Black Front

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Combat League of Revolutionary National Socialists
Kampfgemeinschaft Revolutionärer Nationalsozialisten
Co-leaders Otto and Gregor Strasser
Founded July 4, 1930 (1930-07-04)
Dissolved July 3, 1934 (1934-07-03)
Split from Nazi Party
Succeeded by German Social Union
(not legal successor)
Headquarters Berlin
Ideology Strasserism
Political position Third Position
International affiliation None
Colours          Black, red
Party flag
Black Front flag.svg
Politics of Germany
Political parties
Elections

The Combat League of Revolutionary National Socialists (German: Kampfgemeinschaft Revolutionärer Nationalsozialisten, KGRNS), more commonly known as the Black Front (German: Schwarze Front), was a political group formed by Otto Strasser after his expulsion from the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in 1930.

Overview

Strasser believed the original anti-capitalist nature of the NSDAP had been betrayed by Adolf Hitler. The Black Front was composed of former radical members of the NSDAP, who intended to cause a split in the main party. Strasser's organisation published a newspaper, The German Revolution, and adopted the crossed hammer and sword symbol which is still used by several Strasserite groupings today.

The organisation was unable to oppose the NSDAP effectively, and Hitler’s rise to power proved to be the final straw. Strasser spent the years of the Third Reich in exile, first in Czechoslovakia and later in Canada. The left-wing of the party itself was eradicated in 1934 during the Night of the Long Knives, in which Gregor Strasser, Otto's elder brother, was killed.

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