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Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS

Main office for Personal Staff of the Reich Leader of the SS
Hauptamt Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS
Command flag for Reichsführer-SS 1935-1945.
The Hauptamt Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer was a main office of the SS.

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler with his adjutant, SS-Oberführer Karl Wolff in 1933.
Agency overview
Formed c.1933
Dissolved May 8, 1945
Jurisdiction Germany
Occupied Europe
Headquarters Prinz-Albrecht-Straße, Berlin
Employees ~ 120 (c.1944) [1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Parent agency SS

The Personal Staff of the Reich Leader of the SS (German: Hauptamt Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS) was a main office of the SS which was established in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler to serve as a personal office coordinating various activities and projects subordinate to the Reichsführer-SS.


  • Operations 1
  • Additional roles 2
  • Role in the Holocaust 3
  • References 4


From 1933 until 1942, the office was headed by Karl Wolff who would eventually become an SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS.[2] Wolff's daily activities involved overseeing Himmler's schedule and serving as a liaison with other SS offices and agencies by conveying the wishes of the Reichsführer to all branches, offices, and subordinated units within the SS. Following the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, Wolff fell out with Himmler and was replaced by SS-Obergruppenführer Maximilian von Herff who served as its head until the end of the war.

Additional roles

Himmler also established several special project teams under the authority of his personal office. This included the staff of the Wewelsburg castle as well as the Ahnenerbe. This team of experts was interested in the anthropological and cultural history of the Aryan race. It conducted experiments and launched voyages with the intent of proving that prehistoric and mythological Nordic populations had once ruled the world.

Role in the Holocaust

The exact role that Himmler's personal staff played in the Holocaust has been a subject of great debate with Karl Wolff himself attesting that the personal staff were little more than desk bound paper pushers who had little to nothing to do with the atrocities committed by the SS.[3] However, given that most of Himmler's wishes and orders were distributed by his personal staff, it remains highly doubtful that Wolff and his office were unaware of what was occurring.

For example, as the liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto resulted in rail transport bottlenecks, Wolff telephoned deputy Reich Minister of Transport Dr. Albert Ganzenmüller. In a later letter dated 13 August 1942, Wolff thanked Ganzenmüller for his assistance.

"I notice with particular pleasure your report that for 14 days a train has been going daily with members of the chosen people to Treblinka. I've made contact with the participating agencies, so that a smooth implementation of the entire action is ensured."

Further, Wolff would have received copies of all letters from SS officers, and his friends at that point included the organizer of "Operation Reinhard" Odilo Globocnik. Therefore, his later denial of knowledge of Holocaust activities may be plausible only at the detailed level of atrocities by the Nazi regime.


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  2. ^ SS: Roll of Infamy, Christopher Ailsby (1997)
  3. ^ "History of the SS", PBS Broadcasting, 1982
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