The Gestapo was the abbreviation of the Geheime Staatspolizei, or the Secret State Police. It was the official secret police of Nazi Germany and German-occupied Europe.
Gestapo Torture Chamber Under Eiffel Tower! Shocking
The force was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 by combining the executive and the judicial branches into one power. 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 by Hitler.
In the popular picture of the Gestapo with its spies everywhere terrorizing German society has been rejected by many historians as a myth invented after the war as a cover for German society’s widespread complicity in allowing the Gestapo to work.
Normal methods of investigation included various forms of blackmail, threats and extortion to secure “confessions”. Beyond that, sleep deprivation and various forms of harassment were used as investigative methods. Failing that, torture and planting evidence were common methods of resolving a case, especially if the case concerned someone Jewish.
In France, the Gestapo was assisted by the Milice française (French Militia) which was generally called the Milice.
It was a paramilitary force created on January 30, 1943 by the Vichy regime (with German aid) to help fight against the French Resistance during World War II. It participated in summary executions and assassinations, helping to round up Jews and résistants in France for deportation.
The Milice frequently used torture to extract information or confessions from those whom they interrogated. The French Resistance considered the Milice more dangerous than the Gestapo and SS because they were native Frenchmen who understood local dialects fluently, had extensive knowledge of the towns and countryside, and knew local people and informants.
Gestapo Torture Chamber Under Eiffel Tower! Shocking. World War II, Under Nazi rule, Parisians and French Resistance were subject to brutal interrogations by the Gestapo.
These chambers reveal the horrors that took place beneath the Eiffel Tower.