Sturm-Zigaretten

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Sturm-Zigaretten (Storm Cigarettes or Assault Cigarettes) was a brand of cigarettes sold to generate funds for the Nazi Party's Sturmabteilung (SA).[1] SA member Otto Wagener had persuaded manufacturers Trommler, based in Dresden to produce Sturm cigarettes, with a share of the profits being given to the SA.[2] The Sturm cigarette factory produced four brands in total: Trommler, Alarm, Sturm and Neue Front.[3] Through this scheme, a typical SA unit earned hundreds of Reichsmarks each month.[3] There is evidence that coercion was used to promote the sale of these cigarettes.[3] SA members were expected to smoke Sturm cigarettes exclusively.[1] The brand was also used to make the prospect of serving in the German army more appealing, with sets of cards being produced which depicted attractive army uniforms from history.[4] The SA stopped manufacturing cigarettes in 1934.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Robert N. Proctor, The Nazi War on Cancer, pp. 234-237.
  2. ^ Ian Kershaw, Hitler 1889-1936, p. 348.
  3. ^ a b c Thomas D. Grant, Stormtroopers and Crisis in the Nazi Movement, p. 102.
  4. ^ Joyce Goodman and Jane Martin, Gender, Colonialism and Education, p. 81.