Chilling.At least 85 people died during the purge, although the final death toll may have been in the hundreds, with high estimates running from 700 to 1,000. More than a thousand perceived opponents were arrested. The purge strengthened and consolidated the support of the Wehrmacht for Hitler.
Make no mistake, the SA was as bad or worse than the Wehrmacht. Ernst Rohm was every bit the psychopath Himmler was and that is what the Night of the Long Knives came down to - the dismantling of the SA from top to bottom and Himmler's understanding that the SA was too powerful and had to be eliminated for him to be a top dog. Unfortunately for Rohm, he didn't know it was happening until it was too late.
Hitler searched for a way to save Rohm but there was no way out, Hitler's hand was forced. So the analogy really isn't accurate. Hitler began as an SA, he was a brown shirt, they all did really. Himmler ran the Gestapo and by eliminating the SA Himmler became more powerful.
I think we could safely say Hitler and Trump both had a dysfunctional management style in common.
Himmler, Goering, and Goebbels all had good reason to fear Rohnn and his SA. Rohnn however, had no ability to scheme and connive for power, he was dead set loyal to his Fuhrer and did more to put him in position than any of the others. Rohnn was a very good soldier, more so than any of the crew that would end up running things with the possible exception of Heydrich, but he never even saw the possibility of Hitler not returning his loyalty. The swiftness and efficiency of the Night of Long Knives is the remarkable part of the story. And that was all Himmler, and some Heydrich.
- Supporter in 2019
- For the Love of Pigs
Speer was photographed with slave laborers at Mauthausen concentration camp in 1942. Taylor writes had the photo been available at the Nuremberg trials he would have been hanged. In 2005, The Daily Telegraph reported that documents had surfaced indicating that Speer had approved the allocation of materials for the expansion of Auschwitz concentration camp after two of his assistants inspected the facility on a day when almost a thousand Jews were massacred. Heinrich Breloer, discussing the construction of Auschwitz, said Speer was not just a cog in the work—he was the "terror itself".
Speer denied being present at the Posen speeches to Nazi leaders at a conference in Posen (Poznan) on October 6, 1943. Himmler said during his speech, "The grave decision had to be taken to cause this people to vanish from the earth"., and later, "The Jews must be exterminated". Speer is mentioned several times in the speech, and Himmler addresses him directly. In 2007, The Guardian reported that a letter from Speer dated December 23, 1971, had been found in a collection of his correspondence with Hélène Jeanty, the widow of a Belgian resistance fighter. In the letter, Speer says, "There is no doubt—I was present as Himmler announced on October 6, 1943, that all Jews would be killed."[
- Supporter in 2019
“This is a president declaring himself above the law”: A former ethics chief on Trump’s dangerous new era
"Trump implicitly linked the possible end of punitive travel restrictions the federal government took against citizens of New York with the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) doing favors for him, including ending investigations of his finances. In short, he attempted an extortionate quid pro quo, right out in public."
Show me a Democrat in recent times who has had such blatant disregard for the law, our Constitution, and the American people.
Trump's new head of Intelligence is unqualified, but that's not the only reason he's dangerous
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/2/22/1920848/-Trump-s- ... -s-dangerous
Trump doesn't want the American public to know that Russia is trying to get him elected. He will do anything to win the election. Very angry about the House Intelligence Committee's briefing on interference.