An unbelievable story of treason and treachery within the Third Reich The Devil's Doctor is the intriguing account of an unsung hero of World War II Dr. Felix Kersten. The physical therapist to Heinrich Himmler, one of the most infamous figures in history, Kersten probably had more influence on him than anyone else. He secretly collaborated with the Dutch underground, conspired with the head of Nazi intelligence to steer Himmler toward turning against Hitler, and, in his crowning achievement, facilitated the release of thousands of Jews still remaining in death camps during the waning days of the Third Reich. The Devil's Doctor brings special insight to spy vs. spy intrigue and the moral depravity at the core of the Nazi empire.
JOHN H. WALLER, an intelligence officer during World War II and a foreign service officer abroad in the postwar era, is an acclaimed historian and the author of five previous books, including The Unseen War in Europe: Espionage and Conspiracy in the Second World War. He lives in McLean, Virginia.
Acknowledgments. Prologue. 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. Epilogue. 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. Notes. Bibliography. Index.