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Wilfred von Oven’s Nazism was linked with the career of Josef Goebbels, both as propaganda minister and as Nazi party regional leader of Berlin in the early 1930s. Von Oven’s experience was of the SA in Berlin, perhaps the most extreme of the SA branches. The book is most valuable when it recounts von Oven’s own experiences in the SA, his own views at the time and his personal encounters with Goebbels.
This fascinating history is an unapologetic defense of the SA against postwar revelations – the author presents a strongly pro-SA point of view. Von Oven remained unrepentant to the end: indeed, not long before his death he described his experience of Nazi rule as ‘paradise’.
List of Illustrations 7
Chapter 1 Why Brown? 13
Chapter 2 No Fun in the Pleasure Park 23
Chapter 3 The Swastika on the Steel Helmet 31
Chapter 4 Iron Cross - Iron Fist - Iron Front 46
Chapter 5 Patriots or Criminals? 52
Chapter 6 Who Defends the Reich? 59
Chapter 7 Röhm in a Tight Spot 70
Chapter 8 Riding a Horse Unaided 80
Chapter 9 The Red Front and Reaction 90
Chapter 10 Democratic Checks and Balances to Control Adolf Hitler 101
Chapter 11 Worms and Other Political Reptiles 111
Chapter 12 Hitler's Seizure of Power 121
Chapter 13 Six Million Unemployed 127
Chapter 14 A Reich without Hitler? 134
Chapter 15 'I am Going to Destroy You' 140
Chapter 16 The Fate of Some National Socialists 151
Chapter 17 Why Weren't You Shot On 30 June 1934? 160
Chapter 18 The SA Spirit 166
Appendix: Rank Equivalents 169