Hitler's Storm Troopers: A History of the SA: The Memoirs of Wilfred von Oven

Overview

In the Nazi rise to power a key role was played by the Nazi storm troopers – the SA. This was a paramilitary organization designed for defense of Nazi Party meetings and attacks on its political opponents. It formed the workforce for Nazi political activity in the lead up to the takeover of power in 1933. Despite its pivotal role until 1934, when it was purged and rendered politically powerless by Hitler, the SA has been surprisingly understudied by historians.

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Overview

In the Nazi rise to power a key role was played by the Nazi storm troopers – the SA. This was a paramilitary organization designed for defense of Nazi Party meetings and attacks on its political opponents. It formed the workforce for Nazi political activity in the lead up to the takeover of power in 1933. Despite its pivotal role until 1934, when it was purged and rendered politically powerless by Hitler, the SA has been surprisingly understudied by historians.

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’.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848325760
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7

Introduction 9

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

Index 171

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