Hogan's Heroes

The Gestapo is the official secret police of Nazi Germany. They cause trouble for Colonel Hogan

Hermann Göring formed the unit in 1933. Beginning on 20 April 1934, it was under the administration of SS national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen Polizei) by Hitler.

The name stands for Geheime Staatspolizei. This means "secret state police". It was under the overall administration of the SS. You hear the actual words " Geheime Staatspolizei" in two episodes, "Sergeant Schultz Meets Mata Hari" and "The Flame Grows Higher". In the former, Hochstetter says it and in the latter, Newkirk uses the term when he is on the phone.

The Gestapo were allowed to arrest people that offended the government in any way. The government could use the secret police to accuse and arrest anyone they wanted without being questioned.

After the war in Europe ended, the Gestapo was declared a criminal organization by the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at the Nuremberg trials.[1]

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