April 26th, 1933 – Enter the Gestapo!

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The Gestapo (an abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei, “Secret State Police”) was the official secret police of Nazi Germany and German-occupied Europe. Hermann Göring formed the unit on April 26th, 1933.

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Beginning on April 20th, 1934, it was under the administration of SS national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen Polizei) by Hitler. In 1936, Himmler made it a sub-office of the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo) (“Security Police”). Then from September 27th, 1939 forward, it was administered by the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) (“Reich Main Security Office”) and was considered a sister organization of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) (“Security Service”).

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