Reichsgau Steiermark

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Reichsgau Steiermark
Reichsgau of Nazi Germany





Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Reichsgau Steiermark
Map of Nazi Germany showing its administrative
subdivisions (Gaue and Reichsgaue).
Capital Graz
 •  1938–1945 Siegfried Uiberreither
 •  Anschluss 12 March 1938
 •  German surrender 8 May 1945
 •  1938 1,116,539 
Today part of  Austria

The Reichsgau Steiermark (English: Gau Styria) was an administrative division of Nazi Germany consisting of areas in Styria, Lower Styria and southern parts of Burgenland. It existed from 1938 to 1945.


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. In March 1938 Nazi Germany annexed Austria, with the latter being sub-divided into Reichsgaue.[1][2]

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. Local Gauleiter were in charge of propaganda and surveillance and, from September 1944 onwards, the Volkssturm and the defence of the Gau.[1][3]

The position of Gauleiter in Steiermark was held by Siegfried Uiberreither throughout the Reichsgau's history from 1938 to 1945.[4][5]


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