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Hitler's EnforcersThe Gestapo and the SS Security Service in the Nazi Revolution$
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George C. Browder

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195104790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104790.001.0001

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The SD: Personnel and Images

The SD: Personnel and Images

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Hitler's Enforcers

George C. Browder

Oxford University Press

By 1935–1936, the character of Sicherheitsdienst (SD) membership may have begun to change, but such changes did not involve a “new generation” or new types. Men born after the war, children of the depression who received their formal education during Nazi dominance, did not appear until 1939 and never became a pivotal force. No new socioeconomic presence emerged in Germany. Instead, the change involved shifts of proportional representation among types already present. Although precise analysis will require more extensive research, one can make a few safe generalizations. Among the 1935–1936 recruits, the trend toward youth continued. The vast majority belonged to the post-1901 cohort, with an average age of around 26 or 27. Even so, recruit ages still ranged from the early twenties to the fifties. Simultaneously came a decline in status within the Movement. Fewer were Old Fighters, and more than one-third joined after the “power seizure,” most in 1933. Lower Party standing was not always a function of increased youth, however.

Keywords:   Sicherheitsdienst, membership, recruits, youth, Old Fighters, power seizure, Germany

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