It was founded in 1925 and was used for Aldof Hiltler's personal bodyguard. It later became known as the most powerful and feared organization in all Nazi Germany. Heinrich Himmler later became became the leader of SchutzStaffel (SS). It quickly expanded and recruits had to prove that no ancestor was Jewish and would receive milatrary training. By World War II more than 250,000 members had multiple subdivisions, activities in intelligence and running.