Gestapo

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Gestapo

Gestapo

Iyviann Chu04/23/14Period One

The secret service police, Gestapo, had no restrictions when they dealt with the capturing and exterminating of those who did not fit Hilter's criteria. These German police were allowed to do whatever they wanted to the Jews, even when it was completely unnecessary. “The power of the secret police was virtually unlimited. It operated outside, and above, the law and even disregarded court actions.” (internet) This line illustrates the significant amount of carelessness they had towards those who were captured. This greatly affects the prisoners because the Gestapo’s unfair advantage gives them the power to do terrible things to Jews without consequence.

Hypothesize the amount of power the Gestapo had over those that they captured and how it affected what happened to them.

Horrible things were done to the people the Gestapo captured. Those who seemed a “threat” to Nazi Germany were given the lower hand and treated like a bunch of garbage. “In October 1938, the Gestapo began rounding up some of more than 50,000 Jewish Poles living in Germany to deport them to Poland, despite the fact that many of them had been living in Germany for years.” (Saari 60) In this situation, Nazis easily take away the loving homes that people have lived in forever. It doesn’t matter how long they have been there or if their ancestors lived there for many generations.

Imagine what terrible things happened to those who were captured by the Gestapo, considering the unlimited power the Gestapo had.

Justify the main goals the Gestapo had during World War II.

The main goals for the Gestapo were what you would expect; to assist Hitler in fulfilling the “Final Solution.” They took their job very seriously. The Gestapo was one of Hitler’s secret weapons into fulfilling the “Final Solution” and did what they had to in doing so. “The preventive police mission of a political police is to search out the enemies of state and to watch them and at the right moment destroy them. In order to fulfill this mission the political police must be free to use every means required to achieve the necessary goal.” (Halleck 30)