The SS was a state within a state, a rule of terror, aggression, and human destructiveness perpetrated by Hitler's political and ideological soldiers. They were the enforcers of the National Socialist Weltanschauung (world view). The SS was a multi-functional organization consisting of twelve so-called Hauptämter main offices. The militarized SS was an elite fighting formation which after World War II frequently compared itself to the U.S. Marine Corps.
The inscription on this dagger reads, "my honor is my loyalty".
Metal eagle with swastika from an SS service cap.
Cufflinks with the SS symbol given to persons supporting the SS financially. The initials F M on the cufflinks stand for Foerderndes Mitglied ( supporting member) of the SS. As a pun, FM was frequently termed, "Fine Men Seek Security" (FM SS), by donating protection money to the SS.
Death Skull from an SS service cap.
SS Officer Candidate School at Bad Tölz, Upper Bavaria. The last commander of this school was SS Obersturmbannführer (Lt. Colonel) Richard Schulze-Kossens, who was interviewed by Dr. John Steiner in 1976, concerning his role in the SS.
SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler inspecting SS troops in Gotenhafen. Himmler was the supreme leader of the Schutzstaffel.
The blonde, blue-eyed Aryan as the SS racial ideal.
SS insignia: Honorary SS Officer's saber, the SS standard, trumpeter with standard of Hitler's personal battalion.
The SS was not only a political and military organization, but also a militant pseudo-religious order with its own view of the absolute. They called themselves gottgläubig [god-believing]. Non-Aryans could not be a part of that organization, which also declared an absolute belief in Reich and Führer.