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Backing HitlerConsent and Coercion in Nazi Germany$
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Robert Gellately

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.001.0001

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Police Justice

Police Justice

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(p.34) 2 Police Justice
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Backing Hitler
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Robert Gellately

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.003.0003

This chapter discusses the activities of the Nazi police. By the end of the pre-war era, if not before, the Nazi police (especially the Gestapo and Kripo) began to take very seriously their new mission to cleanse the body politic of ‘harmful’, or ‘degenerative elements’ in society. In that sense they took on wholly unprecedented, racist-informed, preventive tasks as they moved into the field of social biology. The vision the police adopted was of a conflict-free society from which would be eliminated all social and biological carriers of ‘harmful’ behaviour. These changing missions were not merely worked out behind the scenes, and put into practice in secret, but by and large they were explained in the German press to win support for the dictatorship.

Keywords:   Gestapo, Nazi police, Nazi Germany, Kripo, dictatorship, German press

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