The Nazis offered the Gestapo enormous new powers to track down political opponents and those deemed to be ‘race enemies’. At almost the same time, the Kripo was given a mission to find and eliminate a wide variety of social outsiders, from criminals, to beggars, and even the homeless. The police in general, as well as a host of other authorities, were part of a much larger effort to restore the mythical purity of the racially based ‘community of the people’ that supposedly existed in the past. This chapter focuses on the Kripo and its campaigns to deal with variously defined social outsiders.
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