Gau Hesse-Nassau

Gau Hesse-Nassau
Gau of Nazi Germany




Capital Frankfurt
  19271945 Jakob Sprenger
  Establishment 1927
  Disestablishment 8 May 1945
Today part of  Germany

The Gau Hesse-Nassau (German: Gau Hessen-Nassau) was an administrative division of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 in the People's State of Hesse and the southern parts of the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau. Before that, from 1927 to 1933, it was the regional subdivision of the Nazi Party in that area.


The Nazi Gau (plural Gaue) system was originally established in a party conference on 22 May 1926, in order to improve administration of the party structure. From 1933 onwards, after the Nazi seizure of power, the Gaue increasingly replaced the German states as administrative subdivisions in Germany.[1]

At the head of each Gau stood a Gauleiter, a position which became increasingly more powerful, especially after the outbreak of the Second World War, with little interference from above. Local Gauleiter often held government positions as well as party ones and were in charge of, among other things, propaganda and surveillance and, from September 1944 onward, the Volkssturm and the defense of the Gau.[1][2]

The position of Gauleiter in Hesse-Nassau was held by Jakob Sprenger throughout the history of the Gau.[3][4] Sprenger and his wife committed suicide in Tyrol on 8 May 1945, where they had gone into hiding.[5]


  1. 1 2 "Die NS-Gaue" [The Nazi Gaue]. (in German). Deutsches Historisches Museum. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. "The Organization of the Nazi Party & State". The Nizkor Project. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. "Übersicht der NSDAP-Gaue, der Gauleiter und der Stellvertretenden Gauleiter zwischen 1933 und 1945" [Overview of Nazi Gaue, the Gauleiter and assistant Gauleiter from 1933 to 1945]. (in German). Zukunft braucht Erinnerung. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. "Gau Hesse-Nassau". (in German). Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. Goeschel, Christian (2009). Suicide in Nazi Germany. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199532568.

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