Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives


Adolf Hitler and Ernst Röhm shortly before the 'Night of the Long Knives', June 30, 1934. 
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Adolf Hitler and Ernst Röhm shortly before the 'Night of the Long Knives', June 30, 1934. Photo 12 / UIG via Getty Images

Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler, who was at the time the Nazi Party Leader and Reich Chancellor, directed an action which eliminated all of his political enemies and enabled him to declare himself Fuhrer.

Holly's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: show notes, wwii, World War I, 20th century, wwi, nazis, German history, European history, World War II, figurative witch hunts