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Night of the Long Knives
Nazi purge of any political people that would stand against Hitler. Many of the people murdered were members of the SA or brown shirts that got Hitler into power in the first place.
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George Bell was working with Fritz Gerlich and found out of a coup plot against Hitler. When Gerlich was arrested and put into Dachau concentration camp Bell fled to Austria. Julius Uhl was the hitman of the coup plot. He was going to be the gun man that would shoot Hitler. Uhl followed Bell to Austria and killed him so that word of the conspiracy would not get out.
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Being one of Hitlers main detractors he was one of the first to goto the concentration camp when Hitler took power. He stayed in the camp until he was murdered by the Nazis.
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Just a week before the Night of the Long Knives Göbbels had meetings with SA leader Ernst Rohm. It is unclear what these meetings were about but researcher Paul R. Maracin suggests that this could have been Göbbels trying to position him self to be on the winning side forseeing the coming battle between Hitler and Rohm.
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In the early morning SA leader Ernst Rohm was arrested by Hitler as part of Operation Hummingbird. Hitler had told Rohm to arrange a gathering of the top SA members for a dinner that night, but instead Hitler showed up early that morning while they were still in their hotel beds and arrested them.
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Schneidhuber the Munich Chief of Police was taken into custody where Hitler told him he was a traitor and removed his rank.
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Top leaders of the SA has received telegrams from Ernst Rohm telling them to come to a dinner where Hitler would address the leaders with important business. As the SA officers arrived for the dinner Hitler was there with the SS and arrested them all.
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Around 10am Hitler arrives at the SA headquarters the Brown House. Now that Hitler had rounded up the heads of the SA that could rally the underlings of the group against Hitler he made a call to Göbbels to announce the go ahead to begin murdering the rest of the people on the Nazi’s hit list.
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Hans Frank was given the order to put all captured SA officers in the prison to death. He objected to the executions with out paperwork. Sepp Dietrich put Frank on the phone with Hess and Hitler who quickly persuaded him otherwise.

Dietrich proceeded to walk the through the prison doors telling each of the SA officers that Hitler had declared them traitors and they were to be executed. The were walked out one by one where they were killed by firing squad. They knew many of these people and knew they were at least innocent of the made up charges of high treason but they carried out the killings all the same. Murdered in this manor were:

Edmund Heines
August Schneidhuber
-more to come
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Around 150 SA leaders that were either captured at their homes or arrested at the Brown House headquarters where taken to Lichterfeld Barracks and put into a cellar. Four at a time they were called out, had their shirts taken off, had red circle targets drawn on the heart area of their chest and shot. The wall behind the the soldiers caked up with blood and gore. It became so disgusting that the men of the firing squad had to be relieved by others because the sight was so horrifying.



People murdered:



Karl Ernst

Captain Gehrt - SA
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Two SS hitmen came to Klausener in his office. He was told that he was under arrest, but when he arose from his seat the SS men shot him. One of the SS men Kurt Gildisch put the murder weapon in Klausener’s hand to pass the murder off as a suicide.

Klausener made the Night of the Long Knives hit list for his help in writing the pro-brotherly love pro-free speech address delivered by von Papen two weeks earlier.
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For his help in writing the anti-Nazi, pro-free speech, pro-brotherly love speech delivered by van Papen two weeks before von Bose was shot (reportedly eleven times) in his political office by the SS.
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Strasser is placed under arrest in front of his family, and taken to a local jail. There the SS men that arrested him placed him in a cell where they began shooting him. A major artery was ruptured and he bled out

Heydrich was at the prison watching it happen where he made a snide comment about letting the pig bleed to death.
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Led by von Schleicher’s un-witting step-daughter five SS men were taken to the study of von Schleicher where he and his wife sat. Once the SS confirmed his identity they murdered him and his wife.

This was in retaliation to his attempt to destabilize the Nazi party by giving a cabinet position to Gregor Strasser instead of Hitler several years earlier.
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After leaving a cafe in which his waiter was a Gestapo spy, the spy called the SS who in turn were waiting for von Bredow when he arrived home where they gunned him down at the entrance to his home.
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Gustav von Kahr who was the key witness against Hitler during the Beer Hall Putsch trial made the list for the Night of the Long knives. His body was found cut up and mutilated in Dachau swamp.
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Bernhard Stempfle a priest and personal friend of Hitler was found in a forest outside of Harlaching with his neck broke and shot in the heart area of the chest three times.

He knew about Hitler’s incestuous affair with his niece Geli, and the coprophilic fetish Hitler had with the girl.
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Wilhelm Schmidt was arrested by the Nazi SS and taken from his home. The arrest was a mistake because Wilhelm had similar name to one of Otto Strasser’s friends. That did not stop the Nazi SS from mutilating and murdering him. When he was returned to the family the Nazis did so in a coffin and ordered the family that they could not open it to look at his corpse.
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The afternoon after the Night of the Long Knives murders had began Göring held a press conference where he stated that the uprising against the German government led by SA leader Ernst Rohm was put down.

He also announced that Kurt von Schleicher was part of the coup and was shot when he resisted arrest which was a lie (they also shot von Schleicher’s wife who was a witness).
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Gerlich who was a outspoken reporter that was apposed to the Nazi party and Hitler was murdered in the Night of the Long Knives
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Poor fund operator murdered by the Nazis in the Night of the Long Knives.
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For being Gregor Strasser’s lawyer Gerd Voss was murdered.
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For writing an unflattering book about the Nazi party was murdered in the Night of the Long Knives.
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Nazis murdered Karl Heinsoth who was a homosexual friend of Rohm. They had exchanged homo-erotic letters when Rohm had went to Bolivia.
Herr Glaser 1934-06-30
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Political enemy of Hans Frank is murdered during Night of the Long Knives.
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Ramshorn was a SA officer murdered by the Nazis.
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Schragmuller who was the Chief of Police in Magdeburg was murdered by the Nazis.
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Erwin Villain who had inside information about the Reichstag fire was murdered by the Nazis.
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When the SS came for Strasser in his home he had already left. He had foreseen what was coming and had left Germany to Vienna, Austria where he was living under the assumed name Franz Baumann.
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Adenauer was a neighbor of Kurt von Schleicher. He was in his yard when the SS went into von Schleicher’s home and murdered him. The Gestapo invaded Adenauer’s property and arrested him because he was a witness to gun shots fired in the von Schleicher’s household. He was released two days later when he began living in hiding until arrested later by the Nazis.
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Jung had helped in the writing of von Papen’s speech about free speech and brotherly love. Since it was mainly a knock against the Nazi power grab Jung made the hit list for the Night of the Long Knives. His apartment was raided while he was abducted and shot.
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Rohm was kept in his cell at Stadelheim prison for a couple of days after the initial arrest. Finally on July 1st a gun with a single bullet was placed in his cell and he was told he had ten minutes to shoot himself before the guards did it for him - to which he replied that if Hitler wanted him dead he could come and shoot him himself.
After the alloted time was up Michael Lippert and Theodor Eicke returned to the cell where they unloaded their revolvers into Rohm whom was standing bear-chested in defiance.
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Julius Uhl who was involved in actual conspiracies against Hitler was arrested, taken to Dachau concentration camp and shot.
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Göring and Himmler sent a message to all SS and Gestapo involved in the Night of the Long Knives murdering spree stating “All documents concerning the action of the last two days are to be burned, on orders from above”.
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Following the weekend of the Long Knives where an unknown number of people were murdered the cabinet rubber stamps the murders as “essential measures for national defense”
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The postwar government of Germany was not happy about the early release of Dietrich. So they decided to arrest the pair and put them on trial for the murders they helped commit the weekend of operation Hummingbird.