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Brownshirts Question

Post by mike m » 21 Aug 2002 04:19

I am interested in researching how the SA was able to convert its rowdy image in order to attract recruits from the very same civilians that were repulsed by their rowdy image in the organiztion's formative years. I am specifically searching for information on how the group changed its propaganda and physical image to attract new recruits ( for example; did the SA leadership halt street fighting?). I know that as the Depression worsened and the NSDAP rose to power that more Germans flocked to the party (especially after 1933), why did the SA increase dramatically in size ?Was it simply a by product of the the so called 'march flowers' that hopped on the bandwagon, or did the SA appeall to them more directly?
THanks in advance for any help that may come my way.

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Post by Scott Smith » 21 Aug 2002 04:33

I think the rowdy image of the SA apealed to everybody except for the Bourgeoisie. In times of troubles young men are attracted to just such activism. After Hitler was appointed to Chancellor, however, and the State cracked down against the Left, there wasn't much use for the SA, and the Regular Army began to see them as a threat to their own role.
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thanks for the reply

Post by mike m » 21 Aug 2002 05:13

Scott:

Thanks for your reply. I would have to agree that the SA cut a image for dissaffected youth. However, I'm trying to discover if the SA changed its image in any way to attract a better cross section of society. I have read that the Reichswehr was starting to get a little aprehensive about so many rowdy brownhirts wandering around and pushed for the limiting of the organization. I've also read that the first wave of boycotts against Jews was in part fueled for by the desire of the SA to be active and flex their muscles. Thanks for your help! :)

Mike

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Books on the SA

Post by Durand » 26 Aug 2002 18:25

Hallo Mike M,

Hallo Mike M,

Here are some titles that may be of interest to you:

The Order of the Death's Head by Heinz Höhne. The first several chapters give an excellent rendering of the development of the SA.

The SS: Alibi of a Nation, 1922-1945 by Gerald Reitlinger. It has been many years, but I remember it being interesting and it also had some chapters dealing with the SA.

The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945 by William Sheridan Allen. This is an excellent account of the development, rise, and eventual consolidation of power in a small town by a local Nazi party machine. It has some references to the local SA.

Stormtroopers: A Social, Economic and Ideological Analysis, 1929-35 by Conan Fischer 1983

The Development of the SA in Nurnberg, 1922-1934 by Eric G. Reiche. Cambridge University Press; 1986

The Making of a Stormtrooper by Peter H. Merkl Princeton University Press; April 1980

Political Violence and the Rise of Nazism: The Storm Troopers in Eastern Germany, 1925-1934 by Richard Bessell , 1999

The SA Generals and the Rise of Nazism by Bruce Campbell University Press of Kentucky; 1998

Sabers and Brownshirts: The German Student's Path to National Socialism, 1918-1935.

I hope this helps.

J.D.

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Vielen Dank!!

Post by mike m » 27 Aug 2002 22:33

Durand:
Thanks VERY much for the reading list. It has been a great help!

Mike.

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Post by Durand » 09 Sep 2002 11:47

Hallo Mike M,

I ran across the following titles and thought that they might be of interest to you:

The German Youth Movement 1900-1945 by Peter D. Stachura

Stachura, Peter D. "German Youth, the Youth Movement, and National Socialism in the Weimar Republic" The Nazi Machtergreifung. Peter Stachura (ed.)

Nazi Youth in the Weimar Republic by Peter Stachura.

Fischer, Conan "The SA of the NSDAP: Social Background and Ideology of the Rank and File in the Early 1930s." Journal of Contemporary History 17 (1982): 651-70.

"Violence as Propaganda: The Role of the Storm Troopers in the Rise of National Socialism" by Richard Bessel in The Formation of the Nazi Constituency, 1919-1923 Thomas Childers (editor)

Regards,

J.D.

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