Reich Main Security Office

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The Reich Main Security Office (German: Reichssicherheitshauptamt, RSHA), was a subordinate organization of the SS.

The RSHA was created by Heinrich Himmler in 1939, through the merger of the NSDAP's Sicherheitsdienst (SD; SS intelligence service) with the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo; "Security Police"). The Sicherheitspolizei was composed of the Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo; "Secret State Police") and the Kriminalpolizei (Kripo; "Criminal Police").

The first director of the RSHA was Reinhard Heydrich, who led the organization until his assassination on June 4, 1942 in Prague. Ernst Kaltenbrunner replaced him for the remainder of World War II.

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