The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten DamsThe Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten Dams

The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third Reich

byCarsten Dams

Hardcover | June 8, 2016

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The Gestapo was the most feared instrument of political terror in the Third Reich, brutally hunting down and destroying anyone it regarded as an enemy of the Nazi regime: socialists, Communists, Jews, homosexuals, and anyone else deemed to be an "anti-social element". Its prisons soon becameinfamous - many of those who disappeared into them were never seen again - and it has been remembered ever since as the sinister epitome of Nazi terror and persecution.But how accurate is it to view the Gestapo as an all-pervasive, all-powerful, all-knowing instrument of terror? How much did it depend upon the cooperation and help of ordinary Germans? And did its networks extend further into the everyday life of German society than most Germans after 1945 everwanted to admit?Answering all these questions and more, this book uses the very latest research to tell the true story behind this secretive and fearsome institution. Tracing the history of the organization from its origins in the Weimar Republic, through the crimes of the Nazi period, to the fate of former Gestapoofficers after World War II, Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle investigate how the Gestapo really worked - and question many of the myths that have long surrounded it.
Carsten Dams is Professor of Police Sciences at the School of Public Management of North-Rhine Westphalia. His main research interests are the history of policing in the twentieth century, and the relationship between policing and violence. Michael Stolle is an Executive Director of the 'House of Competence' at the Karlsruhe Institute...
Title:The Gestapo: Power and Terror in the Third ReichFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019966921X

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Foundation and Early Years2. Development of the Organization3. Gestapo Collaborators4. How the Gestapo Worked5. Persecution in the Reich6. The Gestapo in Europe7. The Gestapo after 1945Conclusion: what is left of the Gestapo?NotesSelected Further ReadingIndex