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It was created on April 4, 1925

It disappeared on May 8, 1945

It was an NSDAP armed organization (National Socialist German Workers' Party). Over time, the Schutzstaffel subordinated all the state and security apparatus of the Nazi state to an extermination policy. The SS was the organization most responsible for genocidal killing estimated at 5.5 to 6 million Jews and other millions of victims. Their predecessor was the SA partition named Stabswache. From 1929 to 1945, the SS was the most important security, surveillance and terror agency in Germany and Europe occupied by Germany.

The oath on arrival in the SS was:

“Their Dir Dir, Adolf Hitler, and Führer und Kanzler des Reiches Treue und Tapferkeit. Ich gelobe Dir und den von Dir bestimmten Vorgesetzten Gehorsam bis den Tod, so wahr mir Gott helfe. "

“You, Adolf Hitler, the leaders and chancellors of the German Empire, swear loyalty and bravery. I promise you and your superiors, who you appoint, obedience to death. God help me to do this. ”

SS unit password was:

"Meine Ehre heißt Treue" ("My honor is called loyalty").