In The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, what was the German secret police called?

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The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is a true story of determination against the most terrible odds and how Corrie's own family - not Jewish - was affected by the actions of Germany, after Holland was invaded during World War II. People had thought that Germany would "keep us neutral" (ch 1) but Corrie's father believes that "there will be war" and before long Holland is an occupied country. The local police must report to the German Commandant and gradually animosity towards Jews grows. What started out as the odd brick thrown through a window of a Jewish-owned shop becomes more intense as some shop owners refuse to serve Jews, they cannot enter local parks or even the library. The Jews become easily recognizable by their six-point stars that are sewn into their clothing.

The worst thing that Corrie and her family notice is the disappearance of familiar faces. Corrie's father is a watchmaker and watches, brought in for repair are never collected as the Gestapo - the German Secret police- continually "spirit away" Jews or some Jews manage to go into hiding. Corrie will soon become involved in the underground movement.   

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