"The mission of the Gestapo expanded steadily as, from 1933 onward,
'political criminality' was given a much broader definition than ever
before and most forms of dissent and criticism were gradually
criminalized. The result was that more 'laws' or lawlike measures were
put on the books than ever."
Accusatory Practices: Denunciation in Modern European History, 1789-1989, 1997