NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES Hitler’s Excision of Rohm’s SA Brownshirts 30 June- 2 July 1934

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From June 30 to July 2, 1934 Chancellor Adolf Hitler, urged on by Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler, ordered a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate his power and alleviate the concerns of the German military about the role of Ernst Röhm and the Sturmabteilung a cull that eliminated somewhere between 300 and a thousand victims, the exact number has never been clear, many of them innocent of any intention to rival Hitler. It remains one of the most significant killings of modern times.

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