What was the role of the SS in the Nazi state?

Hitler was ambitious and wanted to control Germany which required a strong support base. The SS, or Schutzstaffel in full, was a combat branch of Hitler’s Nazi Party initially meant for protection of senior Nazi officials. The SS was formed in 1923 and became an independent organ in 1934. Heinrich Himmler became the leader of the SS in 1929 and radically transformed its operations (Lumsden, 16).

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