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Post by Walther Darré » 06 Aug 2002 20:05

I was wondering about the German administration during the Nazis. You know they had this "Gau" system; how was it divided? Thanks in advance!

Oh, I think there's a picture of "der Gau" as well, if someone's got it I'd be glade if you could upload it here so I could download it!

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Post by Ken Jasper » 06 Aug 2002 21:59

The Gau was an administrative district consisting of several Kreise. By 1943, there were 43 Gaue which were subdivided into 920 Kreise. The Kreise was further subdivided into the Ortsgruppen which were then divided into Zellen (cells) and Bloecke (blocks).

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Kreis
Ortsgruppe
Zelle
Block

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Post by Zachary » 06 Aug 2002 22:14

Did they include the occupied territories?
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Post by alsaco » 06 Aug 2002 22:23

Attention. The Gaù was an inside NS division, with a Gaùleiter.

The normal german administrative was the Bezirk, smaller then the Gaù

The gaùleiter received orders from Partei-Direktion in Berlin, and issued orders for the Kreise-Leitern.

Theorically the classical administration, reinstated by the Federal Republic, remained valid.

In fact, the NSDAP had his own administration, controlling the normal one, but not official. Much depended from the characters of people, as to who was relly in charge. However, naturally, with SS and Gestapo directing the police, the Party was very strong.

But remember Gordeler, mayor in Leipzig. He kept his power until hanged for complot in 1944.

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Post by Ken Jasper » 06 Aug 2002 23:56

Zachary,

Only in what had been Poland and Czechoslovakia. not in the West European countries nor in the USSR.

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Post by Wilfried Abenaschon » 07 Aug 2002 02:29

Ken Jasper wrote:Zachary,

Only in what had been Poland and Czechoslovakia. not in the West European countries nor in the USSR.


Hello,
Just a precision : it concerned only Germany which was enlarged through Czechoslovakia (Gau Sudeten), Poland (Gau Westpreussen, Whartegau) a part of White Russia (south east of East Prussia) AND IN THE WEST through a bit of France : Lothringen (attached to Sarreland) and Elsass (Gau Southwest ?)
In all cases, these lands were part of the Reich in 1900 or inhabited by german population.
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Post by JLEES » 07 Aug 2002 02:30

I just thought people might be interested. I have a 1939 Nazi propaganda card titled, German Gau and it depicts the varous NSDAP districts within the Third Reich, in the summer of 1939. I hope this helps.
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Post by Ken Jasper » 07 Aug 2002 03:19

Great card, James, never saw that one before.

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Post by David E M » 07 Aug 2002 07:29

Is this of any help? sorry it came out so big.
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Post by alsaco » 07 Aug 2002 14:02

Zachary wrote:Did they include the occupied territories?
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The party had no official existence outside the enlarged german territories. See map below.

Occupied territories had, according to international rules, kept their own structure.

Poland, government in England, received a General Government, under Frick, Parti member.
Tchekei, government in England, received a General Government, under Heydrich, Gestapo Chef. Heydrich was assassinated in 1942
Slovakia, national government, under Hlinka, I think.
Rumania, national government.
Hungary, national government
Serbia, national government
Greece, national government, the legal government being in Cairo
Crotia, national government, Ante Pavelic and Oustachis
Norway, local government Quisling, King in England
Danemark. Army delegate to the King
Netherlands, Local government with german supervisor Seys-Inquart; Legal government in England
Belgium, Army administration, government in England, King prisoner of war
France, occupied, Army administration, legal government in Vichy
France, south, legal government in Vichy

Naturally, in each case the german and party influence depanded from men in charge, and real control by armed forces.

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Post by Marcus » 07 Aug 2002 20:55

See the two below links for more info on the regional structure.
http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/regional.htm
http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/nsdap-gau.htm

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Post by Walther Darré » 08 Aug 2002 13:22

Thanks for the information and the great pictures lads!
One more question: What does "Gau" mean?

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Post by David E M » 08 Aug 2002 13:59

How about 'Administative District' ?
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Post by Walther Darré » 08 Aug 2002 14:45

Nah, I doubt that. It ought to be just one word, and a short one. Maybe it means "area"? Some German can clear it out...

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Post by Ken Jasper » 08 Aug 2002 16:03

Many translate Gau as Province.

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