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Reichsgau Sudetenland

Reichsgau Sudetenland
Gau of Nazi Germany

1939–1945
Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Reichsgau Sudetenland
Map of Nazi Germany showing its administrative
subdivisions (Gaue and Reichsgaue).
Capital Reichenberg
Reichsstatthalter
 •  1939–1944 Konrad Henlein
History
 •  Munich Agreement 30 September 1938
 •  Reichsgau established 15 April 1939
 •  German Instrument of Surrender 8 May 1945
Today part of  Czech Republic

The Reichsgau Sudetenland was an administrative division of Nazi Germany from 1939 to 1945. It comprised the northern part of the Sudetenland territory, which was annexed from Czechoslovakia according to the 1938 Munich Agreement. The Reichsgau was headed by the Sudeten German activist Konrad Henlein in the rank of a Reichsstatthalter. The adminstrative capital was Reichenberg (Liberec).

History

In the course of the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, on 30 September 1938 the Heads of Governemnt of the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany signed the Munich Agreement, which enforced the cession of the Sudetenland to Germany. Czechoslovak representatives were not invited. On 1 October, invading Wehrmacht forces occupied the territory. The new Czechoslovak-German borders were officially fixed in a treaty on 21 November 1938. In consequence, the Czechoslovak Republic lost about one third of its population, its most important industrial area, and also its extended border fortifications.

Initially, the German Army (Heer) established a civil administration under occupational law. On 1 October 1938, Konrad Henlein was appointed Reichskommissar of Sudetenland; however he did not assume power until 20 October. The Sudeten German Party was merged into the Nazi Party, all other political parties were banned. The Czech population had to accept German citzenship or were expelled and forcibly relocated to the Czechsolovak rump state, which itself from March 1939 was occupied by Germany and incorporated as "Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia".

The Reichsgau was established by law of 25 March 1939, with effect from 15 April. The administrative structure was fixed on May 1. Smaller areas in the east, suchas the Hlučín Region, were ceded to the Prussian Province of Silesia, while the western and southern Sudentenland territories were attached to the Bavarian Gau Bayreuth as well as to the Austrian Reichsgaue Oberdonau and Niederdonau.

After Germany's defeat in World War II, the Czechoslovak state was re-established and the Sudeten German population was expelled.

Gauleiter

Administration

Administrative divisions

The Reichsgau Sudetenland was divided into three Regierungsbezirke. These were subdivided into 58 districts (Kreise), largely corresponding to the former Czechoslovak okresy:

Regierungsbezirk Aussig

President:

Urban districts

  1. Aussig
  2. Reichenberg

Rural districts

  1. Aussig
  2. Bilin
  3. Böhmisch Leipa
  4. Braunau
  5. Brüx
  6. Dauba
  7. Deutsch Gabel
  8. Dux
  9. Friedland (Isergebirge)
  10. Gablonz an der Neiße
  11. Hohenelbe
  12. Komotau
  13. Leitmeritz
  14. Reichenberg
  15. Rumburg
  16. Schluckenau
  17. Teplitz-Schönau
  18. Tetschen-Bodenbach
  19. Trautenau
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