Erhard Heiden (23 February 1901 – c. April 1933) was an early member of the Nazi Party and the third commander of the paramilitary wing of Schutzstaffel (SS), the Sturmabteilung ("Storm Detachment; SA"). He was appointed head of the SS, an elite subsection of the SA in 1927. At that time the SS numbered less than a thousand men and found it difficult to cope under the much larger SA. Heiden was not a success in the post, and SS membership dropped significantly under his leadership. He was dismissed from his post in 1929, officially for "family reasons". He was arrested after the Nazis came to power in 1933 and is believed to have been executed in April, but not buried until September that same year.