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n, pl -feln (-fəln)
(Historical Terms) See SS


(ˈʃʊtsˌʃtɑ fəl)

German. an elite military unit of the Nazi Party that served as Hitler's bodyguard and as a special police force. Abbr.: SS
[literally, defense echelon]
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Noun1.Schutzstaffel - special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
Gestapo - the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods
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(46.) Die Reichsregierung (Reich Cabinet); Das Korps der Politischen Leiter der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei (Leadership Corps of the Nazi Party); Die Schutzstaffeln der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei (commonly known as the "SS") and including Der Sicherheitsdienst (commonly known as the "SD"); Die Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police, commonly known as the "Gestapo"); Die Sturmabteilungen der NSDAP (commonly known as the "SA"); and the General Staff and High Command of the German Armed Forces; see The Avalon Project: Charter of the International Military Tribunal, Minutes of the Opening Session of the Tribunal, at Berlin, 18 October 1945, Yale Law School Law Library, (last visited Nov.
It was around the time the 26-year-old Himmler was put in charge of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's "protection squads", the monstrous Schutzstaffeln that would come to be known more commonly as the SS.
This does not include the institutional defendants tried by the Tribunal such as the Schutzstaffeln, known as the SS, and the Geheime Staatspolizei, known as the Gestapo.