The Great Depression was cruel to Morgen’s family. They lost everything when his father’s job as a clerk ended with the failure of the bank he worked for. Morgen was determined to fight for the share of a good life that was stolen from him by finding a home in the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing, the Sturmabteilung (SA). A veteran of hundreds of street brawls with trade unionists in Hamburg, Morgen was a deadly instrument in the remaking of Germany into a Nazi state. When the SA fell out of favor with Hitler in 1934, Morgen transferred to the Schutzstaffel (SS) to carry on his violent work.