The Ss And The Nazi World War II

1117 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
The SS, or Schutzstaffel, played a variety of roles before and during World War II, showing their loyalty to Hitler and patriotism. From their beginning as personal bodyguards of about eight men, to being an elite organization with police units and special forces, these “men in black” used their power to become the most powerful men in Germany. The SS proceeded with mass killings and watched over concentration camps. They did Hitler’s “dirty work.” In 1929, Heinrich Himmler took control of the SS as Reichsfuhrer. Himmler was the second most powerful man in Germany during World War II. Given overall responsibility for the security of the Nazi empire, Himmler was the key and senior Nazi official responsible for conceiving and overseeing implementation of the so-called Final Solution, the Nazi plan to murder the Jews of Europe. The soldiers of the SS were groomed to perfection by Himmler. In the latter years of the war, the SS enlisted the help of Jews in order to round up other Jews for extermination. Jewish councils were set up for the purpose of providing the Germans with information on future prisoners. After this, designated Jews were to show up at a central location for deportation to a concentration camp for labor or death. The SS also came up in the book Night by Elie Wiesel. This was Kiernan 2 about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end…
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