Warsaw Orpo HQ


In a building in central Warsaw, the German Order Police (ORPO) had its headquarters in occupied Poland. Orpo was the uniformed police officer in Germany and when Himmler was appointed Germany’s chief police officer in June 1936, Orpo was incorporated into the SS. Their green uniforms gave them the nickname the Green police. As part of the SS, Orpo inevitably became involved in the Nazi war crimes committed during the war. Orpo participated, among other things, in raids against Jews and perhaps above all through his participation in mass executions of Jews in eastern Europe. During the Warsaw uprising of 1944, Orpo participated in the fighting against the Polish rebels.

Current status: Preserved with memorial tablet (2022).

Location: 52°13' 04.12" N 20°59' 02.84" E

Get there: Tram.

My comment:

Among all the Warsaw sites linked to the Second World War and the suffering that Poland was subjected to, this is relatively unknown. One reason is probably that Orpo is not emotive charged as  Gestapo. On a facade there is a small memorial tablet for prisoners who were tortured and perhaps even murdered in the cells that existed.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).