Verschärfte Vernehmung Or, As We Know It, Enhanced Interrogation

With the release of the Senate torture report, I took a look back to see if I’d ever done a post on torture, either in our present context or as a Summer of Long Knives behind-the-scenes-research post. Turns out I’ve done neither. So tonight I’m correcting that oversight. In the early 1930s, Nazi interrogation techniques were largely… Continue reading Verschärfte Vernehmung Or, As We Know It, Enhanced Interrogation

Block Wardens: The Eyes and Ears of the Gestapo

One of the things that surprised me when I started researching the Nazi police apparatus for Summer of Long Knives was how small the Gestapo really was: 40,000 agents and staff to monitor a country of over 60 million people. To put that in perspective, New York City has 34,000 uniformed police for a city of 10… Continue reading Block Wardens: The Eyes and Ears of the Gestapo

Wilhelm Frick: The Man Who Nazified Germany

Frick was many things to the Nazi party. As one of their earliest members of parliament he drafted legislation which would eventually become the Nuremberg Laws. Frick was also the first Nazi granted a ministerial post. In 1930, he became the Minister of Education and Minister of Interior for the German state of Thuringia. There,… Continue reading Wilhelm Frick: The Man Who Nazified Germany

Reinhard Heydrich: The Young Evil God of Death

Like all the most ambitious people, Reinhard Heydrich was a collector of titles: SS Obergruppenfuehrer, Head of the SD, Head of the Prussian Gestapo, Head of Gestapo for the Reich, Head of the Sicherheitspolizei, Head of the Reich’s Main Security Office, and Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. He also collected several unofficial sobriquets: the Hangman,… Continue reading Reinhard Heydrich: The Young Evil God of Death