sec­ond stage: In­ves­ti­ga­tion



The ques­tion­ing of a pris­oner was es­sen­tial to ev­ery case, as it served not only to un­earth in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the of­fence but also as an op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire in­for­ma­tion about other of­fend­ers. Tor­ture ex­isted as a means of ‘loos­en­ing up’ un­co­op­er­a­tive sus­pects. It is widely con­sid­ered that tor­ture by the Gestapo of­ten yielded im­per­fect re­sults but was eas­ier than re­ly­ing on de­tec­tive work.


Where ne­c­es­sary Gestapo of­fi­cers may open a case file on an in­di­vid­ual sus­pected of an of­fence, or de­nounced, but rather than bring­ing the sus­pect in for ques­tion­ing de­cide to mon­i­tor and fol­low the in­di­vid­ual. Mon­i­tor­ing for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion al­lowed the Gestapo to con­struct a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of a op­po­si­tion net­work be­fore try­ing to in­fil­trate it or es­tab­lish­ing a spe­cial task unit.

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