Naval War College Review


Richard Norton


Reinhard Heydrich, Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, favorite of Heinrich Himmler, and architect of the Nazis’ notorious “final solution,” stares out of a seventy-year-old pho- tograph looking more movie star than monster. Yet monster he was, in a party of monsters. Any biography of this once-rising star of the Third Reich must ask and attempt to answer the question, How does a person become a monster? Robert Gerwarth does as well as any scholar in answering this question. He meticulously charts the course of Heydrich’s life. Heydrich’s childhood was relatively normal. His family held the values of the middle class, perhaps a bit more so than most, since his father ran a music conservatory.