

    This foto is mirrored to have the nazi’s on the left side. Germans always wore the eagles on the right and the ribbons on the left side.

    1. davidgrahamscott

      A common device done by journalists as photos are easier to read from left to right like the written word. Good observation!

    2. Wink Dinkerson

      Yep, your right, very good pick up, the negative could have been placed heads or tails,
      One thing though, it dont make a zak of diffrence either way,
      The fact is, the vile little poor excuse for a man was a pathetic turd.
      Picture him in a pair of shorts and a t shirt, without his uniform and silly looking Nazi crap on his lapels.
      What you would see would be a pissweak underdeveloped whimpy little shitrag
      l would have loved 5 minutes alone wih the cunt.


Leave a Reply