- He was never involved with Nazi Party policy-making decisions in the years leading up to the seizure of power
- He was second-in-command of the SS, then Reichsfuhrer-SS, and then just a message-reporter to Hitler
- He wanted to succeed Hitler
- Hitler thought that Himmler’s mystic interests were nonsense
- He was never a member of Hitler’s inner circle
- When he learned that Hitler planned to die in Berlin, he left his leader to try to save himself.