[EBOOK / KINDLE] Die Gestapo Herrschaft und Terror im Dritten Reich BY Carsten Dams

Die Gestapo Herrschaft und Terror im Dritten Reich2011 The Gestapo Power and Terror in the Third Reich by Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle has been translated into English by Charlotte Ryland and is about to be published by Oxford University Press The authors bring an informed scholarly perspective to the book Dams is Professor of Police Science at the School of Public Management North Rhine Westphalia Stolle Executive Director of the House of Competence Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has written extensively on the Gestapo The book makes use of extensive research on the Gestapo much of which as shown in the extensive bibliography is in German and thus not readily available to non specialist American readersThis book is short but dense and difficult The translation is good on the whole with some stylistic and grammatical eccentricities in English The book is dry and academic The advantage of the book s tone is that it avoids the temptation to sensationalism and stereotyping Most readers likely now of the Gestapo primarily through broader studies of Nazi Germany or through representations in the media This book presents a detailed focused approach The disadvantage of the academic writing on this work is that it may become dull and perhaps overly detached in tone for many readers Thus while the book is valuable it is written for a reader with a serious interest in the subjectThe authors begin with the observation that the Gestapo or the German Secret State Police has become emblematic of the Third Reich for many people It has an almost mythological character as an omnipotent terrorist organization which the leaders of the Gestapo themselves carefully cultivated Dams and Stolle are far from minimizing the evil terror murder and lawlessness that followed in the Gestapo s wake Their goal is to show how the Gestapo changed they unhappily use the term evolved over the life of the Third Reich They also want to show that the Gestapo formed part of a broad range of organizations and people that led to the Holocaust and to other terrors They point to other parts of the German police establishment to the Army to collaborators and informants both within Germany and in places that came under the dominion of the Reich They find a broad guilt in the crimes of the Reich not only in Gestapo leadership but in the Gestapo officers as well who worked with a great deal of discretion and with other components of German and European society They conclude that many Gestapo participants essentially escaped without proper punishment in the years following WW IIDrawing of the work of earlier scholars Dams and Stolle distinguish between a Normative and a Prerogative state both of which existed in the Third Reich The normative state involves the laws and rules that apply to the non persecuted portions of a society The prerogative state is one which takes actions against outsiders those whom the state defines as enemies The Gestapo was empowered to take preemptive action against those defined as enemies and to do so without legal obligation in wholly arbitrary ways and by means of brutal terror The Gestapo was the core institution of the National Socialist Prerogative StateReaders looking for detailed accounts of the innumerable murders tortures and acts Of Sadism Will Not sadism will not it in this book Dams and Stolle fully acknowledge the scope and enormity of the crimes but their focus lies in trying to identify the institutional structure that allowed the perpetuation of the crimes rather than in their description Thus the early chapters of the book describe the development of the Gestapo from the police forces that existed during the Weimar Republic particularly as these forces combatted communism and the rising NSDAP itself The book describes the recruitment of personnel and discusses the difficulty of attributing any one specific motivation to the many individuals that worked for the Gestapo Many were committed to the NSDAP programme while others were careerists seeking advancement while still others were attracted by the possibilities of sadism and brutality The authors then briefly examine the top leadership of the Gestapo including figures such as Himmler Heydrich Muller and the lawyer Werner Best The book examines the shifting relationships between the Gestapo leadership in Berlin the Gestapa and the field offices elsewhere in Germany and eventually in EuropeThe authors then describe the Gestapo s way of operating in Germany and the manner in which all the police organizations of the state worked together even though they freuently were rivals They discuss political persecutions the persecutions of religious groups foreign nationals and others leading to the beginnings of the implementation of the policy against JewsThen Dams and Stolle discuss the expansion of the Gestapo s reach with the prosecution of the war including the many enormities of the Holocaust The discussions are brief but focused as the book describes the Gestapo s differing role and the different types of collaborations in the many countries which the Third Reich controlled for a timeThe final sections of the book offer an overview of attempts to prosecute members of the the book offer an overview of attempts to prosecute members of the following WW II These efforts met with mixed success but had overall the effect of increasing nowledge of the Gestapo and the ways in which it operated Finally the authors try briefly to consider what lessons might be drawn from the structure of the Gestapo for contemporary issues The authors are broadly skeptical of the proper scope of preemptive police work aimed at a group or a perceived enemy before a crime has been committed They are reluctant to draw any specific conclusions because the enormities of the Third Reich have no easy analogiesDams and Stolle have written a scholarly and valuable history of the Gestapo and of the ways in which it operated The book will be of interest to serious students of Nazi Germany and to readers with an interest in the organizational structure and functions of police forcesRobin Friedman. He 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 Gestapo officers after World War II Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle investigate how the Gestapo really worked and uestion many of the myths that have long surrounded it.

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Third Reich by Dams and Stolle is addresses the rise and fall of this terrible arm of Nazi political power And does so in a manageable 182pp not including end notes and bibliography I was intrigued as I read about the origins and rise to power of major players in Nazi Germany such as Himmler Goering and Heydrich and their roles and positions in the Gestapo and its predecessor organizations The authors lay out neatly and clearly the rise of the Gestapo from existing regional police forces the dismissal or redeployment of police officers particularly of higher ranks during reorganization into the Gestapo I was fascinated to read the roles and differences between informants and denunciators I understood that the Gestapo relied on these two bodies to obtain grounds to carry out raids arrests etc and that as time went on the Gestapo could search at will and even if they found nothing suspicious could still arrest people subject them to terror or torture and make cases using confessions obtained under duressOther information of interest to me in this book included an overview not only of Gestapo practice but also its organization and description of ranks and officers in the forceUltimately at its core the Gestapo was a police force though one with fewer restrictions than most and with the political will to serve its own ends as well as those of the National Socialist PartyIn summary I d say that this book is a great addition to the history section of any library especially those of WWII historians professional and amateur5 stars This is tight trenchant overview of the Gestapo the jackboots of most if not all of Nazi trades proves it WAS master of all THE GESTAPO POWER AND TERROR IN THE THIRD REICH written by two Germans a police scientist and a Gestapo historian is a deep study of the Teutonic Troglodytes that were Hitler s secret police Interestingly the Gestapo wasn t always the all encompassing coterie of carnage history has portrayed them as The body started out small at the German state level with roots in the Weimar Republic When Hitler became chancellor on January 30 1933 the Gestapo via Herman Goring s direction became The Gestapo It was intensely and surprisingly bureaucratic But as it assembled names and organized color coded index cards with citizen information it undoubtedly helped oil the Reich s machine of mendacity The Gestapo served both in the field and in the office and they didn t work alone It worked through and with fear It was also sustained by an extensive domestic spy circuitry that included Jewish spies Overall the Gestapo was in charge from Nazism s apex right through the or less organized anarchy the words of political scientist Franz Neumann of its fall in Spring 1945 Even amid Germany s defeat and into the post war years the Gestapo s ghost hung over the country mercilessly The rebuilt though divided and de Nazified Germany put on trial former Gestapo members for war crimes Shockingly the wheels of justice either turned very slowly or not at all Some defendants were convicted some were acuitted for various reasons and some escaped justice altogether Overall the Gestapo s fascistic fetish shines bright throughout this book s narrative As does the uestion Could something like the Nazis and the Gestapo ever happen again Such pungent prose provokes such ueries This book is not an the Gestapo ever happen again Such pungent prose provokes such ueries This book is not an account of the Gestapo but it is exhausting to read There are times the book gets interesting but overall it s no fun to read than a phone book There were interesting points that stuck out but had it been written with of a storytelling approach I might have finished it much sooner than the 2 or so weeks it took But maybe the Gestapo isn t the best subject matter for storytelling Today practically every government in the world has both a domestic surveillance department FBI in US MI 5 in UK and an international intelligence agency CIA in US FSB in Russia MI 6 in UK In the Weimer Republic after WW1 each of the constituent governments had their own political police The most powerful was that of Prussia which made up almost half of Germany after the warThere is nothing inherently evil about these agencies it is the way they are used that is usually the problem Keeping an eye on people who want to overthrow the government would seem to be a good thing but when they re used to suash dissent and limit what people can say or think is another matterOriginally what became the GESTAPO was the political section of say or think is another matterOriginally what became the GESTAPO was the political section of police in each German province Even prior to Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany on January 31 1933 the Nazis had gained control of the police in Prussia under Hermann Goering From this time the GESTAPO became an arm of the Nazi Party whose aim was to crush dissent from anywhere on the political spectrum Under Goering the first concentration camps were set up where political opponents were incarcerated tortured and murdered After 1933 and with the implementation of the Nuremburg Laws all of the political police came under a single jurisdiction that became nown as the GESTAPO Himmler was able to take over command after Goering became head of the Four Year Plan to prepare Germany for war From there terror was unlimited The actual GESTAPO was uickly rolled into the RHSA Reich s Central Security Apparatus which was to be then included in the SS SD security detail of the SS Originally it included police from the provincial political police and ripo the criminal police but Police and Kripo the Criminal Police but later mostly populated by Nazi Party members I went on to include the Sondercommandos of the Concentration Camps and the Einsatzgruppen who did most of the illings in Eastern Europe After the war many of its members became part of the East German Stasi and the West Germany intelligence communityAnything and everything well practically that you would want to Puckster's First Hockey Sweater know about the Gestapo its member its methods etc is included in this well researched bookZeb Kantrowitz A New Study Of The GestapoPublished in Germany in. Sinister epitome of Nazi terror and persecution But how accurate is it to view the Gestapo as an all pervasive all powerful allnowing 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 ever wanted to admit Answering these uestions and this book uses This is a short history of the Gestapo Most of the book talks about the bureaucracy and how the Gestapo was very integrated with the SD and the regular police Nazi Germany in general and the SSGestapo in particular are subjects we need to understand to prevent them from happening again This is perhaps particularly true at the moment when we are dealing with outrageous claims and demands from Trump and his right wing brethren It is interesting to note for example that one of the first things that the Gestapo did was to comply a list of Jews in the Reich ostensibly just for the record but we all now where that went from thereThe book itself is necessarily brief as it is just a summary of the events that led to the set up of the Gestapo and their murderous rampage through Europe It is vaguely dissatisfactory in my view in that the chronology is not always clear at least to this reader What is clear is that this organization didn t operate alone and relied on informants and importantly members of the general population prepared to denounce others for sometimes trivial offense such as telling jokes about the regime It s clear that a secret police forcepolitical police force needs this type of information to be effective Again when we hear about calls for enhanced surveillance and internmentdeportation of our enemies this is something we should bear in mindIt is too easy to shout Nazi Germany at the first sign of something about which we strongly disagree but we need to study how that regime worked to avoid it happening again This is what we owe those who suffered and died under the Nazi heel and the last paragraph of this book is perhaps the most powerfulI learned a fair bit about this organization but I felt that the relationships to the rest of the regime namely Hitler himself the SS and the Waffen SS were not entirely clear to me Subjects for further reading no doubt To repeat we need to understand this regime now than ever Meticulous Examination of Nazi Terror Tool This book was reviewed as part of s Vine program which included a free advance copy of the bookThe Gestapo is one of those mysterious organizations that have been or less defined by cinema and television rather than fact When one mentions the name Gestapo it than likely conjures up images of a black Mercedes speeding down a German French or Polish city street in the middle of the night that comes to a screeching halt as it arrives at its destination the doors then fly open unleashing a group of grim looking men donning black leather trench coats and black Fedoras who pull out Lugar pistols as they briskly enter a building While this imagery rightfully does a fine job of simply presenting the secret police arm of Nazi Germany as an instrument of evil it falls far short of illustrating the diverse and complex nature of the organization Carsten Dams and Michael Stolle s THE GESTAPO POWER AND TERROR IN THE THIRD REICH offers a superbly researched examination of the Gestapo that reveals the Gestapo to be a highly functional and immensely organized institution with a vast amount of power at a variety of levelsEssentially a straight forward study on the subject matter the book proved to be a somewhat difficult tedious read at times With that being said I ultimately found the book s Fresh Take On The Subject Matter To take on the subject matter to both fascinating and educational Dams and Stolle detail the Gestapo s growth and power from its inception to the end of the Second World War and beyond Rather than focusing on the atrocities associated with the organization the authors opt to give readers a thorough understanding of the Gestapo s structure policiesprocedures how it functioned both inside Germany and in German occupied territory Although are passing references to a few infamous Gestapo actions Sophie Scholl and those involved in the July 44 plot to assassinate Hitler the book s scholarly approach likely won t satisfy those wanting specific stories of the Gestapo at work This book is geared primarily at those who wants to understand the who what and how aspects of the organization something Dams and Stolle do uite well The intricacies of the organization illustrate an organizedefficient bureaucracy that eventually naturally morphed into a murder machine for the Nazis In fact the organization served as a stepping stone for many Germans simply interested in climbing the Nazi ranks I found the chapter addressing techniues used by the organization to basically control Germans and those in the occupied territories to be as frightening as it was interesting THE GESTAPO proved to be both highly educational and thought provoking If one wants to understand how easy it Is For A Government for a government exert its power to the nth degree and subtly instill widespread fearparanoia in short order over a modern society look no further as this book offers the perfect case study This book provides an overview of the Gestapo their actions during WWII and post war trialsI found parts of this book very interesting in particular the fact that most of the people involved simply seemed to go back to their normal lives after the end of the war even though they were involved war crimes but the writing was very dry and the narrative jumped between dates and places too much a simple chronological account may have been better OK well I think the book was written by a researcher a good one but made the reader drag through stats that were added to increase the length of the book Much of the information I new I would not recommend this to anyone except those who haven t read anything about the gestapo WWII in general and the machinations of the Nazi Third Reich in specific seem to provide an unusual attraction even now than 50 years after the end of that conflict And one of the most enigmatic and secretive branches of Nazi Germany was the Gestapo That name alone is typically and not undeservedly associated with fear persecution and terrorThe book The Gestapo Power and Terror in the. 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 became infamous many of those who disappeared into them were never seen again and it has been remembered ever since as the. ,