Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller’s Mysterious Disappearance, Was He a Soviet Spy?
The mysterious disappearance of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller after the Second World War is a mystery to many. Was he really dead or went into hiding? Although many stories were appeared ‘confirming’ about his burial in Berlin during 1945, any convincing information on Müller’s disappearance is sure to raise the curiosity bar of politicians and mystery seekers.
In order to understand more clearly about what is Müller, we need to delve deeper into his personality composition that was shaped by his early part of his career. Unfortunately, we don’t have much information from his superiors or top Nazis as they were either dead or committed suicide. For example, Reinhard Heydrich killed in 1942, Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Goering committed suicide during an international tribunal in 1945. Another notorious man Martin Bormann too was disappeared or killed without a trace. This means those who could provide vital information on Gestapo Müller were unavailable.
Müller, the SS Gruppenfuehrer was mentored by Reich strongman Reynard Heydrich who masterminded liquidation of millions of political and racial opponents opposed to the Nazis. From the earlier records we can understand one thing about him, Müller was a professional to the core. He was against Communism and Nazism and came down heavily on both. History says that he was loyal to the Weimer Republic and advocated harsh force against the Nazis during Hitler’s putsch in 1923. In the preceding years, Müller was aggressive against the Nazis till they capture power in 1933. At this crucial stage, we need to analyze Müller carefully. From being anti-Nazi he turned to be an ardent Nazi administrator for his survival. During 1930s Heydrich patronized Müller for his professionalism and dedication to work. In fact, he was appreciated by Heydrich for his policing roles against the Nazis themselves.
We need to go into detail. We can see that Gestapo Müller was turned by Heydrich to execute special tasks in the years to come. Heydrich was known for masterminding mass arrest and execution. He could have used the past record of Müller to eliminate him. On the contrary, Heydrich mentored and promoted him. Two things happened here. One is Müller became loyal to Nazi cause. Secondly, his loyalty and obedience were only to Heydrich his original patron who gave him the carte blanche where he can use professional skills and creativity. Müller was never a politician. On the contrary, Heydrich was a politician who was committed to National Socialism to uphold German nationalism and eliminate Jewish dominance in political and economic affairs of post-war Germany 1919.
For any young man, career is important. They switch sides, change loyalties for the sake of career. We can analyze the personality and mindset of Gestapo Müller in this manner. Müller was extraordinarily talented when it comes to policing, spying, masterminding execution et al. To excel in the profession he has to be loyal to Heydrich and that gave him professional satisfaction. Then what happened?
Let us go further, we can see Müller playing a key role in Red Orchestra. Adolf Hitler wanted world dominion, want to outsmart the West in a straight war, wipe out the Soviet Union from the world map. Heydrich was the man who vehemently executed Hitler’s pet theme Aryan supremacy, destroys Communism, anything which is propagated by the Jews, and wanted to create a Jew-free world. To attain this, Hitler was dependent on Heydrich who was the deputy to Heinrich Himmler. What happens at this point. Himmler gives orders to Heydrich who devised barbarous plans and Gestapo chief Müller simply executed it. When the West turned hostile to Germany, Hitler made strategic agreements with Joseph Stalin for oil and wheat to sustain his war effort.
We all know the Soviet Union is a natural enemy of Nazi Germany. On the contrary, the West was just an artificial enemy. Müller was a talented professional. Records say Mueller orchestrated espionage and counter-espionage activities, infiltrated into the Soviet spy network in Germany and distributed false information to the Soviet Intelligence Service also known as Red Orchestra. Going by the events, we can understand one thing, he had cultivated key people in the Soviet Intelligence wing. He can use this relationship for his own survival or success and this is going to be the most important part of the enigma in Müller.
Delve deeper. In 1942, Müller’s original patron Heydrich was assassinated by British trained Czech insurgents. Once the leadership changes, attitude of people also will change. Towards the end of 1942, Germans faced utter defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad. Now a clear scenario is emerging. The Soviets were in a position to oust Germans from the Soviet mainland and can do more. It is at this stage, Müller’s role becomes suspicious or ‘forces of circumstances’ prompting one to think about survival.
We all know that only fools will opt for suicidal decisions. The Soviets want key information, intelligence officials in Moscow were buddies of Müller during Hitler – Stalin pact where Germany was benefited with oil and wheat and the Soviets received technical know-how from Germany for arms modernization. Stalin was a tough negotiator, and Germany had to part technology, other information under the supervision of Gestapo read Müller. So, after the Battle of Stalingrad what happened? The West wanted to open a second front in Italy or France but they were wary of the huge loss of manpower. But there is only limited time as the Soviets scored another victory in the Battle of Kursk, followed by that putting an end to Siege of Leningrad. Now comrade Stalin is talking tough. He is telling about ‘full capitulation of the enemy’, follow the German invaders to the cradle of Nazism, that is Berlin.
That means what? Leaders in the top Nazi hierarchy were trying to save their lives. Some met Allen Dulles the head of OSS to buy peace with the West with the assurance that ‘War in East’ will continue. Quite interestingly, Soviet Intelligence was getting up to date information. If one goes through the book ’17 Moments of Spring’, one can learn about the spymaster Otto Von Shtirlitz a mysterious Soviet spy who ably helped to abort German nuclear plan and stonewall secret negotiation with the West by key Nazis like Walter Schulenburg, a Heinrich Himmler loyalist. The book also talked about how German V2 rocket meant for using against invading Red Army was made to disappear and how the Polish city Krakow was saved from German mining by the careful planning of Shtirtiz.
Yulian Semenov the author of ’17 Moments of Spring’ himself was a Soviet spy. We see in the story, after the successful completion of sabotage, Shtirlitz drove to the Soviet Union and was awarded by Stalin as Hero of Soviet Union. Now the question is who is this Shtirlitz? Researchers have proved that Otto Von Shtirlitz was a fictitious character. Although top Nazis wondered about the outcome of the war and talked among themselves against it, Shtirlitz was not speaking anything against the war. It was also said that Shtirlitz killed only once also. But by careful reading, one can understand Shtirlitz was an encyclopedia of information on Nazi Germany. To the outsiders, Shtirlitz appeared to a positivist about the war or appeared to a Hitler loyalist. A carefully cultivated image to mislead the readers.
Let us have a comparison at this point. We can see one person in Nazi Germany who appeared unperturbed at the outcome of the war and that is Müller. How can we state this? After the Normandy landings, the Liberation troops of the Allies fought in France to liberate it. In German terminology, it is known as ‘Ardennes Offensive’. Quite interestingly, Heinrich Müller made an interesting comment about this, “After the Ardennes Offensive, Paris will be recaptured.” One can make out this as a ‘confidence or will’ not to surrender to the Allies. But think otherwise, as we need to have lateral thinking to reach the truth. If the allies are defeated in the Ardennes Offensive as expected by Müller, the invading Red Army can not only reach Berlin but also can reach the shores of France while liberating nations one by one occupied Nazi Germany.
The plot thickens. Now the picture is clear. Müller was a professional and he clearly understood it is the time of Stalin and the only way to survive was to turn to the Soviet Union for a career as well as for survival. He had cultivated friends in the Soviet Intelligence wing during Red Orchestra. The spymaster that appear in ’17 Moments of Spring’ was none other than Heinrich Müller who executed key tasks for the Soviet Union. If so, what about the information like ‘Shtirlitz killed only once’? The answer is simple, this information was carefully intended to mislead the thinking ones or to avoid suspecting Müller.
Circumstantial evidence clearly proves Otto Von Shtirlitz is Heinrich Müller. Müller clearly knew that if he defected to the West, he will be caught by the Nazi hunters. For him, the easy escape route was Moscow, where he will be empowered and engaged under an iron curtain. Without him, the Soviets could not have made the liberation of Europe easy. Now that the needle of suspicion is turning towards Müller who made things favorable to the Soviet Union in the Second World War, one of the most wanted among the Nazis responsible for the holocaust, the Soviet intelligence should declassify the secrets on Müller. It is also high time that Mossad and CIA should take a pro-active role in bringing the truth to the public.