Gregor Strasser

in Geisenfeld, Germany
May 31, 1892

June 30, 1934

German politician and prominent figure in the Nazi Party. He became a rival to Adolf Hitler, resigned from his political offices in late 1932, and was murdered in 1934, during the "Night of the Long Knives".
In 1919 he and his brother Otto joined the right-wing Freikorps led by Franz Ritter von Epp. Gregor Strasser established and commanded the Sturmbataillon Niederbayern (English: Storm battalion Lower Bavaria), with young Heinrich Himmler as his adjutant. By March 1920, Strasser's Freikorps was ready to participate in the failed Kapp Putsch, whereas his brother Otto had turned to the left of the political spectrum and commanded the Rote Hundertschaft, a socialist paramilitary group, to combat this right-wing coup d'état.
In 1921, Strasser's

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“We are socialists. We are enemies, deadly enemies, of today’s capitalist economic system with its exploitation of the economically weak, its unfair wage system, its immoral way of judging the worth of human beings in terms of their wealth and their money, instead of their responsibility and their performance, and we are determined to destroy this system whatever happens!”
Gregor Strasser