The Sturmabteilung literally Storm Detachment, was the Nazi Party's original paramilitary. .. The homosexuality of Röhm and other SA leaders was made public to add "shock value", although Hitler and other Nazi leaders had known for years.
Ernst Julius Günther Röhm was a German military officer and an early member of the Nazi Party. As one of the members of its predecessor, the German Workers' Party, he was a close friend and early ally of Adolf Hitler and a co-founder of the Sturmabteilung (SA, "Storm Battalion"), . Their close association led to rumors that Hitler himself was homosexual.
With an openly gay man at the helm of the SA, homosexuals saw a period of The Sturmabteilung (SA), or Storm Troopers, were in effect the.
Röhm was Hitler's right-hand man as head of the Sturmabteilung (SA, of the German penal code, which made male homosexual acts illegal.
Homosexuals & the Holocaust: Homosexuals & the Third Reich . During that time, Rohm rose to SA Chief of Staff, transforming the Brownshirt militia from a.