The Purge Before Dawn: The Night of the Long Knives

Living Through History

Nov 11 2023 • 9 mins

The night between 30 June and 1 July 1934 forever marked Hitler's definitive rise to command of Germany. That night a bloody purge occurred which culminated in the killing of ERNST ROHM, head of the SA, the brown shirts loyal to Hitler. From that night, and thanks to subsequent events, darkness fell on Germany, a long night that lasted 11 years, until the end of the Second World War.

Living Through History,where we embark on a captivating journey through the events, people, and stories that have shaped the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. Join us as we unravel the intricate tapestry of modern history, exploring pivotal moments, cultural shifts, political revolutions, and technological breakthroughs that have defined our contemporary world. With expert interviews, firsthand accounts, and deep dives into archives, Living Through History offers a fresh perspective on the recent past, revealing the fascinating and sometimes surprising connections between yesterday and today. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply curious about how we got to where we are now, this podcast will inspire your curiosity and deepen your understanding of the modern era.

Script: Federico Bettuzzi
Production: Giovanni Zorzi