Stahlhelm: Literally "steel helmet"; formed 1918 as Association of [German] Frontline Soldiers; joined DNVP/NSDAP coalition, splitting from the DVP, part of initial Nazi coalition; largely absorbed by Sturmabteilung (SA)
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- Theodore Duesterberg : (1895-1950) WW1 officer, Stahlhelm founder, DNVP, survived Night of the Long Knives
- Freikorps : Any of a number of German volunteer paramilitary groups formed after World War I; many were absorbed into the Stahlhelm and then the Sturmabteilung (SA)
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- Nazi Party : The totalitarian ideology espoused by Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi Party; its program was first stated formally in 1920, drafted by Hitler, Gottfried Feder and Anton Drexler
- Black Reichswehr : Paramilitary and military units created by Germany, in excess of the Treaty of Versailles limits on the Reichswehr; basis for secret German-Soviet cooperation; involved in Weimar right-wing politics
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- Sturmabteilung : The Nazi "brownshirt" paramilitary organization, also known as the SA
- Horst-Wessel-Lied : Nazi anthem, incorporated into Germany's national anthem from 1933 to 1945.
- Paul Hausser : Highest-ranking officer of the Waffen SS; retired Reichswehr lieutenant general who first started forces and later joined Nazi Party; commanded regular army group; not indicted as major war criminal
- Night of the Long Knives : 30 June 1934 Nazi purge, personally led by Adolf Hitler of internal political opponents, primarily Ernst Roehm and the SA, but including various others, such as Gregor Strasser or Gen. Kurt von Schleicher, considered a risk or embarrassment to the new coalition with the Right