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The Early Career Of Bavaria'S Postwar Police Chief And The Origins Of The Modern Bavarian Policing Tradition

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The complex role played by the Landespolizei in the political forces at play in interwar Bavaria was in turn but another chapter in the longer history of an authoritarian policing tradition coeval with the emergence of modern Bavaria itself. An examination of the nineteenth-century origins of the modern Bavarian policing tradition provides a useful backdrop against which to set the personal story of Michael von Godin’s early career in the Landespolizei right after the First World War. According to some accounts, Godin became an actual Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent working for the Americans in the German exile community during this period and perhaps after the war, as there would later be rumors that he also worked for the Swiss and cooperated after 1945 with French agents who were abetting Bavarian separatist movements.

Keywords: Bavarian separatist movements; German exile community; Landespolizei; Michael von Godin; modern Bavarian policing tradition; Office of Strategic Services (OSS)



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