chapter  10
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TEN Nazi opposition

Ignoring such minor groups as the Nationalbolschewisten,1 we find almost all the more important activities of organized 1 This group, led by Ernst Niekisch, was most ruthlessly persecuted by the regime, and

anti-Hitler Nazism centred round the name of Strasser. Gregor Strasser, before the Nazis’ advent to power, had been one of the most prominent men in the Party, which he in fact led during the period of Hitler’s short and comfortable incarceration following the abortive putsch of 1923; while for many years later, when Hitler seldom ventured north of Munich, Gregor Strasser virtually held supreme sway over the Party in Northern Germany. Towards the end of 1932, when the Nazis had either to secure power soon or break up in bankruptcy and ignominy, it was just a possibility that Strasser’s star might outshine Hitler’s. During von Schleicher’s Chancellorship the admission of Strasser rather than Hitler into a reconstructed Cabinet (with the possible inclusion of ex-Chancellor Brüning) was being considered, and Strasser had several interviews with President Hindenburg who, as vouchsafed by witnesses, told him: “I give you my word of honour as a Prussian general that I will never make that Bohemian Corporal1 German Reich-Chancellor.”