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Brown Shirt

or brown·shirt (broun′shûrt′)
1. A Nazi, especially a storm trooper.
2. A racist, especially a violent, right-wing one.

[Translation of German Braunhemd : braun, brown + Hemd, shirt.]



1. a storm trooper in Nazi Germany.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a Nazi.
[1930–35; so called from the color of the uniform shirt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Brownshirt - a member of the Nazi SA which wore brown uniforms
SA, Storm Troops, Sturmabteilung - Nazi militia created by Hitler in 1921 that helped him to power but was eclipsed by the SS after 1943
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
German Nazi, Nazi - a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
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its type of a newly emerging Blackshirts (the paramilitary group of Mussolini) and Brownshirts (Hitler's paramilitary mobs).
Likewise, Benedict was influenced first by the Second Vatican Council and then by the upheaval that followed it and the 1968 student riots, which reminded him of the Nazi Brownshirts of his youth.
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It was Kristallnacht - November 9 and 10, 1938 - when the rising clamour of anti-Semitic sentiment across Germany turned into an orgy of violence, orchestrated by Hitler's feared Nazi stormtroopers, the Brownshirts.
Doherty begins his exposition with Hollywood's first confrontation with Nazism on December 4, 1930, when a mob of brownshirts invaded a motion picture theater and trashed the screening of Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front, an award-winning lament of the slaughter of the young in World War I to nurture old men's dreams of glory, and ends when after the death of its courageously anti-Nazi producer, Carl Laemmle, Universal Studios rereleased the film accompanied by a prologue reviewing the Great War and its aftermath, including the now iconic newsreel footage of the 1933 book burning.
In June 1934, they acted like Hitler's brutal Brownshirts during a massive, Nurembergstyle rally at London's Olympia.
Doherty frames the book beautifully with the figure of Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Pictures, whose film All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) sparked violent protests from Nazi brownshirts in Berlin and Vienna upon its release.
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They fob it off to private companies, whose only real agenda is to make money, resulting in an army of brownshirts given free rein to drag anyone off the streets they deem to be drunk or otherwise.
Whereas the one thing you can't knock Hitler for was his conviction, once Morsi and the Brotherhood came into power, they displayed the same opportunism as they did at election-time, more Egypt's answer to the Blairites than the brownshirts.
Comparing UK Muslim youth vigilantes to the far-right Golden Dawn party in Greece and even the infamous Brownshirts of Nazi Germany, Nawaz further declared: "The Muslim patrols could become a lot more dangerous and, perhaps willing to maim or kill if they are joined by battle-hardened jihadis.