The SA (Sturmabteilung or as we know them today “Brown Shirts”) was founded in Munich by Adolph Hitler in 1921 out of various roughneck elements that had attached themselves to the fledgling Nazi movement. It drew its early membership largely from the Freikorps (Free Corps), armed freebooter groups, made up largely of ex-soldiers, that battled leftists in the streets in the early days of the Weimar Republic. Outfitted in brown uniforms after the fashion of Mussolini’s Fascist Blackshirts in Italy, the SA men protected Party meetings, marched in Nazi rallies, and physically assaulted political opponents.
The description seems eerily similar to what are today sometimes called “Purple Shirts”—SEIU (Service Employees International Union) a union of government workers notorious for their methods of intimidation, harassment and even assault on any they deem an opponent.
In spite of their violent methods, the SEIU has been lauded, honored and their leaders appointed to high government posts by the Obama Administration.
In contrast, on this date in 1934, after using them to gain unprecedented power, Adolf Hitler, in what is called the “Night of the Long Knives,” had many leading officials of the SA summarily executed.
Posted by Danny Carlton at June 30, 2011 6:06 AM