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    • The SchutzStaffel or ** was formed in April 1925 as a section of the SA and functioned as a personal bodyguard for the NSDAP leader, Adolf Hitler.
    • The ** was considered to be an elite force and membership was restricted to those who were pure Aryan Germans.
    • On 6th January 1929 Heinrich Himmler (left) was appointed leader of the **. Himmler was an ambitious man and set about building up membership of the **.
    • Formed in 1931, this section of the ** was placed under the control of Himmler's right-hand man, Reinhard Heydrich.
    • In its early years the SD was responsible for the security of the Nazi Party.
    • After Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933, the SD was also responsible for seeking out and dealing with those who opposed and were a threat to the leading members of the Nazi Party.
    • After Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933, the SD was also responsible for seeking out and dealing with those who opposed and were a threat to the leading members of the Nazi Party.

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