BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933 in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the "Beer Hall Putsch", all members of the Sonderkommando swore allegiance to Adolf Hitler whereby they received the new title "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler." The LSSAH had strict recruitment regulations that allowed only those who were physically fit, members of the NSDAP and could be described as sufficiently Aryan, could be admitted. In April of 1934, their first mission was to aid in the disbanding of the SA and more specifically, of Ernst Röhm, who began to push for more power and was thought to be a threat to Hitler’s leadership. They, along with Görings "Landespolizeigruppe General Göring" arrested all of the SA leaders who were arranged by Hitler to attend a meeting at the Hanselbauer Hotel. Hitler, accompanied by Sepp Dietrich, commanded Röhm’s arrest and execution. Known as the "Night of the Long Knives" they carried out executions of SA without trials being held, thereby destroying the SA and eliminating Röhm. By July of the same year, 177 people were executed. In 1939, they were designated their own unit apart from the Waffen SS.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A bi-fold form measuring approximately 21.5cm x 30.5cm that is a "Request for Information from the Criminal Record" to be sent back to the "prosecutor's office in Mainz". The top of the form is stamped "Tauglich für L.S.S.A.H." or "Suitable for L.S.S.A.H." and "Nach den Akten -nicht-bestraft" or "According to the files - not punished". The form is dated and stamped for August 1 and 2 , 1938. The form shows wear with tears to the edges and yellowing typical of age.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $199.00

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