Ernst Röhm Biography
(Nazi War Criminal)
Birthday: November 28, 1887 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Munich, Germany
Ernst Julius Günther Röhm was a Nazi Party member and an officer in the German military. Before the Nazi Party, he had served as a member of its predecessor, the German Workers' Party. He and Adolf Hitler were close friends and allies during the latter’s rise to power. A native of Munich, he joined the military in 1906. He served during World War I and suffered a serious injury that compelled him to accept the position of a staff officer in France and Romania for the remainder of the war. He continued to serve in the military even after the war. In 1919, he became a member of the German’s Workers Party and became acquainted with Hitler not long after. One of the founders of Sturmabteilung (SA), the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party, he played an instrumental role in Hitler’s rise to become the Chancellor of Germany. By 1934, the German Army had begun to consider the SA extremely dangerous, and Hitler had started seeing him as a potential threat. During the Night of the Long Knives, he was arrested and subsequently shot to death.