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Night Of The Long Knives

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Night Of The Long Knives Through this in depth study of the event named "night of the long knives" I will discuss 6 main topics, these being : * When it happened * What happened * Why it happened * Why Hitler got away with it * Who was involved * And, the significance of the event When The main bulk of this terrible incident occurred on the 29th June 1934, there has always been speculation to smaller less important events taking place after this time, but no-one is clear as to what exactly. What Under Hitler's orders the SS were sent out on the night of the 29th June with specific orders. The SS sneaked up into a small area known as Bad Weisse, in a hotel there the SA leaders and generals were settling down for the night unaware of the danger. The SS stormed the hotel and took the dazed and unexpecting SA members from their beds dragging them into transport and taking them back to Nazi headquarters. Other raids similar to this one had also been arranged by Hitler on the same night, SA supporters or leaders like Ernest Rohm, Gregor Strasser, Gustav Von Kahr and Schleicher were also taken from their beds and bundled into vans heading for Nazi Headquarters. ...read more.

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Why Hitler got away with it First of all many Germans didn't even consider Hitler to have gotten away with anything. They saw him as a courageous daring leader willing to be ruthless for the good of his Country. When Hitler ordered the "night of the long knives" many people even saw it as a representation of common opinion, and that Hitler was not acting upon his own instinct but upon the call of millions of German citizens. The people that condemned Hitler were less fortunate in expressing their opinions, many dared not say what they thought of the horrific events that were taking place before their eyes. Therefore the second and simplest reason as to why Hitler could get away with the brutal murder of many of his former comrades was that he was the Fuhrer. He was the single most powerful man in Germany. People knew not to badmouth Hitler, and negative propaganda was completely out of the question. Even politicians weren't safe once they had shared a negative opinion of Hitler or the Nazi's. Ignoring politics and Hitler's ability to abuse his supreme position, the Nazi's were the most formidable and intimidating force a man could have stand behind him. ...read more.

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Hitler had silenced any further threat from the conservative point of view by doing this. * Edgar Jung, associate of Papen's who wrote a report condemning Hitler's constant abuse of his position. Murdered during the night of the long knives for his opinions. The significance of Hitler getting away with it Positive for Hitler * Hitler gained acceptance of murdering his opponents. * Hitler gained the loyalty of the army (the army had always despised the influence of the SA and wanted to have sole control of Germany's forces). * He silenced his conservative critics. * He had eliminated the threat of the SA. * Gained ultimate control and loyalty of the SS. * He was now seen as the people's representation, acting upon their wishes. * Seen as a fearless leader willing to risk it all for Germany's good. * Hitler's opponents would always fear him now, especially seeing as they now knew he could get away with it. Negative for Hitler * Many people's thoughts that Hitler was a ruthless criminal were now realized. * Germany was now seen as a terror state. * Hitler's opponents knew their was no way of standing up to him as he had basically legalized murder of his enemies. ...read more.

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