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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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From Kripo to Sipo

From Kripo to Sipo

(p.85) 4 From Kripo to Sipo
Hitler's Enforcers

George C. Browder

Oxford University Press

The 1936 inclusion of the regular Kriminalpolizei (Kripo) detectives in Sicherheitspolizei (Sipo) adds a larger, allegedly more professional and less ideological group of detectives to this already complex analysis. Though the avowed political aloofness of these detectives requires skeptical analysis, its half-truth enhances the argument that processes rather than predisposition provide better explanations for their involvement in Nazi inhumanity. With that in mind, one must turn to Kripo—to its organization, mission, image, and personnel, and their transformation into members of Sipo. Although no modern society ever seems to have enough detectives, Germany was comparatively well off when the Nazis came to power. Approximately 12,000 detectives were in the service of the state. All were stationed in cities, for the Gendarmerie did the spade work on criminal cases in the countryside.

Keywords:   Kriminalpolizei, detectives, Sicherheitspolizei, Nazis, Germany

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