The secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods.
(contraction of Geheime Staatspolizei) Nazi Germany’s secret police, formed 1933, and under the direction of Heinrich Himmler from 1934.
The Gestapo was created by Goering to replace the political police and was transferred to the control of Himmler's SS 1934, under the command of Reinhard Heydrich. There was no appeal against Gestapo authority and it had sweeping powers to deal with acts or individuals it considered against the national interest. It was one of the most feared and brutal elements of the Nazi regime, using torture and terrorism to stamp out anti-Nazi resistance. It was declared a criminal organization at the Nuremberg Trials 1946.
Skraćenica naziva tajne državne političke policije fašističke Nemačke koja se krvavo obračunavala s protivnicima režima i naprednim ljudima.
Tajna policija nacističke Nemačke. (nem.)