Hitler begins ‘blood purge’ of political, military rivals 80 years ago this morning (June 30 1934)

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(Saturday, June 30, 1934, starting between 6:00-7:00 a.m. local time) — Reich Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler launched a three-day “blood purge” of political and military rivals today in Germany in what came to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”

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