This first socio-organizational history of the Gestapo, the SD, and the regular detectives of the Third Reich, 1932-1937, explores the roots of their roles in police terror and programs of mass murder. These personnel helped to form the character and missions of their organizations, which were not simply created from above by Hitler, Himmler, or Heydrich. Hitler's Enforcers is based on research at 34 archives in Germany and the United States, including the personnel files of over 1,000 former members, and is the first such study to benefit from the German documents captured by the Soviets and Poles and kept secret until recently.
Readership: Scholars and students of German history
and the origins of Nazism.
George C. Browder, Professor of History, State University of New York, Fredonia
"specialists will be grateful for this detailed ... monograph. ... Browder's book adds significantly to our knowledge of the Gestapo and the SD in peacetime. Its strength lies in the empirical detail and depth of analysis;" - Times Literary Supplement, 8 August 1997