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Definition: Gestapo from The Chambers Dictionary

the secret police in Nazi Germany; (without cap; pl gesta'pos) any such secret police organization associated with harsh and unscrupulous methods.


adj

of, relating to or characteristic of the Gestapo. [From Ger Geheime Staatspolizei, secret state police]


Summary Article: Gestapo
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(German: “Secret State Police”) Political police of Nazi Germany. It was created by Hermann Goring in 1933 from the political and espionage units of the Prussian police and by Heinrich Himmler from the police of the remaining German states. Himmler was given command in 1934. The Gestapo operated without civil restraints, and its actions were not subject to judicial appeal. Thousands of Jews, leftists, intellectuals, trade unionists, political clergy, and homosexuals disappeared into concentration camps after being arrested by the Gestapo. In World War II the Gestapo suppressed partisan activities in the occupied territories, and a section of the Gestapo under Adolf Eichmann organized the deportation of Jews to the extermination camps in Poland.

Event: Gestapo

Definition: secret police (government organization)

Significance: Holocaust (European history), Nazi Party (political party, Germany), World War II (1939–1945)

Related Event: Holocaust, World War II

Keywords: Gestapo, Nazi Party, Holocaust, World War II, secret police

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