The Night of the Long Knives

            Another central aspect of this internal political change was undoubtedly the Night of the Long Knives, on the 30thof June 1934. This was an internal purge of members of the SA, as Hitler saw them as, in short, too independent. SS men shot around 400 people, including Ernst Röhm, the leader of the SA, and several other senior members. This asserted Hitler’s power within the Party, making the Nazi Party inevitably stronger from the inside, as Hitler had removed those whom he suspected may be potentially disloyal, or even simply too free-thinking.

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