State Control: Guilty Before Innocent

The state secret police, the Gestapo, and Heinrich Himmler’s SS kept the population under control. Following Dachau, more concentration camps were built where enemies of the people (criminals, homosexuals, gypsies, beggars, Jews, communists and anyone out of step with the regime) were placed for ‘protective custody’. For the average German it was seen as a time of security as crime fell drastically, and many were happy to play the role of informant which helped the Gestapo and the SS keep the camps full. With the loss of civil liberty, those put on trial were assumed guilty and stood little chance of acquittal.

If you find an error please notify us in the comments. Thank you!