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The Devil's Doctor: Felix Kersten and the Secret Plot to Turn Himmler Against Hitler

The Devil's Doctor: Felix Kersten and the Secret Plot to Turn Himmler Against Hitler

John H. Waller

ISBN: 978-0-471-39672-7

Feb 2002

320 pages

Select type: Hardcover


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The Devil's Doctor

The true story of one man s courageous fight against unspeakable evil

In May 1940, as Nazi panzers overran the Netherlands, Felix Kersten received a summons he dared not refuse. A successful and prosperous physical therapist who had ministered to the Dutch royal family, Kersten was ""asked"" to forsake his adopted home in the Netherlands and become personal physician to Nazi Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler. While others might have spent the ensuing years paying fearful obeisance to this monstrous and unpredictable master, Kersten discovered that he had both the means and the courage to manipulate the surprisingly naive Himmler. In doing so, he saved thousands of lives and actually persuaded Himmler to join in a plot to overthrow Himmler s hero, Adolf Hitler.

The Devil s Doctor tells the incredible true story of how one brave man did everything he could, and more than he ever imagined, to turn the corrupt and maniacal Nazi power structure against itself and prevent the slaughter of thousands. This riveting and compelling tale will convince you that one person s courage and determination truly can make a difference.

Praise for John Waller s The Unseen War in Europe

""Superb.... Mr. Waller knows his territory."" --The Washington Times

""One of the most readable histories ever published of espionage, conspiracies, and intrigues that formed the backdrop against which the war s military campaigns were fought. . . . John H. Waller writes credibly and authoritatively on his subject."" --Cleveland Plain Dealer


1. Felix Kersten: A Man of Influence.

2. Kersten's Dutch Connection.

3. Walter Schellenberg: Senior Nazi Intelligence Officer.

4. Rendezvous at Zhitomir: Genesis of High Treason.

5. Helsinki.

6. Searching for Contacts with the West.

7. Saving Switzerland.

8. Turkey and the Balkans.

9. Hitler: Unfit to Rule.

10. The Astrologer.

11. Himmler, the Man.

12. Enter the OSS.

13. Hewitt Reports to President Roosevelt.

14. Murder Plot Puts Kersten at Risk.

15. Jews in Jeopardy.

16. Negotiations with the Devil.

17. Eleventh-Hour Rescue of Jewish Captives.

18. Schellenberg Tries to Negotiate Surrender in Scandinavia.

19. Himmler's Demise.


Appendix 1: The Image of Europe.

Appendix 2: Russia Wanted to Attack Poland together with Germany.

Appendix 3: The Dutch Art Treasures . . .

Appendix 4: My Journey to Finland.

Appendix 5: Final Report on the Deliverance of the Warsaw Men.

Appendix 6: Discussions on Peace with Mr. Hewitt.

Appendix 7: An Account of Schellenberg's and Bernadotte's Efforts to Free Nazi Death Camp Victims.

Appendix 8: The Reichsfuhrer SS and Chief of German Police.

Appendix 9: Subject: Activities of Dr. Felix Kersten, Stockholm, SAFEHAVEN.