Portrait of Horst Wessel in the uniform of a SA-Sturmführer, of the SA-Sturm 5 in Berlin. By Heinrich Hoffmann.
In the evening of 14 January 1930, Wessel answered a knock on his door, and was shot in the face by an assailant who then fled the scene. Wessel lingered in hospital until he died on 23 February. Albrecht Höhler, an active member of the local Communist Party (KPD) branch, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for the shooting, and was executed by the Gestapo after the Nazi accession to power in 1933.