What America Can Learn From The “Night Of Long Knives”
by Pamela J. Adams
During the 1933 German revolution, the Nazi Party’s working-class military faction, called the SA (Sturmabteilung), was largely credited for bringing them victory. This group, also known as Storm Troopers, quickly became nothing more than state backed bullies. They intimidated, vandalized, brutalized and in some cases killed, all in the name of “social justice.” Hitler used this angry, revengeful citizen army to bring himself to power. However, when they started threatening his control, he eliminated them.
Led by Ernst Röhm, the SA considered themselves the “people’s army” and were dubbed “Brown Shirts” due to their uniform. Hitler used these Storm Troopers to sew the seeds of discord between all the German political parties. Promising to reform Germany, he agreed the SA would be the new army.
With a crowded political arena, Hitler’s focus on nationalism separated the National Socialist Party from the Communists, which craved globalism, despite both ideologies striving towards the same goal. His position gained enough support to give the Nazis political control with less than 44% of the vote.
Under socialism, Röhm and the SA wanted to rob the rich of their wealth and spread it around to the working class. Yet their dreams were dashed in February of 1934 when Hitler informed Röhm the SA would in fact not be the military force in Germany. Immediately after the meeting, Röhm declared, “Hitler is a traitor, and at the very least must go on leave...If we can't get there with him, we'll get there without him.” He promoted a second revolution in a speech two months later, proclaiming, “The SA is the National Socialist Revolution!”
As Chancellor, Hitler still answered to President Paul von Hindenburg. Therefore, he had to strategically obtain dictatorial power. In 1923, the Nazi “Beer Hall Putsch” tried to overthrow the German government by force, which ended in defeat and Hitler in prison. While there he wrote Mein Kaumf, where he strategized how to win power with the people. Never letting a crisis go to waste, he just had to wait for the perfect moment to seize all power, ending German democracy.
The friction between Hitler and the SA was quickly threatening the power of the Third Reich altogether. Financial backers, as well as predominate members of society, did not like Röhm’s all out push for socialism. Military leaders balked at Röhm’s promotion of overthrowing the army and dissolving it into the SA.
Hitler scheduled another meeting with Röhm where it was decided that Röhm would take a “personal illness” leave while the four million SA Storm Troopers would stand down for the month of July. However, Röhm’s call for socialism had already taken strong root. In addition, President Hindenburg was ready to declare martial law, which would have eradicated all of Hitler’s power grabs thus far.
Linked to but separate from the SA was a smaller, extremely disciplined group called the SS (Schutzstaffel), led by Heinrich Himmler. He, along with Reinhard Heydrich, Joseph Goebbles, and Hermann Göring, saw Röhm’s weakness. They propagandized his downfall for their own political gain, exaggerating the threat of an SA coup while building up their own SS police force. This convinced Hitler that Röhm needed to be eliminated.
On the morning of June 30, 1934, Hitler and several SS men stormed Röhm’s home and arrested him. He then gave the signal for the SS and the Gestapo, Hitler’s secret state police unit, to begin rounding up their predetermined list of political adversaries. The list was composed of those not only working with Röhm and his SA loyalists, but anyone who opposed or threatened the Nazi takeover.
In prison, Röhm was given a gun and 15 minutes to end his own life. He refused saying, “If I am to be killed let Adolf do it himself.” With that, two SS officers entered the room and shot him point blank. The other high-ranking SA officers were told, “You have been condemned to death by the Führer for high treason. Heil Hitler!” Over a 48-hour period, an estimated two hundred SA officials were lined against a wall, with the last words they heard being, "By order of the Führer. Aim. Fire!"
Röhm, along with several other SA commanders, were also known homosexuals. While many Nazi sympathizers disliked this, Hitler overlooked it for his own personal gain. Once the SA “cleansing” occurred, Hitler used the leaders’ homosexuality as reason for their necessary demise.
The events of June 30th – July 2nd were kept hidden from the German people until July 13th, when Hitler announced that 61 SA members had been purged with 13 shot while resisting arrest and 3 supposedly to have committed suicide. It was here Hitler also designated it the “Night of the Long Knives.” He explained in his speech, “In this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people, and thereby I become the supreme judge of the German people. I gave the order to shoot the ringleaders in this treason.”
Hitler admitted he illegally circumvented the courts, appointing himself judge and jury of his victims and ordering their deaths, which I discussed in last month’s article. He told the citizens he had a pen and a phone and could get things done, regardless of law, claiming it was “for the good of the people.” The people cheered. The president praised him. Germany’s democracy died.
In light of America’s recent events, are there any warning signs here?
On the campaign trail in 2008, former President Barack Obama promised a “Civilian National Security Force” that would be “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military.” He was unable to achieve this during his administration, but many who share his radical ideology are calling for it now. In the wake of the recent riots, avowed “Democrat” Socialists are now demanding we “defund the police” with cities like Minneapolis, New York City, and Los Angeles already doing it. Minneapolis promises to actually dismantle their police department and replace it with some sort of “public safety” citizen force, but they don't know what that it yet. Sturmabteilung, anyone?
To stop the violence, looting, and barbarity of the rioters, President Donald J. Trump threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act. Instead of finding comfort in help for their cities, Democrat mayors and leaders denounced Trump’s call for law and order, similar to Hitler’s rejection of his president imposing martial law. Instead, Democrat leaders forgave the rioters for burning down their cities. In addition, they fully support the professional agitator group, Antifa, even as evidence mounts of their involvement in the violence.
With Antifa back behind the scenes, Black Lives Matter (BLM) now call to not only defund, but to physically eliminate, police officers, legitimately leading one to wonder if we are not far from our own “Night of the Long Knives?” Along with Antifa, BLM is openly calling for a violent revolution and the overthrow of America. Their beliefs page calls to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” as well as destroying the heterosexual and cisgender civilization, replacing it with an LGBTQ+ community utopia. The African-American community has always been extremely religious and typically rejects such a focus, so do those supporting BLM really know what the organization's true agenda is? Once the dust settles and the truth comes out, will the people call for order again? Will BLM and Antifa be disposed of like Röhm and the SA after the Democrats use them to get into power and form their own law enforcement units, using their beliefs as an excuse for their elimination?
History doesn’t fully repeat, but it sure does rhyme. Hitler did not start out executing Jews. He worked his way up, grabbing power whenever he could. The people were so distraught they even cheered it. As people on the left call for the annihilation of Trump supporters just because they disagree, is it not reasonable to wonder if are we not quickly approaching a similar period in time?
BLM protesters demand police officers and whites kneel, yet one African-American officer refused, stating to the nation what we all need to hear. As pressure mounted amongst cries to take a knee to respect the black community, Georgia State Trooper O'Neal Saddler stated, “I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.” From the crowd, one added, “And that's God,” to which Saddler agreed. With responses of “thank you,” the crowd accepted Saddler’s witness, one we should all emulate.
America, we are at a precipice and there is only one way we need to go to save our nation from tumbling down the cliff. We must turn our hearts and minds back to God and get on bended knee in prayer. God promises, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Notice God does not call for all to turn to Him, but He seeks His people to be the light. Even one with the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. Stay calm, do not become distraught, take a knee to God, and let’s change the world!
But that’s just my 2 cents.
About the Author
Pamela J. Adams was a high school math teacher in an inner city school system but her passion is research and history. Pam has authored several genealogy books along with compilations of her historical blogs, Liberating Letters, which she maintains at her website TheFactsPaper.com. You can find more details about her books on her Amazon Page.
You can follow her current blogs at her Liberating Letters Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon accounts. Her desire is to provide a tool for teachers, parents, grandparents, and citizens to preserve and pass on America's rich history to students, family, and all people who love freedom and liberty. Pamela was also a contributing writer to Constitution.com before joining Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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