An article by Lucas Dié
In 1938, Germany’s Nazi regime outlawed the German Order and requisitioned all its possessions. Austria followed suit the same year. But this requisitioning of goods was only the last act in a long story of misappropriation of the order’s history to suit Nazi ideals.
The Teutonic Knights were a church order established in 1198 as a consequence of the Third Crusade and the disastrous Emperor’s Crusade which followed. The order’s membership was limited to knights and exclusively German knights at that. The order took over the rules of the Knights Templar for its military arm and the rules of the Order of St. John for its charitable works until it worked out its own rules a hundred years later.
Dissolution of The Teutonic Knights by The Nazis | Socyberty