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The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy 1933-1945

Robert Gellately


This book is an examination of the everyday operations of the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. It looks at how the Gestapo were able to detect the smallest signs of non-compliance with Nazi doctrines, especially ‘crimes’ pertaining to the private spheres of social, family, and sexual life. How could the police enforce policies such as those designed to isolate the Jews, or the foreign workers brought to Germany after 1939, with such scrupulousness and apparent ease? This book argues that the key factor in the ‘successful’ enforcement of Nazi racial policy was the willingness of German citizens ... More

Keywords: Gestapo, Nazi, Jews, Germany, racial policy, criminality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198228691
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Gellately, author
Huron College, London, Ontario