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Transcript of Gestapo

The video you just viewed shows the ways prisoners of war were treated if the Gestapo considered them to have information.
The Gestapo group was secret police that originated in Nazi Germany and also parts of Europe that were occupied by Germans. They formed on April 26, 1933 and disconnected on May 8, 1945. In 1944 there were 32 000 people that were involved. The Gestapo group had jurisdiction in Germany, they occupied Europe. Their headquarters was in Prinz-Albrecht-Straße. They had 3 parent agencies, Allgemeine SS, RSHA, Sicherheitspolizei. The Gestapo group's national leader was Heinrich Himmler.

What did they do?

Basic Information
Gestapo symbol
Leader of Gestapo
Pay Grades
Pay Grade[23] Annual Salary 1938
Reichsmark (RM)[24] Ranks
A8c3 2,160–2,340 apl. Kriminalassistent
A7c 2,000–3,000 Kriminaloberassistent
A7a 2,350–3,500 Kriminalsekretär
A5b 2,300–4,200 Kriminalobersekretär
A4c1 2,800–5,300 Hilfskriminalkommissar
Kriminalkommissar auf Probe
apl. Kriminalkommissar
A4c2 2,800–5,000 Kriminalinspektor
A3b 4,800–7,000 Kriminalrat
A2d 4,800–7,800 Kriminaldirektor
A2c2 4,800–8,400 Regierungs-und Kriminalrat
A2b 7,000–9,700 Oberregierungs-und Kriminalrat
A1b 6,200–10,600 Regierungs- und Kriminaldirektor
Quote by Heinrich Himmler
“We have always selected the highest and abandoned the lowest. As long as we maintain this principle, the Order (the SS) will remain healthy. After the war, we shall really build up our Order......it will provide Germany with an elite. This elite will provide leaders to industry, agriculture and politics and the activities of the mind."
Gestapo's purpose was to ensure that all individuals did what they were ordered to do with no exceptions. If you refused they tortured you. The group had ultimate power amongst Nazi's and Germans alike. Gestapo stopped at nothing to accomplish their duties and this meant horrific consequences to anyone that got in their way.
Heinrich Himmler
This video will show what the Gestapo group did to their prisoners if they did not follow their orders.
The video takes place in an underground chamber beneath the Eiffel Tower.
Being a prisoner of Gestapo gave you two grim options, either spill your guts of information, or die. And if you were not willing to tell of any important facts, you were tortured until you did. You could have been tied upside down to a wooden log, placed on the backs of two chairs, and shot at like a pig waiting to be roasted. Survival of this form of torture only gave you different ways to come to your death. A heavy cloth bandage would be tied haphazardly across your face and then they'd light you on fire. Trapped and delirious Gestapo would leave you to burn to death with other prisoners. All for information. All torture chambers used different methods to get the information. These are just some examples of the methods.

Torture room
The logo of the Gestapo shows a black circle with two white letter "S"s in the shape of truncated lightning bolts within it.
Samantha, Matt, Jessie
Gestapo Uniform
Heinrich Himmler was appointed leader of Gestapo on the 20th of April, 1934. Later, in 1936, he was administrated as the chief of German police by Adolf Hitler. Himmler made Gestapo a suboffice of the SS, which he lead as well at the time. Gestapo served as a convenient service to the SS.
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