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I love how real horshoe theory actually is because no one actually thinks it's legitimate but it really did properly describe politics until 1945...

The Nazis and communists had a lot in common in 1930's Nazi Germany. They even made jokes about how often people switched parties...

"In some cities, the numeral strength of party-switching beefsteak Nazis was estimated to be large. Rudolf Diels (the head of the Gestapo from 1933 to 1934) reported that "70 percent" of the new SA recruits had been Communists in the city of Berlin"

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beefsteak_Nazi






You mean like, right after nazi took power and moved to violently suppress all opposition?

Yep, many many people joined at that particular opportune moment and it has zero to do with ideological closeness. Which did angered hard liners and true believers. Through I doubt the 70% number.

(And yes communist were violent too, which would made them suitable for SA. They were not that ideologically close nor they shared demographics.).


It's because prior to the Rohm Purge ( the correct name for the "night of the long knives"), the SA and parts of the Nazi Party ran by Ernest Rohm took the "Socialism" part of the 'National Socialist" name seriously. This is what led him to be purged.

The Nazis and their corporate backers (IG Faben, Messerschmidt, etc) did NOT like the idea of socialists being in power and gave Hitler an ultimatum which lead to the "Socialist" part of the platform being de-facto abandoned by 1934.




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