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Himmler's private documents resurface in Israel

Hundreds of private letters, notes and photographs belonging to Hitler's henchman Heinrich Himmler have been found in Israel, a German newspaper reported Saturday. Himmler, a visceral anti-Semite who was chief of the SS and German police, played a key role in the elimination of all opposition to Hitler and implementation of the Holocaust: the concentration camps were under his authority. The personal documents belong to a private collection in Tel Aviv, said Die Welt, which possesses copies of them.

TV's 'Derrick' served in Nazi Waffen SS

The late German actor who starred in the wildly popular television crime show "Derrick" was a member of Hitler's notorious Waffen SS, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Friday. Horst Tappert, who played the beloved baggy-eyed detective from 1974 to 1998 in a programme that ran in more than 100 countries, was a member of an SS tank regiment on the Russian front, according to the report. According to archives listing next-of-kin for Wehrmacht soldiers, Tappert joined the Waffen SS at the latest in 1943, the newspaper said. Tappert died in 2008.
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