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|Gau of Nazi Germany|
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subdivisions (Gaue and Reichsgaue).
|•||1940–1942 (acting)||Hans Zimmermann|
|•||Establishment||30 January 1933|
|•||Disestablishment||8 May 1945|
|•||17 May 1939||1,065,122|
|Today part of||Germany|
Gau Franconia (German: Gau Franken) was an administrative division of Nazi Germany in Middle Franconia, Bavaria, from 1933 to 1945. From 1926 to 1933, it was the regional subdivision of the Nazi Party for this area.
The Gau was established in 1929 under the leadership of Julius Streicher, who was then Gauleiter of the Gau Nürnberg-Fürth.
Streicher was disgraced in 1940 but no new Gauleiter was appointed until November 1944, when Karl Holz took the post.
- Julius Streicher: 1929 to 16 February 1940
- Hans Zimmermann: 16 February 1940 to 4 April 1942, acting
- Karl Holz: 19 March 1942 to 20 April 1945, acting until November 1944
- (German) Shoa.de - List of Gaue and Gauleiter
- (German) Die NS Gaue at the Deutsches Historisches Museum website.
- (German) Die Gaue der NSDAP
- Bayrisches Landesamt für Statistik, accessed 26 June 2008.