Administration of Danzig-West Prussia 1939-1945

Danzig district / Regierungsbezirk Danzig

In 1939 the Free City of Danzig
Free City of Danzig
The Free City of Danzig was a semi-autonomous city-state that existed between 1920 and 1939, consisting of the Baltic Sea port of Danzig and surrounding areas....

 was annexed to Germany.
After a brief transitional period, its territory became part of the restored
Regierungsbezirk Danzig in the Reichsgau Danzig-Westpreussen ( the restored
Prussian Province of West Prussia
West Prussia
West Prussia was a province of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1773–1824 and 1878–1919/20 which was created out of the earlier Polish province of Royal Prussia...

) and was divided over nine counties (Kreise):
  • Berent County
  • Danzig-Land (Rural) County
  • Danzig-Stadt City County
  • Dirschau County
  • Elbing-Land (Rural) County
  • Grosses Werder County
  • Karthaus County
  • Neustadt County
  • Zoppot City County (detached from Neustadt County)

Governing Presidents/Regierungspräsidenten:
  • 1940–1943 – Fritz Hermann
  • 1943–1945 – Albert Forster
    Albert Forster
    Albert Maria Forster was a Nazi German politician. Under his administration as the Gauleiter of Danzig-West Prussia during the Second World War, the local non-German population suffered ethnic cleansing, mass murder, and forceful Germanisation...

As NSDAP party leader of Danzig, Albert Forster became leader of Civil Administration in Danzig in 1939 and remained the most powerful politician of this area until 1945.


A Danziger Gau of the German N.S.D.A.P. – with Albert Forster (s.a.) as Gauleiter since 1930 – was established in 1926. The party came into power after the elections of 1933, becoming the only legal party in 1937. After the annexation of the territory to Germany the Gau also incorporated annexed Polish territories and was renamed Danzig-Westpreussen. The territory of the former Free City was divided into (Party) Kreise, which were – with a few exceptions – nearly the same as the administrative Kreise.
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