The History Channel documentary Night of the Long Knives covers the events that took place over the space of 48 hours in 1934 when Hitler murdered many prominent SA and Nazi Party members that he perceived as a threat.
The Night of the Long Knives is often referred to as the Röhm-Putsch because the SA (Sturmabteilung) leader Ernst Röhm was seen as the primary target.
Many historians have since suggested that the actual reason for Röhm’s murder was his knowledge of Hitler’s homosexual past.
Hitler justified the killings carried out by the SS (Schutzstaffel) and Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei) by saying that those murdered were a threat to the German state.
The Night of the Long Knives was an early indication of Adolf Hitler’s ruthlessness and sociopathic behaviour and the lengths that he would go to in his quest for absolute power.
Night of the Long Knives – Hitler’s Murderous Coup