The Rohm Purge of June 30-July 2, 1934, was the murder of the leadership of the SA (the Storm Troopers, the Nazi paramilitary formation under Ernst Rohm). The ruling elites and ultimately Hitler saw the SA as a threat to their hold on power. The purge demonstrated the Nazi regime's willingness to go outside the law to commit murder as an act of state for the perceived survival of the nation.
The Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and the State was one of a series of key decrees, legislative acts, and case law in the gradual process by which the Nazi leadership moved Germany from a democracy to a dictatorship.
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