Hitler Orders Expendable Prisoners Be Sent to Concentration Camps Under SS Supervision

Reich Minister of Justice Franz Gürtner is informed by Adolf Hitler that all "expendable" prisoners currently in "security confinement" are to be handed over to Heinrich Himmler to be placed in concentration camps.

Gürtner resists, but not out of any concern for the welfare of the prisoners. Instead, he is worried about the erosion of his own power and authority as a consequence of this.

He's right to be worried — Himmler and the SS want control over all criminals of any sort. In fact, the SS will send a letter to Gürtner demanding the transfer of everyone in "security confinement," not just those deemed "expendable," to concentration camps.

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