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The Weimar Police

George C. Browder

in Hitler's Enforcers

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195104790
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854462 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104790.003.0002
The Weimar Police

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Most of the police in Heinrich Himmler's Security Service empire came from the professional police of pre-Nazi Germany. Even though many joined the Nazi Movement, and even became Security Service-Sicherheitsdienst (SS-SD) members, the vast majority identified themselves primarily as policemen. Toward an analysis of these men, one should evaluate and apply as appropriate the sociopsychological theories that have developed from the study of modern police. When applied to the German experience between 1918 and 1945, some of these theories provide likely explanations for police behavior in the Weimar and Nazi eras. The body of theory in question developed largely from research on American police and then expanded, with appropriate modifications, to other societies within the Anglo-Saxon legal tradition. Although many German and Austrian sociologists have few qualms about applying much of this theory to their own contemporary police, applying it to Weimar Republic police requires caution.

Keywords: Heinrich Himmler; Nazi; Security Service; Sicherheitsdienst; policemen; Weimar Republic; police; Germany

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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