Sicherheitsdienst

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Group.png Sicherheitsdienst  
(Intelligence agency)Rdf-icon.png
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Parent organizationSchutzstaffel
HeadquartersPrinz-Albrecht-Straße, Berlin
TypeIntelligence Service
Staff6,482

Sicherheitsdienst (German: [ˈzɪçɐhaɪtsˌdiːnst], Security Service), full title Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS (English: Security Service of the Reichsführer-SS), or SD, was the intelligence agency of the SS and the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany. The organization was the first Nazi Party intelligence organization to be established and was considered a sister organization with the Gestapo, which the SS had infiltrated heavily after 1934. Between 1933 and 1939, the SD was administered as an independent SS office, after which it was transferred to the authority of the Reich Main Security Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt; RSHA), as one of its seven departments/offices.[1] Its first director, Reinhard Heydrich, intended for the SD to bring every single individual within the Third Reich's reach under "continuous supervision."[2]


References

  1. McNab, Chris. The SS: 1923–1945, p. 41.
  2. Krausnick, Helmut, et al. Anatomy of the SS State, pp. 166–167.


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