Over the summer I was reading Jacques Delarue’s The Gestapo: A History of Horror.
Delarue writes about the Night of the Long Knives when Hitler had SA leader Ernst Röhm murdered. Delarue then goes on to claim that afterward there was a series of revenge killings carried about SA supporters of Röhm,
During the latter months of 1934 and the beginning of 1935 unknown killers murdered nearly 150 S.S. leaders. On the corpses was pinned a little card bearing the initials “R.R.” (this meant Rächer Rohm, the avengers of Rohm). They were probably carried out by an underground group of S.A. who had remained faithful to their former chief, but apparently the Gestapo was never able to identify them.
The problem with this is that, as far as I can tell, Delarue is the only source for this claim of fairly large scale killing of SS members. It is easy to imagine a handful of murders of SS officers going unmentioned, but an organized campaign that resulted in the deaths of 150 SS? Doesn’t seem likely.
This sounds like an urban legend or a case where a real incident has been conflated into a much larger event.
Anyone know if this really happened or if Delarue simply exagerrated or fell for an urban legend?
- October 12, 2014 @ 20:49:58 [Current Revision] by Brian Carnell
- October 12, 2014 @ 20:49:58 by Brian Carnell