Join Professor Gary Bruce from the University of Waterloo as he talks about the Night of the Long Knives: The First Nazi Mass Murder. During his first eighteen months in power, Hitler remained above the fray while his minions assaulted opponents and threw them in concentration camps. This situation would change on June 30, 1934, when Hitler, brandishing a pistol, joined fellow leaders in the Nazi party and attacked the paramilitary wing of his party (SA) and others whom the Nazis feared. The Night of the Long Knives, as it came to be known, claimed hundreds of lives and paved the way for subsequent atrocities. In this talk, Gary will explore how Germans reacted to the first major revelation of the Nazi state's murderous nature. Q&A to follow, so please come prepared with some questions.
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Gary Bruce, Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, holds a PhD in modern European history from McGill University. He is the author of three books, most recently Through the Lion Gate: A History of the Berlin Zoo, which was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.
This event is a part of CTAL Nights, a free virtual series happening this fall.