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How Important where the Police in Consolidating the Nazi Power

Updated on June 9, 2011

By the end of the third Reich, Germany had a complex web of more than 20 security organizations; they often ended up competing against each other. There were also rotated every few years which only added to the complexity. However it was a deliberate attempt to make sure none became to powerful as a threat, some grew away from the Nazi and the government, due to the inefficiency and bureaucracy of Nazi Germany and due to competition between leaders.

Some of the well known police forces where the SS which were Hitler’s bodyguards and part of the SA, Gestapo similar to SS but fewer in number and fewer roles and the SD which were the intelligence arms of the SS.

The secret police were very efficient and effective because they wanted to perform due to competition by other police forces, by 1939, they had imprisoned over 400,000 Germans and people were generally frightened to commit crime because of their power so they kept Nazi Germany in order. However 80% of investigations came from denunciations by the public not from detective work because they were always filling paperwork, also they failed to investigate properly so innocent people were arrested based only on suspicion.

Overall they were still very important to the Nazi whether they did there job effectively or not because people feared there numbers and what they are allowed to do that alone kept people in fear. This is want Hitler wanted from them a quote from Hitler “Terror is the best key political weapon for nothing drives people so hard as a fear of sudden death”.

I can conclude from this that the police did in fact help Nazi consolidate power and were very important.


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