The Schutzstaffel and Death Camps

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The SS was formed in 1925 by Adolf Hitler under the SA for the sole purpose of providing security for Hitler and other Nazi leaders, security for political meetings, and soliciting subscribers for the party's newspapers. The SS stands for the Schutzstaffel and its main focus was initially was protection and eventually rose through the Nazi power structure under its most infamous figure, Heinrich Himmler who was put in charge of the SS in 1929 when there were only 280 SS members. He initially fell under the command of SA commander Ernst Rohm whom became his arch nemesis. He decided to take command and control of the SS because he saw an opportunity to develop an elite corps in the Nazi party that was founded on racial purity. The selection process for the SS was quite rigorous as they checked your Aryan ancestry to ensure racial purity and political reliability. Himmler turned the SS into an elite guard force capable of providing the best protection possible and later became a deadly military force or the German military version of Special Operations. The two key functions that Himmler introduced to the SS was internal security and guardianship of racial purity. Himmler also inspired the SS into creating the motto of "My honor is loyalty" after he told Hitler of a revolt against him by the Berlin SA in 1931 (ushmm). Himmler also created the secret service or Sicherheitsdienst-SD for the sole purpose of intelligence gathering in the summer of 1931. They gathered evidence on Hitler's opponents within the party, leaders, and activities of other political parties as well as various government officials through both federal and local levels. Also another big thing about the Secret Service or SD was after 1934 the only agency allo... ... middle of paper ... ...e corruption of medical professionals, various policemen, and government officials. The major thing to consider is the right wing paramilitary forces that basically formed the Waffen-SS and the Death's head unit. Works Cited "SS and Police." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum , n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2011. . Trueman, Chris . "Waffen-SS." History Learning Site. Chris Trueman, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2011. . "Waffen-SS." Jewish Virtual Library - Homepage. Jewish Virtual Library, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2011. . mid-March, and 1942. "The Camps." Middle Tennessee State University. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2011. .

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