Recktenwalds are am old Family in the region of St. Wendel. St. Wendel is situated near Saarbruecken close to the french border. The region of Saarbruecken, the Saargebiet, has often been changed between France and Germany. In the 19th century it was a part of the prussian Rheinprovinz.
There are legends the Recktenwald came in the 16th or 17th century from Tyrol in Austria (or Southern Tyrol in Italy.) Legends tell, there where two brothers, one of them settled to the Saargebiet, the other went to America.
The name Recktenwald is without any reasonable meaning in german. "Wald" means "wood" or "forest" but "Reckten" means absolutly nothing, except a suite of letters.
As in Germany, till 1806, the religion of the people was determined by the local sovereign and the Saargebiet was a catholic region, most of Recktenwalds are catholic by tradition.
Marpingen, Urexweiler and Niederlinxweiler near St. Wendel are the towns, where the name appears most. There is part of a village called "Rektenwald´s Mühle" (recorded to the maps in incorrect spelling).
In Marpingen is a well, where some young girls say, to have visions of St. Mary or even the whole holy family. At www.marienerscheinungen.de you can see the legend of a Recktenwald, a miner who was healed of his illness about 1880 (if you speak german and believe in wonders).
There was never a Recktenwald married to Himmler or another nazi great. The Saargebiet in 1933 was under french government and fell back to germany in 1935, when the nazis where allready settled.