Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler’s daughter worked for Germany’s intelligence agency in the 1960s despite never having renounced her father or his views, the agency revealed on Friday.
Himmler’s daughter Gudrun Burwitz worked as a secretary at the agency under an assumed name from 1961 to 1963, reported The Independent. She was a Holocaust denier until her death in May at the age of 88. She also participated in the secretive organization Stille Hilfe, which was established in the 1950s to assist former Nazi leaders on trial or in hiding.
German newspaper Bild broke the story, leading the German spy agency to comment even though it normally refrains from giving information about employees. (RELATED: One Of The Last Navajo Code Talkers Just Passed Away At 94)
“The timing of [Burwitz’s] departure coincided with the onset of a change in the understanding and the handling of employees who were involved with the Nazis,” said Bodo Hechelhammer, head of the agency’s history department, according to Reuters.
As commander of the Schutzstaffel (SS), Burwitz’s father played a major role in the deaths of six million Jews in the Holocaust. Himmler killed himself when he was captured by the British in 1945.
The news comes as Germany has come under fire for not doing enough to keep ex-Nazis out of its intelligence services after World War II, reported Reuters.
Burwitz worked for the spy agency while it was under the leadership of former Nazi intelligence commander Reinhard Gehlen.
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