Ernst Julius Günther Röhm (German: [ɛʁnst ˈʁøːm]; 28 November 1887 – 1 July 1934) 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 .
Ernst Röhm, Röhm also spelled Roehm, (born November 28, 1887, Munich, Germany—died July 1, 1934, Munich-Stadelheim), German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts). Feared as a rival by Hitler, he was murdered at the Führer’s order.
Ernst Röhm, an early member of the Nazi party and close ally of Hitlers, was the Party's chief of staff and commander of the Sturmabteilung. Though he was a friend and ally, Hitler feared Röhm's military influence and so plotted to have him executed.
Ernst Julius Gunther Röhm (28 November 1887 ; in Munich,Bavaria,Germany– 1 July 1934 ; in Munich, Bavaria, Germany) was a leader and co-founder of the German Sturmabteilung, the Stormtroopers. He also was a member of the German Reichstag , where he was a minister from 1933 to 1934.
Röhm and his chief lieutenants were seized on the weekend of June 30, 1934, and executed without trial. The opportunity was also taken to settle other accounts on this “Night of the Long Knives”—among those murdered were Schleicher and the former Nazi leader Gregor Strasser .
Captain Ernst Röhm of the Reichswehr served as the liaison with the Bavarian Freikorps. Röhm was given the nickname "The Machine Gun King of Bavaria" in the early 1920s, since he was responsible for storing and issuing illegal machine guns to the Bavarian Freikorps units. Röhm left the Reichswehr in 1923
The Röhm Purge was the murder of the leadership of the SA (Storm Troopers), the Nazi paramilitary formation led by Ernst Röhm. The murders took place between June 30 and July 2, 1934. The ruling elites and ultimately Hitler saw the SA as a threat to their hold on power.