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Gregor Strasser (Gauleiter of Lower Bavaria 1924-1929)
German political activist who, along with his brother Otto Strasser,
occupied a leading position in the Nazi Party during its formative
period.
His opposition to Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitism and unwillingness to
make broad scale social reforms eventually brought about Strasser's
demise.
He joined the fledgling Nazi Party in 1920, and in 1923, he participated
in Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch (Munich Putsch 8-9th November 1923); during
Hitler's subsequent imprisonment, he came to head the outlawed party.
Strasser was an effective public speaker and a gifted organiser, and
after Hitler's release he took over the party organisation in Northern
Germany (Bavaria), was elected to the Reichstag (federal lower house),
and soon built a mass movement with the help of his brother Otto and
the young Joseph Goebbels.
Gauleiter of Lower Bavaria. Credited with having a leading role in
giving the Nazi Party a nationwide structure. By 1928, the Nazi Party
had 108,000 members! After 1925, Strasser's outstanding organisational
skills helped the NSDAP to make a big step from a marginal South
German splinter party to a nationwide mass party, appealing to the
lower classes and their tendency towards socialism. Its membership
increased from about 27,000 in 1925 to 800,000 in 1931.
By the early 1930s Strasser was head of the Nazi political organisation
and second only to Hitler in power and popularity. As leader of the
party's left wing, however, he opposed Hitler's courting of big business
as well as his anti-Semitism and instead favoured radical social reforms
along socialist lines.
He finally resigned his party offices in 1932. Hitler was able to avert
large-scale losses in membership after Strasser's defection, and, after
Hitler's accession to the chancellorship, Strasser lost almost al of his
influence.
He was murdered on Hitler's orders during the Night of Long Knives
30th June ­ 1st July 1934.

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