Hitler Admits Guilt for Night of Long Knives but Claims to be Supreme Judge of German People Hot

Hitler Admits Guilt for Night of Long Knives but Claims to be Supreme Judge of German People

Adolf Hitler, 1925

Adolf Hitler delivers a speech to the Reichstag in which he admits his own guilt in the murders of June 30, the Night of the Long Knives, but he argues that as head of the German government, he has the responsibility as "supreme judge" of the German people, and therefore also the authority to override the law if and when he sees fit.

According to Hitler:

"Mutinies are broken according to eternal, iron laws. If I am reproached with not turning to the law-courts for sentence, I can only say: In this hour, I was responsible for the fate of the German nation and thereby the supreme judge of the German people."

There are numerous friends and comrades of murdered SA chief Ernst Röhm in this Reichstag, but they as well as the rest of the nation enthusiastically endorse Hitler's approach.

This is the essence of the Führerprinzip (Führer Principle, Leader Principle) which Hitler has always advocated and which the German people endorsed by voting for Nazi political candidates: they are governed by a single dictator who leads the nation where he sees fit.

The power of the Führer is completely unchecked by any independent, outside institution, and none of his decisions can or should be questioned.


The Assassination of Ernst Röhm (Night of the Long Knives)

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