German hotel key to Hitler's Nazis set for demolition

Adolf Hitler at the Nuremburg Rally in 1934 - the year he personally arrested his rival Ernst Roehm

Adolf Hitler at the Nuremburg Rally in 1934 - the year he personally arrested his rival Ernst Roehm

The lakeside hotel where Adolf Hitler personally arrested the leader of his Brownshirt street-fighters in 1934 during the infamous 'Night of the Long Knives' is poised for demolition.

The Lederer at the Lake hotel in Bad Wiessee was called the Hanselbauer in the 1930s and was a favourite retreat of SA leader Ernst Roehm.

Roehm was the former World War One trench fighter who moulded millions of Germans into brawling street fighters for his old comrade Hitler's Nazi party.

But he wanted the Nazi revolution to go further, the army to be purged and his legions to become the fighting force of the new Germany.

This was something Hitler was not prepared to do. 

In the early hours of June 30, 1934 he drove with men of his SS bodyguard to the hotel for a final reckoning with Roehm.

With a whip in one hand and a pistol in the other he disturbed Roehm in bed with a young SA recruit in room number seven.

The first executions of SA men began that night and continued for weeks. 

Roehm was shot in a Munich prison. 

Centuries of laws were swept aside as Hitler

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