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The Gestapo
Gestapo
(German pronunciation: [ɡeˈstaːpo, ɡəˈʃtaːpo] ( listen)), abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police),[2][3] was the official secret police of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and German-occupied Europe. The force was created by Hermann Göring
Hermann Göring
in 1933 by combining the various security police agencies of Prussia
Prussia
into one organisation. Beginning on 20 April 1934 it passed to the administration of Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS) national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen Polizei) by Hitler. The Gestapo
Gestapo
at this time becoming a national rather than a Prussian state agency as a suboffice of the Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
(SiPo) (Security Police). Then from 27 September 1939 forward, it was administered by the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) (Reich Main Security Office) and was considered a sister organisation to the SS Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst
(SD) (Security Service). During World War II, the Gestapo
Gestapo
played a key role in the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

Contents

1 History 2 Counterintelligence 3 Resistance

3.1 Religious dissent 3.2 Student opposition 3.3 General opposition and military conspiracy

4 Organization

4.1 Department A (Political Opponents) 4.2 Department B (Sects and Churches) 4.3 Department C (Administration and Party Affairs) 4.4 Department D (Occupied Territories) 4.5 Department E (Security and counterintelligence) 4.6 Ranks 4.7 Pay grades 4.8 Membership 4.9 Uniforms

5 Population ratios, methods and effectiveness 6 Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trials

6.1 Aftermath

7 Principal agents and officers 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit]

Rudolf Diels, first Commander of the Gestapo; 1933–1934

Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
and Hermann Göring
Hermann Göring
at the meeting to formally hand over control of the Gestapo
Gestapo
(Berlin, 1934).

As part of the agreement in which Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
became Chancellor of Germany, Hermann Göring—future commander of the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
and the number two man in the Nazi Party—was named Interior Minister of Prussia.[4] This gave Göring command of the largest police force in Germany. Soon afterward, Göring detached the political and intelligence sections from the police and filled their ranks with Nazis. On 26 April 1933, Göring merged the two units as the Geheime Staatspolizei, which was abbreviated by a post office clerk for a franking stamp and became known as the "Gestapo".[5][6] He originally wanted to name it the Secret Police Office (Geheimes Polizeiamt), but the German initials, "GPA", were too similar to those of the Soviet Gosudarstvennoye Politicheskoye Upravlenie or "State Political Directorate", known as the GPU.[7] The first commander of the Gestapo
Gestapo
was Rudolf Diels, a protégé of Göring. Diels was appointed with the title of chief of Abteilung Ia (Department 1a) of the Political Police of the Prussian Interior Ministry.[8] Diels was best known as the primary interrogator of Marinus van der Lubbe
Marinus van der Lubbe
after the Reichstag fire. In late 1933, the Reich Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick
Wilhelm Frick
wanted to integrate all the police forces of the German states under his control. Göring outflanked him by removing the Prussian political and intelligence departments from the state interior ministry.[9] Göring took over the Gestapo
Gestapo
in 1934 and urged Hitler to extend the agency's authority throughout Germany. This represented a radical departure from German tradition, which held that law enforcement was (mostly) a Land (state) and local matter. In this, he ran into conflict with Heinrich Himmler, who was police chief of the second most powerful German state, Bavaria. Frick did not have the muscle to take on Göring by himself so he allied with Himmler. With Frick's support, Himmler (pushed on by his right-hand man, Reinhard Heydrich) took over the political police of state after state. Soon only Prussia
Prussia
was left.[10] Concerned that Diels was not ruthless enough to effectively counteract the power of the Sturmabteilung
Sturmabteilung
(SA), Göring handed over control of the Gestapo
Gestapo
to Himmler on 20 April 1934.[11] Also on that date, Hitler appointed Himmler chief of all German police outside Prussia. Heydrich, named chief of the Gestapo
Gestapo
by Himmler on 22 April 1934, also continued as head of the SS Security Service (Sicherheitsdienst; SD).[12] Himmler and Heydrich both immediately began installing their own personnel in select positions, several of whom were directly from the Bavarian Political Police like Heinrich Müller, Franz Josef Huber, and Josef Meisinger.[13] Many of the Gestapo
Gestapo
employees in the newly established offices were young and highly educated in a wide-variety of academic fields and moreover, represented a new generation of National Socialist adherents, who were hard-working, efficient, and prepared to carry the Nazi state forward through the persecution of their political opponents.[14]

1938 Gestapo
Gestapo
border inspection stamp applied when entering German controlled Silesia.

By the spring of 1934 Himmler's SS controlled the SD and the Gestapo, but for him, there was still a problem, as technically the SS (and the Gestapo
Gestapo
by proxy) was subordinated to the SA, which was under the command of Ernst Röhm.[15] Himmler wanted to free himself entirely from Röhm, whom he viewed as an obstacle.[16] Röhm's position was menacing as more than 4.5 million men fell under his command once the militias and veterans organisations were absorbed by the SA,[17] a fact which fuelled Röhm's aspirations; his dream of fusing the SA and Reichswehr together was undermining Hitler's relationships with the leadership of Germany's armed forces.[18] Several Nazi chieftains, among them Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, and Himmler, began a concerted campaign to convince Hitler to take action against Röhm.[19] Both the SD and Gestapo
Gestapo
released information concerning an imminent putsch by the SA.[20] Once persuaded, Hitler acted by setting Himmler's SS into action, who then proceeded to murder over 100 of Hitler's identified antagonists. While members of the Gestapo
Gestapo
did not participate in the killing, they supplied the information which implicated the SA and ultimately enabled Himmler and Heydrich to emancipate themselves entirely from the organisation.[21] For the Gestapo, the next two years following the Night of the Long Knives, a term describing the putsch against Röhm and the SA, were characterised by "behind-the-scenes political wrangling over policing".[22] On 17 June 1936, Hitler decreed the unification of all police forces in Germany and named Himmler as Chief of German Police.[23] This action effectively merged the police into the SS and removed it from Frick's control. Himmler was nominally subordinate to Frick as police chief, but as Reichsführer-SS, he answered only to Hitler. This move also gave Himmler operational control over Germany's entire detective force.[24] The Gestapo
Gestapo
became a national state agency. Himmler also gained authority over all of Germany's uniformed law enforcement agencies, which were amalgamated into the new Ordnungspolizei
Ordnungspolizei
(Orpo: Order Police), which became a national agency under SS general Kurt Daluege.[23] Shortly thereafter, Himmler created the Kriminalpolizei (Kripo: Criminal Police), merging it with the Gestapo
Gestapo
into the Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
(SiPo: Security Police), under Heydrich's command.[25] Heinrich Müller was at that time the Gestapo
Gestapo
operations chief.[26] He answered to Heydrich; Heydrich answered only to Himmler and Himmler answered only to Hitler.[23] The Gestapo
Gestapo
had the authority to investigate cases of treason, espionage, sabotage and criminal attacks on the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
and Germany. The basic Gestapo
Gestapo
law passed by the government in 1936 gave the Gestapo
Gestapo
carte blanche to operate without judicial review—in effect, putting it above the law.[27] The Gestapo
Gestapo
was specifically exempted from responsibility to administrative courts, where citizens normally could sue the state to conform to laws. As early as 1935, a Prussian administrative court had ruled that the Gestapo's actions were not subject to judicial review. The SS officer Werner Best, one-time head of legal affairs in the Gestapo,[28] summed up this policy by saying, "As long as the police carries out the will of the leadership, it is acting legally."[29]

1939 photograph; shown from left to right are Franz Josef Huber, Arthur Nebe, Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
and Heinrich Müller planning the investigation of the bomb assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler of 8 November 1939 in Munich.

On 27 September 1939, the security and police agencies of Nazi Germany—with the exception of the Orpo—were consolidated into the Reich Main Security Office
Reich Main Security Office
(RSHA), headed by Heydrich.[30] The Gestapo became Amt IV (Department IV) of RSHA
RSHA
and Müller became the Gestapo Chief, with Heydrich as his immediate superior.[31] After Heydrich's 1942 assassination, Himmler assumed the leadership of the RSHA
RSHA
until January 1943, when Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
was appointed chief.[32] Müller remained the Gestapo
Gestapo
Chief. His direct subordinate Adolf Eichmann headed the Gestapo's Office of Resettlement and then its Office of Jewish Affairs (Referat IV B4 or Sub-Department IV, Section B4).[33] During the Holocaust, Eichmann and his agency coordinated the mass deportation of European Jews to the Nazis' extermination camps.[34] The power of the Gestapo
Gestapo
included the use of what was called, Schutzhaft—"protective custody", a euphemism for the power to imprison people without judicial proceedings.[35] An oddity of the system was that the prisoner had to sign his own Schutzhaftbefehl, an order declaring that the person had requested imprisonment—presumably out of fear of personal harm. In addition, thousands of political prisoners throughout Germany—and from 1941, throughout the occupied territories under the Night and Fog Decree—simply disappeared while in Gestapo
Gestapo
custody.[36] Counterintelligence[edit] The Polish government in exile
Polish government in exile
in London during World War II
World War II
received sensitive military information about Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
from agents and informants throughout Europe. After Germany conquered Poland in the autumn of 1939, Gestapo
Gestapo
officials believed that they had neutralised Polish intelligence activities. However, certain Polish information about the movement of German police and SS units to the East during the German invasion of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in the autumn of 1941 was similar to information British intelligence secretly got through intercepting and decoding German police and SS messages sent by radio telegraphy.[37] In 1942, the Gestapo
Gestapo
discovered a cache of Polish intelligence documents in Prague
Prague
and were surprised to see that Polish agents and informants had been gathering detailed military information and smuggling it out to London, via Budapest
Budapest
and Istanbul. The Poles identified and tracked German military trains to the Eastern front and identified four Orpo battalions sent to conquered areas of the Soviet Union in October 1941 that engaged in war crimes and mass murder.[38] Polish agents also gathered detailed information about the morale of German soldiers in the East. After uncovering a sample of the information the Poles had reported, Gestapo
Gestapo
officials concluded that Polish intelligence activity represented a very serious danger to Germany. As late as 6 June 1944, Heinrich Müller—concerned about the leakage of information to the Allies—set up a special unit called Sonderkommando Jerzy that was meant to root out the Polish intelligence network in western and southwestern Europe.[39] Resistance[edit] Early in the regime's existence, harsh measures were meted out to political opponents and those who resisted Nazi doctrine (e.g., the Communists), a role the SA performed until the SD and Gestapo undermined their influence and took control of security in the Reich.[40] Because the Gestapo
Gestapo
seemed omniscient and omnipotent, the atmosphere of fear they created led to an overestimation of their reach and strength; a faulty assessment which hampered the operational effectiveness of underground resistance organisations.[41] Antipathy to Hitler and his regime was not tolerated, so the Gestapo
Gestapo
had an important role to play in monitoring and prosecuting all who opposed Nazi rule, whether openly or covertly. Religious dissent[edit] Many parts of Germany (where religious dissent existed upon the Nazi seizure of power) saw a rapid transformation; a change as noted by the Gestapo
Gestapo
in conservative towns such as Würzburg, where people acquiesced to the regime either through accommodation, collaboration, or simple compliance.[42] Increasing religious objections to Nazi policies led the Gestapo
Gestapo
to carefully monitor church organisations. For the most part, members of the church did not offer political resistance but simply wanted to ensure that organizational doctrine remained intact.[43] However, the Nazi regime sought to suppress any source of ideology other than its own, and set out to muzzle or crush the churches in the so-called Kirchenkampf. When Church leaders (clergy) voiced their misgiving about the euthanasia program and Nazi racial policies, Hitler intimated that he considered them "traitors to the people" and went so far as to call them "the destroyers of Germany".[44] The extreme anti-Semitism and neo-Pagan heresies of the Nazis caused some Christians to outright resist,[45] and Pope Pius XI to issue the encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge
Mit Brennender Sorge
denouncing Nazism
Nazism
and warning Catholics against joining or supporting the Party. Some pastors, like the Protestant clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer, paid for their opposition with their lives.[46][a] In an effort to counter the strength and influence of spiritual resistance, Nazi records reveal that the Gestapo's Referat B1 monitored the activities of bishops very closely—instructing that agents be set up in every diocese, that the bishops' reports to the Vatican should be obtained and that the bishops' areas of activity must be found out. Deans were to be targeted as the "eyes and ears of the bishops" and a "vast network" established to monitor the activities of ordinary clergy: "The importance of this enemy is such that inspectors of security police and of the security service will make this group of people and the questions discussed by them their special concern".[48] In Dachau: The Official History 1933–1945, Paul Berben wrote that clergy were watched closely, and frequently denounced, arrested and sent to concentration camps: "One priest was imprisoned in Dachau for having stated that there were good folk in England too; another suffered the same fate for warning a girl who wanted to marry an S.S. man after abjuring the Catholic faith; yet another because he conducted a service for a deceased communist". Others were arrested simply on the basis of being "suspected of activities hostile to the State" or that there was reason to "suppose that his dealings might harm society".[49] Over 2700 Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox clergy were imprisoned at Dachau alone. After Heydrich (who was staunchly anti-Catholic and anti-Christian) was assassinated in Prague, his successor, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, relaxed some of the policies and then disbanded Department IVB (religious opponents) of the Gestapo.[50] Student opposition[edit] Between June 1942 and March 1943, student protests were calling for an end to the Nazi regime. These included the non-violent resistance of Hans and Sophie Scholl, two leaders of the White Rose
White Rose
student group.[51] However, resistance groups and those who were in moral or political opposition to the Nazis were stalled by the fear of reprisals from the Gestapo. Fearful of an internal overthrow, the forces of the Gestapo
Gestapo
were unleashed on the opposition.[b] The first five months of 1943 witnessed thousands of arrests and executions as the Gestapo
Gestapo
exercised their powers over the German public. Student opposition leaders were executed in late February, and a major opposition organisation, the Oster Circle, was destroyed in April 1943.[53] Efforts to resist the Nazi regime amounted to very little and had only minor chances of success, particularly since the broad percentage of the German people did not support oppositional movements.[54] General opposition and military conspiracy[edit] Between 1934 and 1938, opponents of the Nazi regime and their fellow travellers began to emerge. Among the first to speak out were religious dissenters but following in their wake were educators, aristocratic businessmen, office workers, teachers, and others from nearly every walk of life.[55] Most people quickly learned that open opposition was dangerous since Gestapo
Gestapo
informants and agents were widespread. Yet a significant number of them still worked against the National Socialist government.[56] During May 1935, the Gestapo
Gestapo
broke up and arrested members of the "Markwitz Circle", a group of former socialists in contact with Otto Strasser, who sought Hitler's downfall.[57] From the mid-1930s into the early 1940s—various groups made up of communists, idealists, working-class people, and far-right conservative opposition organisations covertly fought against Hitler's government, and several of them fomented plots that included Hitler's assassination. Nearly all of them, including: the Römer Group, Robby Group, Solf Circle, Schwarze Reichswehr, the Party of the Radical Middle Class, Jungdeutscher Orden, Schwarze Front and Stahlhelm were either discovered or infiltrated by the Gestapo. This led to corresponding arrests, being sent to concentration camps and execution.[58] One of the methods employed by the Gestapo
Gestapo
to contend with these resistance factions was 'protective detention' which facilitated the process in expediting dissenters to concentration camps and against which there was no legal defence.[59] Early efforts to resist the Nazis with aid from abroad were hindered when the opposition's peace feelers to the Western Allies did not meet with success. This was partly because of the Venlo incident
Venlo incident
of 1939.[60] There SD and Gestapo
Gestapo
agents, posing as anti-Nazis in the Netherlands, kidnapped two British Secret Intelligence Service
Secret Intelligence Service
(SIS) officers after having lured them to a meeting to discuss peace terms. This prompted Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
to ban any further contact with the German opposition.[61] Later, the British and Americans did not want to deal with anti-Nazis because they were fearful that the Soviet Union would believe they were attempting to make deals behind their back.[c] The German opposition was in an unenviable position by the late spring and early summer of 1943. On one hand, it was next to impossible for them to overthrow Hitler and the party; on the other, the Allied demand for an unconditional surrender meant no opportunity for a compromise peace, which left the military and conservative aristocrats who opposed the regime no option (in their eyes) other than continuing the military struggle.[63] Despite fear of the Gestapo
Gestapo
after mass arrests and executions in the spring, the opposition still plotted and planned. One of the more famous schemes, Operation Valkyrie, involved a number of senior German officers and was carried out by Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. In an attempt to assassinate Hitler, Stauffenberg planted a bomb underneath a conference table inside the Wolf's Lair
Wolf's Lair
field headquarters.[64] Known as the 20 July plot, this assassination attempt failed and Hitler was only slightly injured. Reports indicate that the Gestapo
Gestapo
was caught unaware of this plot as they did not have sufficient protections in place at the appropriate locations nor did they take any preventative steps.[65][66] Stauffenberg and his group were shot on 21 July 1944; meanwhile, his fellow conspirators were rounded up by the Gestapo
Gestapo
and sent to a concentration camp. Thereafter, there was a show trial overseen by Roland Freisler, followed by their execution.[67] Some Germans were convinced that it was their duty to apply all possible expedients to end the war as quickly as possible. Sabotage efforts were undertaken by members of the Abwehr (military intelligence) leadership, as they recruited people known to oppose the Nazi regime.[68] The Gestapo
Gestapo
cracked down ruthlessly on dissidents in Germany, just as they did everywhere else. Opposition became more difficult. Arrests, torture, and executions were common. Terror against "state enemies" had become a way of life to such a degree that the Gestapo's presence and methods were eventually normalised in the minds of people living in Nazi Germany.[69] Organization[edit]

Gestapo
Gestapo
headquarters at 8 Prinz Albrecht Street
8 Prinz Albrecht Street
in Berlin (1933)

In January 1933, Hermann Göring, Hitler's minister without portfolio, was appointed the head of the Prussian Police and began filling the political and intelligence units of the Prussian Secret Police with Nazi Party
Nazi Party
members.[70] A year after the organisations inception, Göring wrote in a British publication about having created the organisation on his own initiative and how he was "chiefly responsible" for the elimination of the Marxist and Communist threat to Germany and Prussia.[71] Describing the activities of the organisation, Göring boasted about the utter ruthlessness required for Germany's recovery, the establishment of concentration camps for that purpose, and even went on to claim that excesses were committed in the beginning, recounting how beatings took place here and there.[72] On 26 April 1933, he reorganised the force's Amt III as the Gestapa (better-known by the "sobriquet" Gestapo),[73] a secret state police intended to serve the Nazi cause.[74] Less than two weeks later in early May 1933, the Gestapo
Gestapo
moved into their Berlin headquarters at Prinz-Albrecht-Straße 8.[75] With its 1936 merging with the Kripo (National criminal police) to form sub-units of the Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
(SiPo; Security Police), the Gestapo
Gestapo
was classified as a government agency. Himmler by his appointment to Chef der Deutschen Polizei (Chief of German Police), along with serving as Reichsführer-SS
Reichsführer-SS
made him independent of Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick's nominal control.[23][24] The SiPo was placed under the direct command of Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
who was already chief of the Nazi Party's intelligence service, the Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst
(SD).[23] The idea was to fully combine the party agency, the SD, with the SiPo, the state agency. SiPo members were encouraged to become members of the SS. However, in practise, the SiPo and the SD came into jurisdictional and operational conflict. Gestapo and Kripo had many experienced, professional policemen and investigators, who considered the SD to be a less competent agency, amateurs who were "good Nazis but bad detectives". In September 1939, the SiPo together with the SD were merged into the newly created Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA: Reich Main Security Office). Both the Gestapo
Gestapo
and Kripo became distinct departments within the RSHA.[30] Although the Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
was officially disbanded, the term SiPo was figuratively used to describe any RSHA personnel throughout the remainder of the war. In lieu of naming convention changes, the original construct of the SiPo, Gestapo, and Kripo cannot be fully comprehended as "discrete entities", since they ultimately formed "a conglomerate in which each was wedded to each other and the SS through its Security Service, the SD".[76] The creation of the RSHA
RSHA
represented the formalisation, at the top level, of the relationship under which the SD served as the intelligence agency for the security police. A similar co-ordination existed in the local offices. Within Germany and areas which were incorporated within the Reich for the purpose of civil administration, local offices of the Gestapo, criminal police, and SD were formally separate. They were subject to co-ordination by inspectors of the security police and SD on the staffs of the local higher SS and police leaders, however, and one of the principal functions of the local SD units was to serve as the intelligence agency for the local Gestapo units. In the occupied territories, the formal relationship between local units of the Gestapo, criminal police, and SD was slightly closer.[77] The Gestapo
Gestapo
became known as RSHA
RSHA
Amt IV ("Department or Office IV") with Heinrich Müller as its chief.[31] In January 1943, Himmler appointed Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
RSHA
RSHA
chief; almost seven months after Heydrich had been assassinated.[32] The specific internal departments of Amt IV were as follows:[78] Department A (Political Opponents)[edit]

Communists (A1) Counter-sabotage (A2) Reactionaries, liberals and opposition (A3) Protective services (A4)

Department B (Sects and Churches)[edit]

Catholicism (B1) Protestantism (B2) Freemasons and other churches (B3) Jewish affairs (B4)

Department C (Administration and Party Affairs)[edit] Central administrative office of the Gestapo, responsible for card files of all personnel including all officials.

Files, card, indexes, information and administration (C1) Protective custody (C2) Press office (C3) NSDAP matters (C4)

Department D (Occupied Territories)[edit] Administration for regions outside the Reich.

Protectorate affairs, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, regions of Yugoslavia, Greece (D1)

1st Belgrade Special
Special
Combat detachment

General Government(D2) Confidential office - hostile foreigners, emigrants (D3) Occupied territories - France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Denmark (D4) Occupied Eastern territories (D5)

Department E (Security and counterintelligence)[edit]

In the Reich (E1) Policy and economic formation (E2) West (E3) Scandinavia (North)(E4) East (E5) South (E6)

In 1941 Referat N, the central command office of the Gestapo
Gestapo
was formed. However, these internal departments remained and the Gestapo continued to be a department under the RSHA
RSHA
umbrella. The local offices of the Gestapo, known as Gestapo
Gestapo
Leitstellen and Stellen, answered to a local commander known as the Inspekteur der Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
und des SD ("Inspector of the Security Police and Security Service") who, in turn, was under the dual command of Referat N of the Gestapo
Gestapo
and also his local SS and Police Leader.[79][80] The Gestapo
Gestapo
also maintained offices at all Nazi concentration camps, held an office on the staff of the SS and Police Leaders, and supplied personnel as needed to formations such as the Einsatzgruppen. Personnel assigned to these auxiliary duties were often removed from the Gestapo
Gestapo
chain of command and fell under the authority of branches of the SS. Ranks[edit] The Gestapo
Gestapo
maintained police detective ranks which were used for all officers, both those who were and who were not concurrently SS members.[d]

Junior career Senior career Orpo equivalent SS equivalent

Kriminalassistentanwärter

Wachtmeister Unterscharführer

apl. Kriminalassistent

Oberwachtmeister Scharführer

Kriminalassistent

Revieroberwachtmeister Oberscharführer

Kriminaloberassistent

Hauptwachtmeister Hauptscharführer

Kriminalsekretär

Meister Sturmscharführer

Kriminalobersekretär Hilfskriminalkommissar Kriminalkommissar auf Probe apl. Kriminalkommissar Leutnant Untersturmführer

Kriminalinspektor Kriminalkommissar with less than three years in that rank Oberleutnant Obersturmführer

Kriminalkommissar Kriminalrat with less than three years in that rank Hauptmann Hauptsturmführer

Kriminalrat Kriminaldirektor Regierungs- und Kriminalrat Major Sturmbannführer

Oberregierungs- u. Kriminalrat Oberstleutnant Obersturmbannführer

Regierungs- u. Kriminaldirektor Reichskriminaldirektor Oberst Standartenführer

Junior career = einfacher Vollzugsdienst der Sicherheitspolizei (Laufbahn U 18: SS-Unterführer der Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
und des SD). Senior career = leitender Vollzugsdienst der Sicherheitspolizei (Laufbahn XIV: SS-Führer der Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
und des SD).

Sources:[81][82] Pay grades[edit]

Pay grade[83] Annual salary 1938 Reichsmark (RM)[84] Ranks

A8c3 2,160–2,340 apl. Kriminalassistent Kriminalassistent

A7c 2,000–3,000 Kriminaloberassistent

A7a 2,350–3,500 Kriminalsekretär

A5b 2,300–4,200 Kriminalobersekretär

A4c1 2,800–5,300 Hilfskriminalkommissar Kriminalkommissar auf Probe apl. Kriminalkommissar Kriminalkommissar

A4c2 2,800–5,000 Kriminalinspektor

A3b 4,800–7,000 Kriminalrat

A2d 4,800–7,800 Kriminaldirektor

A2c2 4,800–8,400 Regierungs-und Kriminalrat

A2b 7,000–9,700 Oberregierungs-und Kriminalrat

A1b 6,200–10,600 Regierungs- und Kriminaldirektor Reichskriminaldirektor

Median annual wage for an industrial worker was 1,495 RM in 1939. In the same year the median salary for a privately employed white-collar worker was 2,772 RM.[85] Membership[edit] In 1933, there was no purge of the German police forces.[86] The vast majority of Gestapo
Gestapo
officers came from the police forces of the Weimar Republic; members of the SS, the SA, and the NSDAP also joined the Gestapo
Gestapo
but were less numerous.[86] By March 1937, the Gestapo employed an estimated 6,500 persons in fifty-four regional offices across the Reich.[87] Additional staff were added in March 1938 consequent the annexation of Austria and again in October 1938 with the acquisition of the Sudetenland.[87] In 1939, only 3,000 out of the total of 20,000 Gestapo
Gestapo
men held SS ranks, and in most cases, these were honorary.[88] One man who served in the Prussian Gestapo
Gestapo
in 1933 recalled that most of his co-workers "were by no means Nazis. For the most part they were young professional civil service officers..."[88] The Nazis
The Nazis
valued police competence more than politics, so in general in 1933, almost all of the men who served in the various state police forces under the Weimar Republic stayed on in their jobs.[89] In Würzburg, which is one of the few places in Germany where most of the Gestapo
Gestapo
records survived, every member of the Gestapo
Gestapo
was a career policeman or had a police background.[90] The Canadian historian Robert Gellately wrote that most Gestapo
Gestapo
men were not Nazis, but at the same time were not opposed to the Nazi regime, which they were willing to serve, in whatever task they were called upon to perform.[90] Over time, membership in the Gestapo included ideological training, particularly once Werner Best
Werner Best
assumed a leading role for training in April 1936. Employing biological metaphors, Best emphasised a doctrine which encouraged members of the Gestapo
Gestapo
to view themselves as 'doctors' to the national body in the struggle against "pathogens" and "diseases"; among the implied sicknesses were "communists, Freemasons, and the churches—and above and behind all these stood the Jews".[91] Heydrich thought along similar lines and advocated both defensive and offensive measures on the part of the Gestapo, so as to prevent any subversion or destruction of the National Socialist body.[92] Whether trained as police originally or not, Gestapo
Gestapo
agents themselves were shaped by their socio-political environment. Historian George C. Browder contends that there was a four-part process (authorisation, bolstering, routinisation, and dehumanisation) in effect which legitimised the psycho-social atmosphere conditioning members of the Gestapo
Gestapo
to radicalised violence.[93] Browder also describes a sandwich effect, where from above; Gestapo
Gestapo
agents were subjected to ideologically oriented racism and criminal biological theories; and from below, the Gestapo
Gestapo
was transformed by SS personnel who did not have the proper police training, which showed in their propensity for unrestrained violence.[94] This admixture certainly shaped the Gestapo's public image which they sought to maintain in lieu of their increasing workload; an image which helped them identify and eliminate enemies of the Nazi state.[95] Uniforms[edit]

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From June 1936, a concerted effort was made to recruit policemen of the SiPo into the SS, and SS members into the Kripo and especially the Gestapo, but with limited success; by 1939 only a small percentage of Gestapo
Gestapo
agents were SS members. With the formation of RSHA
RSHA
in September 1939, Gestapo
Gestapo
officers who also held SS rank began to wear the wartime grey SS uniform when on duty in the Hauptamt or regional headquarters (Abschnitte). Hollywood notwithstanding, after 1939 the black SS uniform was only worn by Allgemeine-SS reservists. Outside the central offices, Gestapo
Gestapo
agents working out of the Stapostellen and Stapoleitstellen continued to wear civilian suits in keeping with the secretive nature of their work. There were strict protocols protecting the identity of Gestapo
Gestapo
field personnel. When asked for identification, an operative was only required to present his warrant disc. This identified the operative as Gestapo
Gestapo
without revealing personal identity and agents, except when ordered to do so by an authorised official, were not required to show picture identification, something all non- Gestapo
Gestapo
people were expected to do. Nevertheless, the sight of dark leather coats and black SS uniforms along with the very mention of the word "Gestapo" elicited fear among the general population.[96] Beginning in 1940, the grey SS uniform was worn by Gestapo
Gestapo
in occupied countries of the east, even those who were not actually SS members, because agents in civilian clothes had been shot by members of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
thinking they were partisans. Unlike the rest of the SS, the right-side collar patch of the RSHA
RSHA
was plain black without insignia, as was the uniform cuffband. Gestapo agents in uniform did not wear SS shoulderboards, but rather police-pattern shoulderboards piped or underlaid in "poison green" (giftgrün). A diamond-shaped black patch with "SD" in white was worn on the lower left sleeve even by SiPo men who were not in the SD. Sometimes this Raute (diamond) was piped in white; there is some debate over whether this may or may not have indicated Gestapo personnel. Population ratios, methods and effectiveness[edit] Contrary to popular belief, the Gestapo
Gestapo
was not the all-pervasive, omnipotent agency in German society.[97] In Germany proper, many towns and cities had fewer than 50 official Gestapo
Gestapo
personnel. For example, in 1939 Stettin and Frankfurt am Main only had a total of 41 Gestapo men combined.[97] In Düsseldorf, the local Gestapo
Gestapo
office of only 281 men were responsible for the entire Lower Rhine region, which comprised 4 million people.[98] "V-men", as undercover Gestapo
Gestapo
agents were known, were used to infiltrate Social Democratic and Communist opposition groups, but this was more the exception, not the rule.[99] The Gestapo
Gestapo
office in Saarbrücken
Saarbrücken
had 50 full-term informers in 1939.[99] The District Office in Nuremberg, which had the responsibility for all of northern Bavaria, employed a total of 80–100 full-term informers between 1943 and 1945.[99] The majority of Gestapo
Gestapo
informers were not full-term informers working undercover, but were rather ordinary citizens who chose to denounce other people to the Gestapo.[100] According to Canadian historian Robert Gellately's analysis of the local offices established, the Gestapo
Gestapo
was—for the most part—made up of bureaucrats and clerical workers who depended upon denunciations by citizens for their information. Gellately argued that it was because of the widespread willingness of Germans to inform on each other to the Gestapo
Gestapo
that Germany between 1933 and 1945 was a prime example of panopticism.[101] The Gestapo—at times—was overwhelmed with denunciations and most of its time was spent sorting out the credible from the less credible denunciations.[102] Many of the local offices were understaffed and overworked, struggling with the paper load caused by so many denunciations.[103] Gellately has also suggested that the Gestapo
Gestapo
was "a reactive organisation" "... which was constructed within German society and whose functioning was structurally dependent on the continuing co-operation of German citizens".[104] After 1939, when many Gestapo
Gestapo
personnel were called up for war-related work such as service with the Einsatzgruppen, the level of overwork and understaffing at the local offices increased.[103] For information about what was happening in German society, the Gestapo
Gestapo
continued to be mostly dependent upon denunciations.[105] 80% of all Gestapo investigations were started in response to information provided by denunciations by ordinary Germans; while 10% were started in response to information provided by other branches of the German government and another 10% started in response to information that the Gestapo
Gestapo
itself unearthed.[102] The information supplied by denunciations, often led the Gestapo
Gestapo
in determining whom was arrested.[105] The popular picture of the Gestapo
Gestapo
with its spies everywhere terrorising German society has been rejected by many historians as a myth invented after the war as a cover for German society's widespread complicity in allowing the Gestapo
Gestapo
to work.[105][106] Work done by social historians such as Detlev Peukert, Robert Gellately, Reinhard Mann, Inge Marssolek, René Otto, Klaus-Michael Mallamann and Paul Gerhard, which by focusing on what the local offices were doing has shown the Gestapo's almost total dependence on denunciations from ordinary Germans, and very much discredited the older "Big Brother" picture with the Gestapo
Gestapo
having its eyes and ears everywhere.[107] For example, of the 84 cases in Würzburg
Würzburg
of Rassenschande
Rassenschande
("race defilement"—sexual relations with non-Aryans), 45 (54%) were started in response to denunciations by ordinary people, two (2%) by information provided by other branches of the government, 20 (24%) via information gained during interrogations of people relating to other matters, four (5%) from information from (Nazi) NSDAP organisations, two (2%) during "political evaluations" and 11 (13%) have no source listed while none were started by Gestapo's own "observations" of the people of Würzburg.[108] An examination of 213 denunciations in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
showed that 37% were motivated by personal conflicts, no motive could be established in 39%, and 24% were motivated by support for the Nazi regime.[109] The Gestapo
Gestapo
always showed a special interest in denunciations concerning sexual matters, especially cases concerning Rassenschande with Jews or between Germans and foreigners, in particular Polish slave workers; the Gestapo
Gestapo
applied even harsher methods to the foreign workers in the country, especially those from Poland,[110] Jews, Catholics and homosexuals. [111] As time went by, anonymous denunciations to the Gestapo
Gestapo
caused trouble to various NSDAP officials, who often found themselves being investigated by the Gestapo.[112] Of the political cases, 61 people were investigated for suspicion of belonging to the KPD, 44 for the SPD and 69 for other political parties.[113] Most of the political investigations took place between 1933 and 1935 with the all-time high of 57 cases in 1935.[113] After that year, political investigations declined with only 18 investigations in 1938, 13 in 1939, two in 1941, seven in 1942, four in 1943 and one in 1944.[113] The "other" category associated with non-conformity included everything from a man who drew a caricature of Hitler to a Catholic teacher suspected of being lukewarm about teaching National Socialism in his classroom.[113] The "administrative control" category concerned whose were breaking the law concerning residency in the city.[113] The "conventional criminality" category concerned economic crimes such as money laundering, smuggling and homosexuality.[114] Normal methods of investigation included various forms of blackmail, threats and extortion to secure "confessions".[115] Beyond that, sleep deprivation and various forms of harassment were used as investigative methods.[115] Failing that, torture and planting evidence were common methods of resolving a case, especially if the case concerned someone Jewish.[116] Brutality on the part of interrogators—often prompted by denunciations and followed with roundups—enabled the Gestapo
Gestapo
to uncover numerous resistance networks; it also made them seem like they knew everything and could do anything they wanted.[117] While the total numbers of Gestapo
Gestapo
officials was limited when contrasted against the represented populations, the average Volksgenosse (Nazi term for the "member of the German people") was typically not under observation, so the statistical ratio between Gestapo
Gestapo
officials and inhabitants is "largely worthless and of little significance" according to some recent scholars.[118] As historian Eric Johnson remarked, "The Nazi terror was selective terror", with its focus upon political opponents, ideological dissenters (clergy and religious organisations), career criminals, the Sinti and Roma population, handicapped persons, homosexuals and above all, upon the Jews.[119] "Selective terror" by the Gestapo, as mentioned by Johnson, is also supported by historian Richard Evans who states that, "Violence and intimidation rarely touched the lives of most ordinary Germans. Denunciation was the exception, not the rule, as far as the behaviour of the vast majority of Germans was concerned."[120] The involvement of ordinary Germans in denunciations also needs to be put into perspective so as not to exonerate the Gestapo. As Evans makes clear, "...it was not the ordinary German people who engaged in surveillance, it was the Gestapo; nothing happened until the Gestapo received a denunciation, and it was the Gestapo's active pursuit of deviance and dissent that was the only thing that gave denunciations meaning."[121] The Gestapo's effectiveness remained in the ability to "project" omnipotence...they co-opted the assistance of the German population by using denunciations to their advantage; proving in the end a powerful, ruthless and effective organ of terror under the Nazi regime that was seemingly everywhere.[122] Lastly, the Gestapo's effectiveness, while aided by denunciations and the watchful eye of ordinary Germans, was more the result of the co-ordination and co-operation amid the various police organs within Germany, the assistance of the SS, and the support provided by the various Nazi Party organisations; all of them together forming an organised persecution network.[123] Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trials[edit] Main articles: Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trials and the Holocaust

German Gestapo
Gestapo
agents arrested after the liberation of Liège, Belgium, are herded together in a cell at the Citadel of Liège, October 1944

Between 14 November 1945 and 3 October 1946, the Allies established an International Military Tribunal
International Military Tribunal
(IMT) to try 22 of 24 major Nazi war criminals and six groups for crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity.[124] Nineteen of the 22 were convicted, and twelve of them (Bormann [in absentia], Frank, Frick, Göring, Jodl, Kaltenbrunner, Keitel, Ribbentrop, Rosenberg, Sauckel, Seyss-Inquart, Streicher), were each given the death penalty; the remaining three (Funk, Hess, Raeder) received life terms. At that time, the Gestapo was condemned as a criminal organisation, along with the SS.[125] However, Gestapo
Gestapo
leader Heinrich Müller was never tried, as he disappeared at the end of the war.[126][e] Leaders, organisers, investigators and accomplices participating in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy to commit the crimes specified were declared responsible for all acts performed by any persons in execution of such plan. The official positions of defendants as heads of state or holders of high government offices were not to free them from responsibility or mitigate their punishment; nor was the fact that a defendant acted pursuant to an order of a superior to excuse him from responsibility, although it might be considered by the IMT in mitigation of punishment.[127] At the trial of any individual member of any group or organisation, the IMT was authorised to declare (in connection with any act of which the individual was convicted) that the group or organisation to which he belonged was a criminal organisation. When a group or organisation was thus declared criminal, the competent national authority of any signatory had the right to bring persons to trial for membership in that organisation, with the criminal nature of the group or organisation assumed proved.[128] These groups—the Nazi party and government leadership, the German General staff and High Command (OKW); the Sturmabteilung
Sturmabteilung
(SA); the Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS), including the Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst
(SD); and the Gestapo—had an aggregate membership exceeding two million, making a large number of their members liable to trial when the organisations were convicted.[129] The trials began in November 1945. On 1 October 1946, the IMT rendered its judgement on 21 top Nazi figures: 18 were sentenced to death or to long prison terms, and three acquitted.[130] The IMT also convicted three of the groups: the Nazi leadership corps, the SS (including the SD) and the Gestapo. Gestapo
Gestapo
members Hermann Göring, Ernst Kaltenbrunner and Arthur Seyss-Inquart
Arthur Seyss-Inquart
were individually convicted. Three groups were acquitted of collective war crimes charges, but this did not relieve individual members of those groups from conviction and punishment under the denazification programme. Members of the three convicted groups were subject to apprehension by Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and France.[129] Aftermath[edit] In 1997, Cologne
Cologne
transformed the former regional Gestapo
Gestapo
headquarters in Cologne—the EL-DE Haus—into a museum to document the Gestapo's actions.[131] Principal agents and officers[edit]

Heinrich Baab (SiPo-SD Frankfurt) Klaus Barbie
Klaus Barbie
(SiPo-SD Lyon) Werner Best
Werner Best
(SiPo-SD Copenhagen) Karl Bömelburg (Head of Gestapo, Southern France) Theodor Dannecker (SiPo-SD Paris) Rudolf Diels
Rudolf Diels
( Gestapo
Gestapo
Chief 1933–1934) Adolf Eichmann
Adolf Eichmann
( RSHA
RSHA
Berlin) Gerhard Flesch Hermann Göring
Hermann Göring
(Founder of the Gestapo) Viktor Harnischfeger ( Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
Gestapo
Gestapo
Criminal Commissar) Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
(SD, SiPo, Gestapo
Gestapo
Chief 1934–1939, RSHA
RSHA
Chief 1939–1942) Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
(Reichsführer-SS) Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
( RSHA
RSHA
Chief 1943–1945) Herbert Kappler
Herbert Kappler
(SD Chief Rome) Helmut Knochen
Helmut Knochen
(Paris) Kurt Lischka
Kurt Lischka
(Paris) Ernst Misselwitz (Hauptscharführer SiPo-SD Paris) Violette Morris Heinrich Müller ( Gestapo
Gestapo
Chief 1939–1945) Karl Oberg (Paris) Pierre Paoli (Head of Gestapo, Central France) Oswald Poche (Chief of Frankfurt Lindenstrasse station) Henry Rinnan Karl Eberhard Schöngarth Max Wielen

See also[edit]

Gestapo–NKVD Conferences Glossary of Nazi Germany Geheime Feldpolizei—the secret military police service of the Wehrmacht Harold Cole—POW who worked with the Gestapo
Gestapo
to betray French Resistance HIPO Corps—established in Denmark in 1944 by the Gestapo Organization for Vigilance and Repression of Anti-Fascism—Fascist Italy's civilian intelligence service Stasi—secret police of the GDR Igo Sym, Polish Gestapo
Gestapo
Agent Tokkō—commonly referred to as Japan's version of the Gestapo
Gestapo
or FBI

References[edit] Informational notes

^ Bonhoeffer was an active opponent of Nazism
Nazism
in the German resistance movement. Arrested by the Gestapo
Gestapo
in 1943, he was sent to Buchenwald and later to Flossenbürg concentration camp
Flossenbürg concentration camp
where he was executed.[47] ^ Groups like the White Rose
White Rose
and others, such as the Edelweiss Pirates, and the Swing Youth, were placed under strict Gestapo observation. Some participants were sent to concentration camps. Leading members of the most famous of these groups, the White Rose, were arrested by the police and turned over to the Gestapo. For several leaders their punishment was death.[52] ^ More than that, the Anglo-American common language and capital interests kept Stalin at a distance since he felt the other Allied powers were hoping the fascists and Communists would destroy one another.[62] ^ Although an agent in uniform wore the collar insignia of the equivalent SS rank, he was still addressed as, e.g., Herr Kriminalrat, not Sturmbannführer. The stock character of the " Gestapo
Gestapo
Major", usually dressed in the prewar black SS uniform, is a figment of Hollywood's imagination. ^ There were reports that Müller ended up in the foreign secret service at Washington D.C., some allege he was in Moscow working for the Soviets, still others claimed he escaped to South America—but none of the myths have ever been proven; all of which adds to the "mysterious power of the Gestapo".[126]

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Heinrich Himmler

Reichsführer-SS Chief of German Police Minister of the Interior

Reichsführer-SS

Himmler's service record Ideology of the SS Personal Staff Reichsführer-SS Freundeskreis Reichsführer-SS
Reichsführer-SS
("Circle of Friends of the Reichsführer-SS") Adolf Hitler Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
(Chief of the RSHA) Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
(successor as Chief of the RSHA) Karl Wolff
Karl Wolff
(Chief of Personal Staff) Hedwig Potthast
Hedwig Potthast
(secretary) Rudolf Brandt
Rudolf Brandt
(Personal Administrative Officer to RFSS) Hermann Gauch
Hermann Gauch
(adjutant) Werner Grothmann
Werner Grothmann
(aide-de-camp) Heinz Macher (second personal assistant) Walter Schellenberg
Walter Schellenberg
(personal aide) Karl Maria Wiligut (occultist)

Organizations

Schutzstaffel Gestapo Ahnenerbe Lebensborn Reich Central Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion

Responsibility for the Holocaust

The Holocaust Porajmos Crimes against Poles Crimes against Soviet POWs Persecution of Slavs in Eastern Europe Persecution of homosexuals Action T4 Persecution of Serbs Suppression of Freemasonry Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses Persecution of black people Kommandostab Reichsführer-SS Volksliste Operation Reinhard Hegewald Posen speeches Himmler-Kersten Agreement

Family

Margarete Himmler
Margarete Himmler
(wife) Gudrun Burwitz
Gudrun Burwitz
(daughter) Hedwig Potthast
Hedwig Potthast
(mistress) Gebhard Ludwig (older brother) Ernst (younger brother) Katrin Himmler (great-niece) Heinz Kokott (brother-in-law) Richard Wendler
Richard Wendler
(brother-in-law)

Military

Operation Himmler Army Group Oberrhein Army Group Vistula Operation Nordwind

Failed assassins

Václav Morávek Claus von Stauffenberg Henning von Tresckow

People

Erhard Heiden
Erhard Heiden
(predecessor as Reichsführer-SS) Karl Hanke
Karl Hanke
(successor as Reichsführer-SS) Falk Zipperer (closest friend) Karl Gebhardt
Karl Gebhardt
(personal physician) Felix Kersten (personal masseur) Hugo Blaschke (dentist) Sidney Excell
Sidney Excell
(man who arrested Himmler)

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Nazism

Organizations

National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) Sturmabteilung
Sturmabteilung
(SA) Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS) Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) Hitler Youth
Hitler Youth
(HJ) National Socialist Flyers Corps
National Socialist Flyers Corps
(NSFK) National Socialist Motor Corps
National Socialist Motor Corps
(NSKK) League of German Girls
League of German Girls
(BDM) National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise
National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise
(NSRL) National Socialist Women's League
National Socialist Women's League
(NSF) Reich Labour Service
Reich Labour Service
(RAD) Werwolf

History

Early timeline Adolf Hitler's rise to power Machtergreifung Re-armament Nazi Germany Night of the Long Knives Nuremberg
Nuremberg
Rally Anti-Comintern Pact Kristallnacht World War II Tripartite Pact The Holocaust Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trials Denazification Consequences

Ideology

Architecture Gleichschaltung Anti-democratic thought Strasserism Hitler's political views Mein Kampf
Mein Kampf
(Hitler) Der Mythus des Zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts (Rosenberg) National Socialist Program New Order Preussentum und Sozialismus Propaganda Religious aspects Women in Nazi Germany

Race

Blood and Soil Eugenics Greater Germanic Reich Heim ins Reich Lebensborn Master race Racial policy Religion

Atrocities

Action T4 Final Solution Human experimentation Porajmos

Outside Germany

United States

American Nazi Party German American Bund National Socialist Movement

Arrow Cross Party
Arrow Cross Party
(Hungary) Bulgarian National Socialist Workers Party German National Movement in Liechtenstein Greek National Socialist Party South African Gentile National Socialist Movement Hungarian National Socialist Party Nasjonal Samling
Nasjonal Samling
(Norway) National Movement of Switzerland National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands National Socialist Bloc (Sweden) National Socialist League
National Socialist League
(UK) National Socialist Movement of Chile National Socialist Workers' Party of Denmark National Unity Party (Canada) Nationalist Liberation Alliance
Nationalist Liberation Alliance
(Argentina) Nazism
Nazism
in Brazil Ossewabrandwag
Ossewabrandwag
(South Africa) World Union of National Socialists

Lists

Books by or about Hitler Ideologues Leaders and officials Nazi Party
Nazi Party
members Speeches given by Hitler SS personnel

People

Adolf Hitler Joseph Goebbels Heinrich Himmler Hermann Göring Martin Bormann Reinhard Heydrich Gregor Strasser Otto Strasser Albert Speer Rudolf Hess Ernst Kaltenbrunner Adolf Eichmann Joachim von Ribbentrop Houston Stewart Chamberlain Alfred Rosenberg Wilhelm Frick Hans Frank Rudolf Höss Josef Mengele Richard Walther Darré Baldur von Schirach Artur Axmann Ernst Röhm Dietrich Eckart Gottfried Feder Ernst Hanfstaengl Julius Streicher Hermann Esser George Lincoln Rockwell

Related topics

Esoteric Nazism Far-right politics German resistance Glossary of Nazi Germany Nazi salute Neo-Nazism Social Darwinism Stormfront Swastika Völkisch movement Zweites Buch

Category

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Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS)

Branches

Allgemeine SS Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV) Waffen-SS

Leadership

Reichsführer-SS SS and police leader SS personnel SS commands

Leaders

Julius Schreck Joseph Berchtold Erhard Heiden Heinrich Himmler Karl Hanke

Main departments

Personal Staff Reichsführer-SS SS Main Office Head Operational Office Reich Main Security Office
Reich Main Security Office
(RSHA) Economics and Administration Office Office of Race and Settlement (RuSHA) Main Office for Ethnic Germans (VOMI) Office of the Reich Commissioner for Germanic Resettlement (RKFDV) Courts Office Personnel Office Education Office

Ideological institutions

Ahnenerbe Das Schwarze Korps SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz Lebensborn

Police and security services

Regular uniform police (Orpo) Schutzpolizei (Schupo) Criminal police (Kripo) Secret State police (Gestapo) State Security police (SiPo) SS Security Service (SD)

Führer protection

SS-Begleitkommando des Führers Reichssicherheitsdienst

Paramilitary units

Einsatzgruppen Schutzmannschaft Belarusian Auxiliary Police Latvian Police Battalions Ypatingasis būrys Lithuanian Security Police Lithuanian Auxiliary Police Battalions Rollkommando Hamann Arajs Kommando Ukrainian Auxiliary Police Volksdeutscher Selbstschutz Trawnikis Estonian Auxiliary Police Police Regiment Centre

Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
divisions

Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) Leibstandarte (LSSAH) SS Division Das Reich SS Division Totenkopf SS Polizei Division SS Division Wiking

Foreign SS units

Germanic-SS Germaansche SS in Nederland Germaansche SS in Vlaanderen Germanske SS Norge Schalburg Corps Britisches Freikorps S.S. Sturmbrigade R.O.N.A. Finnish Volunteer Battalion of the Waffen-SS

SS-controlled enterprises

Ostindustrie Deutsche Wirtschaftsbetriebe Deutsche Ausrüstungswerke DEST Allach porcelain Apollinaris Mattoni Sudetenquell Anton Loibl

SS awards

SS Sword of Honour SS Honour Ring SS Honor Dagger

Ranks, uniforms and insignia

Uniforms and insignia of the SS Ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS Ranks and insignia of the Orpo Corps colours of the Waffen-SS

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The Holocaust

By territory

Albania Belarus Belgium Channel Islands Croatia Estonia France Norway Latvia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Poland Russia Serbia Ukraine

Lists and timelines

Victims of Nazism Holocaust
Holocaust
survivors Survivors of Sobibór Victims and survivors of Auschwitz

Books and other resources Films about the Holocaust Nazi concentration camps Nazi ideologues Rescuers of Jews Shtetls depopulated of Jews Timeline of deportations of French Jews Timeline of the Holocaust Timeline of the Holocaust
Holocaust
in Norway Treblinka timeline

Camps

Concentration

Bergen-Belsen Bogdanovka Buchenwald Dachau Danica Dora Đakovo Esterwegen Flossenbürg Gonars Gospić Gross-Rosen Herzogenbusch Jadovno Janowska Kaiserwald Kraków-Płaszów Kruščica Lobor Mauthausen-Gusen Neuengamme Rab Ravensbrück Sachsenhausen Salaspils Sisak children's camp Stutthof Tenja Theresienstadt Topovske Šupe Uckermark Warsaw

Extermination

Auschwitz-Birkenau Bełżec Chełmno Jasenovac Majdanek Maly Trostenets Sajmište Slana Sobibór Treblinka

Transit

be Breendonk Mechelen fr Gurs Drancy it Bolzano Risiera di San Sabba nl Amersfoort Schoorl Westerbork

Methods

Einsatzgruppen Gas van Gas chamber Extermination through labour Human medical experimentation

Nazi units

SS-Totenkopfverbände Concentration Camps Inspectorate Politische Abteilung Sanitätswesen

Victims

Jews

Roundups

fr Izieu Marseille Vel' d'Hiv

Pogroms

Kristallnacht Bucharest Dorohoi Iaşi Jedwabne Kaunas Lviv Odessa Tykocin Wąsosz

Ghettos

Poland

Białystok Kraków Łódź Lublin Lwów Warsaw

Elsewhere

Budapest Kovno Minsk Riga Vilna

"Final Solution"

Wannsee Conference Operation Reinhard Holocaust
Holocaust
trains Extermination camps

Einsatzgruppen

Babi Yar Bydgoszcz Kamianets-Podilskyi Ninth Fort Piaśnica Ponary Rumbula Erntefest

Resistance

Jewish partisans Ghetto uprisings

Warsaw Białystok Częstochowa

End of World War II

Death marches Wola Bricha Displaced persons Holocaust
Holocaust
denial

trivialization

Others

Romani people (gypsies) Poles Soviet POWs Slavs in Eastern Europe Homosexuals People with disabilities Serbs Freemasons Jehovah's Witnesses Black people

Responsibility

Organizations

Nazi Party Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS) Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst
(SD) Waffen-SS Wehrmacht

Units

Einsatzgruppen Police Regiments Orpo Police Battalions

Collaborators

Ypatingasis būrys Lithuanian Security Police Rollkommando Hamann Arajs Kommando Ukrainian Auxiliary Police Trawnikis Nederlandsche SS Special
Special
Brigades

Individuals

Major perpetrators Nazi ideologues

Early elements Aftermath Remembrance

Early elements

Nazi racial policy Nazi eugenics Nuremberg
Nuremberg
Laws Haavara Agreement Madagascar Plan Forced euthanasia (Action T4)

Aftermath

Nuremberg
Nuremberg
trials Denazification Holocaust
Holocaust
survivors

Survivor guilt

Reparations

Remembrance

Days of remembrance Memorials and museums

Authority control

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