info)), or the Röhm Purge, also called Operation Hummingbird (German: Unternehmen Kolibri), was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934. The humbling of the SA ended the threat it had posed to the army but, by standing by Hitler during the purge, the army bound itself more tightly to the Nazi regime. Gestapo officers attached to the SS unit shot Papen's secretary Herbert von Bose without bothering to arrest him first. [m] Years later, in November 1945, while being interviewed by psychologist Gustave Gilbert in his cell during the Nuremberg trials, Göring angrily justified the killings to Gilbert, "It's a damn good thing I wiped them out, or they would have wiped us out!" The widows of the murdered SA leaders received between 1,000 and 1,600 marks a month, depending on the rank of the murdered person. You don’t know. [1] More than a thousand perceived opponents were arrested. Hence, the Freikorps were in opposition to the new Weimar Republic, which was born as a result of the November Revolution, and whose founders were contemptuously called "November criminals". Enraged, Hitler tore the epaulets off the shirt of Obergruppenführer August Schneidhuber, the chief of the Munich police, for failing to keep order in the city the previous night. Night of the long knives, night of the long long knife Where's that saviour? He lifted his arm in the Nazi salute and called out "Heil Hitler, I love Germany. As a result, a political struggle within the party grew, with those closest to Hitler, including Prussian premier Hermann Göring, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, and Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess, positioning themselves against Röhm. [42] Several leaders of the disbanded Catholic Centre Party were also murdered in the purge. [38] Arriving back at party headquarters in Munich, Hitler addressed the assembled crowd. 8,347 views, added to favorites 66 times. "[55] Reich Justice Minister Franz Gürtner, a conservative who had been Bavarian Justice Minister in the years of the Weimar Republic, demonstrated his loyalty to the new regime by drafting the statute, which added a legal veneer to the purge. After Hitler and most of the army officers had left, however, Röhm declared that he would not take instructions from "the ridiculous corporal" – a demeaning reference to Hitler. He held the same position with Röhm as I held with Himmler. Hitler remained indecisive and uncertain about just what precisely he wanted to do when he left for Venice to meet Benito Mussolini on June 15. Lyrics to "Night of the Long Knives" on Lyrics.com. innerflame on January 05, 2005 Link No Replies Log in to reply It also provided a legal grounding for the Nazis, as the German courts and cabinet quickly swept aside centuries of legal prohibition against extrajudicial killings to demonstrate their loyalty to the regime. At first, its architects seemed split on how to handle the event. Remember that you can play this song at the right column of this page by clicking on the PLAY button. In response to conservative pressure to constrain Röhm, Hitler left for Neudeck to meet with Hindenburg. Upon returning to Berlin, Goebbels telephoned Göring at 10:00 with the codeword Kolibri to let loose the execution squads on the rest of their unsuspecting victims. Night Of The Long Knives Tab by AC/DC with free online tab player. AC/DC is an emblematic rock and roll band and one of the best-selling bands of all time. Moreover, it was not just the Reichswehr that viewed the SA as a threat. [41] Those not immediately executed were taken back to the Leibstandarte barracks at Lichterfelde, given one-minute "trials", and shot by a firing squad. To a lesser extent, the Sturmabteilung (SA), a Nazi paramilitary organization, remained somewhat autonomous within the party. If that was indeed true then, as a legal matter, the law was entirely unnecessary and redundant. In his speech to the Reichstag on July 13 justifying his actions, Hitler denounced Schleicher for conspiring with Ernst Röhm to overthrow the government; Hitler alleged both were traitors working in the pay of France. From the Album The Complete Collection November 23, 1981 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. [26] While Mussolini's criticism did not win Hitler over to acting against the SA, it helped push him in that direction.[26]. Where's that saviour, where's that light When you're praying for your life? [49] Eicke and Lippert then shot Röhm, killing him. AC/DC - Night Of The Long Knives From the "For Those About To Rock" album. Hitler ordered both Heines and his partner taken outside the hotel and shot. Who's your Judas you don't know. [69] The request that Neurath be replaced by Nadolny, the former Ambassador to the USSR, who had resigned earlier that year in protest against Hitler's anti-Soviet foreign policy, indicated that Hammerstein and Mackensen wanted a return to the "distant friendliness" towards the Soviet Union that existed until 1933. Night of the Long Knives may also refer to: Historical events. [68] Besides working for the rehabilitation of Schleicher and Bredow, Hammerstein and Mackensen sent a memo to Hindenburg on July 18 setting out in considerable detail the circumstances of the murders of the two generals and noted that Papen had barely escaped. 462 views, added to favorites 102 times. Night of the long Long knife. She even compared him to Frederick the Great, the 18th-century King of Prussia.[2]. 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