Seventy-Five Years after the Night of the Long Knives

June 30, 2009 is the seventy-fifth anniversary of a ghastly reminder about the nature of evil in the modern world.  The Night of the Long Knives showed, for those who still needed to be convinced, that the only object of totalitarianism is power.  Adolf Hitler ordered the extermination of those who he considered a threat to his power.  Bland histories of Nazi Germany portray this as the destruction of the SA (the Nazi paramilitary force commanded by Ernst Roehm) as a way of placating the German Army or the liquidation of the Left wing of the Nazi Party, led by men like Greggor Strasser, once the second most powerful Nazi.Hitler did murder these Nazi rivals, but he did much more than that.  Nazi persecution of Christianity began long before the Night of the Long Knives.  In Prussia, the Gestapo began arresting Protestant clergymen from almost the beginning of Nazi rule.  On June 11, 1933, Nazis savagely beat with steel and rubber truncheons priests who had...(Read Full Article)

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