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SA (Sturmabteilungen/ Storm Division) brown uniform shirt with 2 detachable collars

Object | Accession Number: 2001.204.5 a-c

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    SA (Sturmabteilungen/ Storm Division) brown uniform shirt with 2 detachable collars


    Brief Narrative
    Brown uniform shirt with two collars worn by members of the SA [Sturmabteilung/ Stormtroopers]. This Nazi Party paramilitary organization, also called Brownshirts to echo Mussolini's Blackshirts, was founded by Hitler in 1920, and led by Ernst Rohm. The Stormtroopers were known for their brutality and violence and were potent instruments of street terror during Hitler's rise to power. By the early 1930s, SA membership reached three million, and outnumbered the German Army. After Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, the SA's demands for political power and the placement of fanatical Nazis in all key positions threatened Hitler's plans for German expansion and he turned against them. Between June 30 and July 2, 1934, the Nazi Party leadership, on Hitler's order, purged the SA leadership to end the embarrassing conduct and political intrigues. The SA would remain a popular and murderous wing of the Nazi Party, but it would no longer be an independent political force.
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Clothing and Dress
    Men's clothing
    Object Type
    Shirts, Men's (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    a. Brown/gold colored cloth uniform shirt with a German maker's label inside the collar. It is pinned together and has plastic buttons along the front opening.
    b. Detachable shirt collar for a.
    c. Detachable shirt collar for a.
    a : cloth, plastic
    b : cloth
    c : cloth

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    SS (Organization)

    Administrative Notes

    The shirt was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2001.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-06-06 11:17:45
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