Night of the Long Knives: Teaching Resources

Nazi Germany, Resistance and Opposition

The Night of the Long Knives was a major purge of the SA and Nazi Party. The Night of the Long Knives enabled Hitler to cement his position as undisputed leader of the Nazi Party, and subsequently the Fuhrer. Here is a selection of resources for use in lessons about the Night of the Long Knives.



Education Forum has a good set of resources for use on the Night of the Long Knives.

Active history has an excellent resource to download. You need to be a subscriber to access it – but really you should sign up anyway so I’ll include the link!

Khan Academy has a good overview of the Night of the Long Knives, see it below:

Night of the Long Knives:

There are number of worthwhile activities on the TES Website:

This powerpoint provides a good overview.

This word document is by the same provider as the powerpoint and supports it.

Other resources can easily be found on the TES site via their search facility. The two above resources come from the Welsh Government.


Once upon a time we developed a nice little activity that dissected the image at the top of the page. Sadly we’ve lost it… it was once on but the resource section is no longer open there. If anyone has a copy please let us know via comments. In essence it turned the image into a jigsaw and analysed each section piece bu piece. The pieces could then be put together to form a full understanding of the meaning and purpose of the source. It worked very well as a source analysis activity.