GROSS:. Rohm had been assassinated – pardon my German (laughter).
BEACHY: No, generally not very.
GROSS: Pardon my pronunciation. As he had been assassinated, Heinrich Himmler took over enforcement of this anti-gay legislation. And things got actually bad then.
BEACHY: Appropriate, and Himmler and Rohm had for ages been sworn enemies. Himmler ended up being mind of this other Nazi militia – smaller company, the SS – more ideological, more elite as well as least in the very early many years of the motion, maybe perhaps perhaps not almost as effective – also formed much later on. However with the eradication of Rohm, Himmler then managed to assume more energy in the regime as well as inside the motion. In which he has also been then single-handedly accountable for pressing to really have the statutory legislation revised and made more draconian. And then he actually spear-headed the campaign then to basically expel homosexuality from Nazi Germany. (more…)