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The following List of Gauleiters enumerates those who have held the German political rank of Gauleiter, most often associated with Nazi Germany.

  • Auslands-Organisation der NSDAP (NSDAP/AO)
    • Hans Nieland (1930 - 1933)
    • Ernst Wilhelm Bohle (1933 - 1945)
  • Gau Baden, Gauleiter:
    • Robert Heinrich Wagner (25. Mar. 1925 - May 1945)
  • Gau Bayerische Ostmark (Bavarian Eastern March) [Bayerische Ostmark was founded in 1933 when Oberfranken, Niederbayern & Oberpfalz merged. It was renamed Gau Bayreuth after its capital in 1943.] Gauleiter:
    • Hans Schemm (1933 - 1935)
  • Gau Berlin, Gauleiter:
    • Joseph Goebbels (1929 - 1945)
  • Gau Berlin - Brandenburg [Gau Berlin - Brandenburg was divided into Berlin & Brandenburg 1929.] Gauleiter:
    • Ernst Schlange (1925 - 1926)
    • Joseph Goebbels (1926 - 1929)
  • Gau Brandenburg (the historical nucleus of the Prussian kingdom) [Gau Brandenburg was made a part of Kurmark 1933.]Gauleiter:
    • Emil Holz (1929 - 1930)
    • Ernst Schlange (1930 - 1933)
  • Gau Danzig (Danzig; former free state, lost after the war to Poland, now Gdańsk) [Gau Danzig was known as Gau Danzig - Westpreussen after 1939.] Gauleiter:
    • Hans-Albert Hohnfeldt (1926 - 1928)
    • Walter Maaß (1928 - 1930)
    • Albert Forster (1930 - 1945)
  • Gau Düsseldorf [Gau Düsseldorf was founded in 1929 from the bezirk Bergisches - Land.] Gauleiter:
    • Friedrich Karl Florian (1929 - 1945)
  • Gau Essen, Gauleiter:
    • Josef Terboven (1928 - 1945)
      • Acting Gauleiter: Fritz Schlessmann (Apr. 1940 - May 1945)
  • Gau Franken (Franconia) [Gau Franken was founded in 1929 when Mittelfranken merged with the bezirk Nürnberg - Fürth.] Gauleiter:
    • Julius Streicher (1929 - 1940)
    • Hans Zimmermann (1940 - 1941)
    • Karl Holz (1942 - 1945)
      • Acting Gauleiter: Karl Holz (1940 - Apr. 1945)
  • Gau Halle - Merseburg, Gauleiter:
    • Walter Ernst (1925 - 1926)
    • Paul Hinkler (1926 - 1930)
    • Rudolf Jordan (1930 - 1937)
    • Joachim Albrecht Eggeling (1938 - 1945)
  • Gau Hamburg, Gauleiter: Joseph
    • Josef Klant (1925 - 1926)
    • Albert Krebs (1927 - 1928)
    • Hinrich Lohse (1928 - 1929)
    • Karl Kaufmann (1929 - 1945)
  • Gau Hannover - Nord [Gau Hannover - Nord became a part of Südhannover - Braunschweig 1928.], Gauleiter:
    • Bernhard Rust (1925 - 1928)
  • Gau Hannover - Sud [Gau Hannover - Sud became a part of Südhannover - Braunschweig 1928.] Gauleiter:
    • Ludolf Haase (1927 - 1928)
  • Gau Hessen - Darmstadt [Gau Hessen - Darmstadt became a part of Hessen - Nassau 1933], Gauleiter:
    • Friedrich Ringhausen (1927 - 1931)
    • Peter Gmeinder (1931)
    • Karl Benz (1932 - 1933)
  • Gau Hessen - Nassau [Gau Hessen - Nassau was founded 1933 when Hessen - Darmstadt merged with Hessen - Nassau - Sud.] Gauleiter:
    • Jakob Sprenger (1933 - 1945)
  • Gau Hessen - Nassau-Nord (Hesses- Northern Nassau) [Hessen - Nassau - Nord was known as Gau Kurhessen after 1934.] Gauleiter:
    • Walter Schultz (1926 - 1927)
    • Karl Weinrich (1927 - autumn 1943)
    • Acting Gauleiter: Karl Gerland (1944 - 1945)
  • Gau Hessen - Nassau-Süd (Hesse- Southern Nassau) [Gau Hessen - Nassau - Süd became a part of Hessen - Nassau 1933] Gauleiter:
    • Anton Haselmayer (1925 - 1926)
    • Walter Schultz (1926 - 1927)
    • Jakob Sprenger (1927 - 1933)
  • Gau Kärnten (Carinthia, in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Hubert Klausner (1939 - 1940)
    • Franz Kutschera (1940 - 1941)
    • Friedrich Rainer (1942 - 1944)
  • Gau Koblenz - Trier [Koblenz - Trier was renamed Gau Moselland in 1942.], Gauleiter:
    • Gustav Simon (1931 - 1945)
  • Gau Köln - Aachen (Cologne-Aachen)
    • Joseph Grohé (1931 - 1945)
  • Gau Kurmark (Elector's March) [Kurmark was founded in 1933 when Ostmark merged with Brandenburg. It was renamed Gau Mark Brandenburg in 1940.], Gauleiter:
    • Wilhelm Kube (1933 - 1936)
    • Emil Sturtz (1939 - 1945)
  • Gau Lüneburg - Stade, Gauleiter:
    • Otto Telschow (1925 - 1928)
  • Gau Magdeburg - Anhalt, Gauleiter:
    • Hermann Schmischke (1925 - 1928)
    • Wilhelm Friedrich Loeper (1927 - 1933)
    • Paul Hofmann (1933)
    • Wilhelm Friedrich Loeper (1934 - 1935)
    • Joachim Albrecht Eggeling (1935 - 1937)
    • Rudolf Jordan (1937 - 1945)
  • Gau Mecklenburg, Gauleiter:
    • Friedrich Hildebrandt (1925 - 1930)
    • Herbert Albrecht (1930 - 1931)
    • Friedrich Hildebrandt (1931 - 1945)
  • Gau Mittelfranken (Central Franconia) [Gau Mittelfranken became a part of Franken 1929.] Gauleiter:
    • Wilhelm Grimm (1928)
  • Gau Moselland - see Gau Koblenz - Trier
  • Gau München-Oberbayern (Munich - Upper Bavaria) [Gau München - Oberbayern was founded in 1933 when the bezirk Oberbayern & Gross - München (Greater Munich; the Bavarian capital was also the official capital of the Nazi movement) merged.], Gauleiter:
    • Adolf Wagner (1933 - 1944)
    • Paul Giesler (1944 - 1945)
  • Gau Niederbayern (Lower Bavaria) [Gau Niederbayern became a part of Bayerische Ostmark 1933.], Gauleiter:
    • Fritz Reinhardt (October 1928 - 1930)
    • Otto Ebersdobler (1930 - 1932)
  • Gau Niederbayern–Oberpfalz (Lower Bavaria - Upper Palatinate) [Gau Niederbayern - Oberpfalz was divided into Niederbayern & Oberpfalz 1929.], Gauleiter:
    • Gregor Strasser (1925 - 1929)
  • Gau Niederdonau (Lower Danube, i.e. Niederösterreich, in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Hugo Jury (1939 - 1945)
  • Gau Niederschlesien (Lower Silesia, split-off of Gau Schlesien; after the war lost to Poland), Gauleiter:
    • Karl Hanke (1940 - 1945)
  • ReichsGau Oberdonau (Upper Danube, i.e. Oberösterreich, in Austria) Gauleiter:
    • August Eigruber (1939 - 1945)
  • Gau Oberfranken (Upper Franconia) [Gau Oberfranken became a part of Bayerische Ostmark 1933.] Gauleiter:
    • Hans Schemm (1928 - 1933)
  • Gau Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) [Gau Oberpfalz became a part of Bayerische Ostmark 1933.] Gauleiter:
    • Franz Maierhofer (1929 - 1932)
  • Gau Oberschlesien (Upper Silesia, split-off of Gau Schlesien; after the war lost to Poland) Gauleiter:
    • Fritz Bracht (1940 - 1945)
  • Gau Osthannover (East Hannover), Gauleiter:
    • Otto Telschow (1925 - 1945)
  • Gau Ostmark, (Gau Ostmark was made a part of Gau Kurmark 1933.) Gauleiter:
    • Wilhelm Kube (1928 - 1933)
  • Gau Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Gauleiter:
    • Bruno Gustav Scherwitz (1925 - 1927)
    • Erich Koch (1928 - 1945)
  • Gau Pfalz–Saar [Gau Pfalz - Saar was founded in 1935 when Saarland & Rheinpfalz merged. It was renamed Saarpfalz in 1937 and finally Westmark 1942.] Gauleiter:
    • Josef Bürckel (1935 - 1944)
    • Willi Stöhr (1944 - 1945)
  • Gau Pommern (Pomerania; after the war mostly lost to Poland) Gauleiter:
    • Theodor Vahlen (1925 - 1927)
    • Walter von Corswant (1928 - 1931)
    • Wilhelm Karpenstein (1931 - 1934)
    • Franz Schwede-Coburg (1935 - 1945)
  • Gau Rheinland – Nord (Northern Rhineland) [Gau Rheinland - Nord became a part of Ruhr 1926.], Gauleiter:
    • Karl Kaufmann (1925 - 1926)
  • Gau Rheinland – Süd (Southern Rhenania) [Gau Rheinland - Sud was divided into Köln - Aachen & Koblenz - Trier 1931.], Gauleiter:
    • Heinz Haake (1925)
    • Robert Ley (1925 - 1931)
  • Gau Rheinpfalz [Gau Rheinpfalz became a part of Pfalz - Saar 1935.], Gauleiter:
    • Josef Bürckel (1926 - 1935)
  • Gau Ruhr [Gau Ruhr was divided into Westfalen - Nord & Westfalen - Sud 1932.], Gauleiter:
    • Karl Kaufmann (1926 - 1929)
    • Josef Wagner (1929 - 1931)
  • Gau Saarland [Gau Saarland became a part of Pfalz - Saar 1935.], Gauleiter:
    • Josef Bürckel (1933 - 1935)
  • Gau Sachsen (Saxony), Gauleiter:
    • Martin Mutschmann (1925 - 1945)
  • ReichsGau Salzburg (in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Friedrich Rainer (1939 - 1941)
    • Gustav Adolf Scheel (1941 - 1945)
  • Gau Schlesien [Gau Schlesien was divided into Niederschlesien & Oberschlesien, i.e. Lower- & Upper Silezia, 1940.], Gauleiter:
    • Helmut Bruckner (1925 - 12 December. 1934)
    • Josef Wagner (12 December. 1934 - 1940)
  • Gau Schleswig - Holstein, Gauleiter:
    • Hinrich Lohse (1925 - 1945)
  • Gau Schwaben (Swabia), Gauleiter:
    • Karl Wahl (1928 - 1945)
  • Gau Stadel (Bayern), Gauleiter:
    • Hans-Arnold Stadler (1944-1945) [See Thule Society.]
  • ReichsGau Steiermark (Styria, in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Siegfried Uiberreither (1939 - 1945)
  • ReichsGau Sudetengau (the ethnically German border regions of Czechoslovakia with Germany and Austria, separated from the puppet-state Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia) [Sudetengau was known as Gau Sudetenland after 1939.], Gauleiter:
    • Konrad Henlein (1939 - 1945)
  • Gau Sudhannover - Braunschweig (South Hannover - Brunswick) [Gau Sudhannover - Braunschweig was founded in 1928 when Hannover - Nord & Hannover - Sud merged.], Gauleiter:
    • Bernhard Rust (1928 - 1940)
    • Hartmann Lauterbacher (1940 - 1945)
  • Gau Thüringen (Thuringia), Gauleiter:
    • Artur Dinter (1925 - 1927)
    • Fritz Sauckel (1927 - 1945)
  • Gau Tirol (in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Franz Hofer (1932 - 1933)
  • ReichsGau Tirol - Vorarlberg (in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Franz Hofer (1938 - 1945)
  • Gau Unterfranken (Lower Franconia) [Unterfranken was known as Gau Mainfranken after 1935.], Gauleiter:
    • Otto Hellmuth (1928 - 1945)
  • Reichsgau Wartheland (named after the river; in Poland) [Wartheland was known as Warthegau before 1939.], Gauleiter:
    • Arthur Greiser (1939 - 1945)
  • Gau Weser - Ems, Gauleiter:
    • Karl Rover (1929 - 1942)
    • Paul Wegener (1942 - 1945)
  • Gau Westfalen [Gau Westfalen became a part of Ruhr in 1926], Gauleiter:
    • Franz Pfeffer von Salomon (1925 - 1926)
  • Gau Westfalen - Nord, Gauleiter:
    • Alfred Meyer (1932 - 1945)
  • Gau Westfalen - Sud, Gauleiter:
    • Josef Wagner (1932 - 1941)
    • Paul Giesler (1941 - 1943)
    • Albert Hoffmann (19 June. 1943 - May 1945)
  • Gau Wien (Vienna, in Austria), Gauleiter:
    • Odilo Globocnik (1938 - 1939)
    • Josef Bürckel (1939 - 1940)
    • Baldur von Schirach (Aug. 1940 - May 1945)
  • Gau Württemberg - Hohenzollern, Gauleiter:
    • Eugen Munder (1925 - 1928)
    • Wilhelm Murr (1928 – 1945)

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