What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard or will ever read in history books.
I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide – 98% of the vote. I’ve never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force. In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.
The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.
We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group -- Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria . We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.
We were overjoyed, and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.
After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.
Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.
Hitler Targets Education – Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:
Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,” and had physical education.
Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail. The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.
My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.
Equal Rights Hits Home:
In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.
Soon after this, the draft was implemented. It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps. During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines. When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat. Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.
Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:
When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.
Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:
Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.
As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.
We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.
We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.
“Mercy Killing” Redefined:
In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps . The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.
As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.
The Final Steps - Gun Laws:
Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.
No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.
Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria . Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.
After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria. Women were raped, preteen to elderly. The press never wrote about this either. When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process. They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn’t destroy, they burned. We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses. Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized. Those who couldn’t, paid the price. There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians. This is an eye witness account.
It’s true….those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity. America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away.
OP, your motivation in posting this is clear. But you freepers need to decide if the Democrats are Fascists or Communists.
And I'll save my sympathies, not for the Austrians, but the Jews, Poles, Ukrainians,Russians,gays, Gypsies and disabled that they helped try to exterminate.
The internet really is turning out a bunch of mindless monkeys.
Poor OP probably believes that drivel.
I had a German Jewish teacher from Germany who claimed that the Austrians were even more violent in their Anti-semitism than Germans were.
Dirk Bogarde did a film called The Night Porter. There was a scene where he was dressed in full Nazi regalia. He was scared to walk outside in Austria but did so anyway. He was mortified when a crowd saw him and clapped!
Fascism, Communism, and Socialsm are just three names for the same thing- state control of society. Are you too poorly educated to understand that simple fact? How sad.
Yes, R9, I did.
Feinstein is the perfect Nazi.
What do you mean these mountains don't lead to Switzerland? It says right here in the script they do. Oh, so what if Salzburg borders Germany? This is for American audiences, half of them think Austria has kangaroos!
Shit, everyone knew that OP, its in every documentary of that era.
I know, R14, but the MSM narrative is that Hitler invaded.
That is why people don't see that the USA is quickly becoming just like Nazi Germany- the media is owned by the corporations that control (and are controlled by) the government.
Is that not obvious?
Actually it was 99% and the vote was held AFTER Hitler invaded. The vote was held by the Nazi government with Nazi officials at every polling station.
The impetus for the invasion was a planned referendum by the Austrian government on the matter of union with Germany. This referendum would have excluded voters under 24 (the core of Austria's Nazis). Hitler invaded before this referendum could take place.
Seriously. People like OP are unfit for life and just need to be put to sleep.
It would be a much better world.
Just stop, Op, it's not working.
Go Fuck yourself freeper OP. Hitler was actually prescient about a lot of things and is not the monster that people make him out to be.
Holy hell, OP is paranoid. Trolldar him and see all his threads on the front page.
OP, I come to this site to read conspiracy theories about Jeremy Renner's baby, not on the New World Order. Go take your crazy to another forum of like-minded individuals.
That's a rather provocative statement, r19. What do you mean?
Well, I'm not too surprised - what with the way they have always treated their Aborigine population.
R22, I hope you were joking.
R5 is right. The Freepers can't decide if the Democrats are Fascists or Communists. But that's because they know so little about history, they can't tell the difference.
John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, recently said that he took back his first statement that Obama was a socialist. He is a actually a fascist. First off, that's idiotic. Second, Mackey is a well educated, very successful entrepreneur who doesn't bother to learn history. If he can't do it, no Freeper can.
So go away OP. Just go away.
OP. Austria was divided into four zones after the war. Russia only occupied Neideroesterreich and Bergenland. Vienna itself was divided into zones controlled by the allies; however, the central zone was controlled by each (France, Britian, Russia, USA) on an alternating, monthly schedule.
The atrocities by the occupying Russian forces were well documented. What is less well documented is the behavior of American service men. The US Zone was often compared to the Wild West. The number of abortions in Garmish-Partinkirchen between 1945- 1950 skyrocketed due to rape by american servicemen.
Libertarian Idiot Alert!
You've abundantly proven in 4-5 postings that you're not worth the breathing trying to argue with. Please, just take your hallucinatory alternate version of reality and go away.
For a look at occupied Vienna, The Third Man was filmed amongst the rubble and troops.
Try telling a Holocaust survivor sometime that Fascism and Communism are the same thing. I'm sure you'd get quite an earful in response to that massive stupidity...
Oh, Jesus, smokescreen about Hitler to get to another screed about guns.
Oh look -- Tel Aviv has signed on.
Obvious fake. One of Germany's failures in the war was not using women as much as the Allies were. Freedom of speech was the first thing to go, not something implemented in 1943 or 1944. Much of this is just lying hogwash: religion was not suppressed, and let's face it: food rationing, collecting guns, all this kind of thing was done in EVERY country during World War II, including the United States, which operated under a big government command economy throughout the war.
Freeper OP needs to get a fucking job, he has way too much time on his hands (yet apparently has no time to critically evaluate the nonsense he copies and pastes).
[quote]That is why people don't see that the USA is quickly becoming just like Nazi Germany- the media is owned by the corporations that control (and are controlled by) the government.
I thought gun rights prevented us from moving towards fascism?
Which is it? Are we a fascist state, in which case gun rights do not do anything to prevent fascism, or are we a free country?
Once you get into the real world and move out of mom and dad's house you'll start to see how the world really works.
I studied this in university, in detail; the narrative linked by the OP is an extreme distortion of truth. Anyone can go to Wikipedia and read about Anchluss. There was no gleeful popular vote - it was a hostile takeover, aided by Nazi sympathizers who represented some, but not the majority, of Austrians in power.
[quote]I thought gun rights prevented us from moving towards fascism?
No, fascism happens when the gun owners stop blasting minorities, and the government starts to fear that they will start killing cops.
Gun owners now generally do not kill cops. Note the Newtown killer committed suicide when he heard the police sirens, and the Aurora killer put down his weapon when the police arrived, as did the Seal Beach killer.
As long as gun nuts are no threat to cops, the gun control movement will continue as it has for the past 45 years, but if people start blasting police, all guns will disappear from the face of our particular earth.
Hitler used religion to help keep control of people and make his message resonate. Now, who does that sound like to you?
Yeah -- what vote? Maybe some Austrians were happy to see the Nazi troops pour over their border, but there was no vote.
[quote]I studied this in university, in detail; the narrative linked by the OP is an extreme distortion of truth. Anyone can go to Wikipedia and read about Anchluss.
You studied this in detail, yet you can't spell it correctly?
r38 has pox marks
It took the Austrians one day to achieve the anti-semiticism it took Germany 5 years to achieve.
This never happened!
r40, antisemitism isn't an achievement
[quote]Hitler used religion to help keep control of people and make his message resonate. Now, who does that sound like to you?
I mean, it *is* the Austrian School of Economics and all...
OP - please google the phrase "fifth column"
The Third Man is absolutely must see.
R44, Hitler had a lot of Austrian economists rounded up and killed. Most fled.
So "Libertarians" isn't the right answer? I'm so confused.
During World War II the American government censored the media and read the mails; it rationed food, gasoline, and lots of other materials; it exercised command over whole industries and fixed prices and wages; it taxed people and forced them to give money; it conducted campaigns for people to convert old jewelry, guns, and the like to war materiel.
Movie theaters and schools showed propaganda films. People were taught to inform on their neighbors and keep secrets. Whole classes of innocent people were rounded up and put in camps (also true in England and even Australia). Blackouts were rigidly enforced.
State control was pervasive and general. Nazis were killers, but state control was necessary to defeat them and it was done.
[quote]It took the Austrians one day to achieve the anti-semiticism it took Germany 5 years to achieve.
I believe anti-Jewish feeling in Germany and Austria took root in the aftermath of World War One when each was the hub of a ruined empire.
"Seriously. People like OP are unfit for life and just need to be put to sleep."
Said like a good Nazi who wants to send the Jews to gas chambers.
"Freepers can't decide if the Democrats are Fascists or Communists. But that's because they know so little about history, they can't tell the difference."
Fascism and Communism are flavors of the same poison- statism. They both worship government power, just like all socialists.
The reason given by most Germans(on an anecdotal basis) for going against the Jews was the fact that the Jews supposedly didn't support the WWI war effort with their money and influence. It's not true at all BUT it does tell you what passes for truth amongst certain people.
R51 is completely ignorant.
Is there any on-line source, like snopes.com, that debunks this crap? A facebook "friend" (who is also a right-wing religious republican Obama-basher) posted this recently. And while it's obvious to me this is nothing but false-equivalency and other logical fallacies, I don't really have a solid foundation for debunking it myself.
The truth can't be debunked.
This is true.
R55, the implications are not. The implications are that Democrats/Obama are fascist dictators like the Nazis. This is utter bullshit.
I would like to see a thorough debunking of the bullshit in this.
The Rethuglicans and Demoncrats are just like the Nazis. The fact that you defend them makes me sick.
R57, you're a delusional paranoid tin-hat conspiracy theorist engaging in false equivalency fallacies. You're an idiot and should seek mental help & medication.
You are the delusional one, believing that Demoncrats care about the poor.
Get a clue, you halfwit.
R59, you're clearly the delusional one (you're projecting). You're ignorant and blinded by ideology, and apparently no small amount of propaganda.
Is the OP Kitty Werthmann of the South Dakota Eagle Forum posting on Datalounge? Really?
Because that's who wrote the letter. OP, shouldn't you have at least LINKED her letter?
I'm no fan of Obama but the NAZI's had gun control.......before the NAZIs came to power. Why? To control the NAZI Party.
That is the real history.
I'm neutral on the gun issue but please don't distort history.
The problem with forcing people out of the closet is that 99% of them believe shit like this and we'd have to give them remedial lessons in life.
*sigh* My husband is friendly with a Republican who enjoys forwarding highly inflammatory e-mails to us in the earnest hope that we will be so outraged by the content that we will immediately denounce the liberal Democrats and change parties. It pisses me off, because the guy is an ignorant, vicious person who actually believes the propaganda he so merrily spreads, and yet he has the nerve to consider himself a friend.
I'll lay odds that this piece of revisionist garbage will soon find its way to our inbox, courtesy of this jerk. At least I have a preview. I can debunk one thing off the top of my head: Hitler did NOT believe in equal rights for women. He wanted them barefoot and pregnant, inside the home.
Hitler also loosened gun control laws.
[quote]The Rethuglicans and Demoncrats are just like the Nazis. The fact that you defend them makes me sick.
ROFL.... Get help, OP. Really.
Another freeper left behind.
and yet Hollywood keeps hiring all these austrian actors: Kidmam, Jackman, Watts, etc.
This has been going around so long, SURELY there's a left-wing/liberal take down of this attempt to smear everything Obama/Democrats are doing?
A tragic reckoning.
But let's look on the bright side.
I and 98% of all Austrian Academy members are voting for Waltz and Haneke!
I didn't want Hitler.
[quote]I'm no fan of Obama but the NAZI's had gun control.......before the NAZIs came to power. Why? To control the NAZI Party.
The Girl Scouts also have gun control (you can't bring guns to the meetings). By your reasoning the girl scouts are also Nazis!
The Demoncrats are just as evil as the Rethuglicans. Until you wake up and read economicpolicyjournal.com or lewrockwell.com and see how evil the federal government and the Federal Reserve really is you will never understand.
There is no "take down" by liberals because they have sold their souls to their masters in DC. Look at how quiet they have been about our drone murders in the Middle East since Obama got elected.
[quote]The Demoncrats are just as evil as the Rethuglicans.
Not by any measure of fact you can imagine, no. It's like saying a pebble is "just as big as" Mount Everest. It's obviously and laughably untrue, and completely indefensible as a statement.
The fact that you're actually referencing tin-hat-conspiracy site "LewRockwell" shows just how far down the rabbit-hole of insanity you are.
[quote]The Rethuglicans and Demoncrats are just like the Nazis. The fact that you defend them makes me sick.
I think when you say "Nazi" you mean "authoritarian" which, given the National Security State and "Homeland," is a fair assessment.
R9/OP/Moron, Feinstein is Jewish so how does that make her " the perfect Nazi"?
Also, the Austrians did not vote for Hitler to annex Austria, there was no such fucking vote. That lie in itself proves that you are a liar and a moron and a distorter of history.
On the other hand, r44 doesn't know what he/she is talking about either - it's called the Austrian School after the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek who left Austria after 1938 precisely to get away from Hitler's occupation. Moreover, as to whether communism or fascism were worse, the Eastern Europeans who lived under both would say they were equally evil.
What OP misses is that no other country in the world has the US's "liberal" loose gun laws, which, by his "logic", means that every other country in the world is Nazi.
Hitler himself was an Austrian, but he hated the country because he thought it was weak and pathetic and not authoritarian enough.
By the way, in fact the Nazis deregulated the gun laws when they took over power in Germany. The Nazis had more in common with the NRA and all the morons who believe in gun rights!
"The 1938 German Weapons Act
"The 1938 German Weapons Act, the precursor of the current weapons law, superseded the 1928 law. As under the 1928 law, citizens were required to have a permit to carry a firearm and a separate permit to acquire a firearm. Furthermore, the law restricted ownership of firearms to "...persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit." But under the new law:
"Gun restriction laws applied only to handguns, not to long guns or ammunition. The 1938 revisions completely deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns, as was the possession of ammunition."
"The legal age at which guns could be purchased was lowered from 20 to 18.
"Permits were valid for three years, rather than one year.
"The groups of people who were exempt from the acquisition permit requirement expanded. Holders of annual hunting permits, government workers, and NSDAP members were no longer subject to gun ownership restrictions. Prior to the 1938 law, only officials of the central government, the states, and employees of the German Reichsbahn Railways were exempted."
Jews were forbidden from the manufacturing or dealing of firearms and ammunition.
Under both the 1928 and 1938 acts, gun manufacturers and dealers were required to maintain records with information about who purchased guns and the guns' serial numbers. These records were to be delivered to a police authority for inspection at the end of each year.
On November 11, 1938, the Minister of the Interior, Wilhelm Frick, promulgated Regulations Against Jews' Possession of Weapons. This regulation effectively deprived Jews of the right to possess firearms or other weapons.
This post is so full of distortions. It would take all day to refute them all one by one. The pious tone really grates too.
Also, "Fascism, Communism, and Socialsm are just three names for the same thing- state control of society." Not true, organized with very different roles for the state, church, private property and family -- and have very different death tolls too. Auschwitz ain't Sweden, honey.
I really wish this "doom and gloom America is fascist person all of recorded history is a lie" would run along somewhere else.
Correction to r76: the Austrian School was not thus named after Hayek, it preceded him, but he is the most significant recent proponent of it, supposedly being the inspiration for Reagan and Thatcher (although they didn't quite get it right).
This is really old stuff. My mother read something like this in the 1950s. It basically said nazism was the same as communism and we had defeated the nazis, now we needed to defeat the soviets who were tryspeculate vulgarize society and brainwash children through day care.
[quote] Hitler did NOT believe in equal rights for women. He wanted them barefoot and pregnant, inside the home.
When Hitler came to power in 1933, he introduced a Law for the Encouragement of Marriage, which entitled newly married couples to a loan of 1000 marks (around 9 months' average wages at that time). On their first child, they could keep 250 marks. On their second, they could keep another 250. They reclaimed all of the loan by their fourth child.
In a September 1934 speech to the National Socialist Women's Organization, Adolf Hitler argued that for the German woman her “world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home”, a policy which was reinforced by the stress on "Kinder" and "Küche" in propaganda, and the bestowal of the Cross of Honor of the German Mother on women bearing four or more babies.
During this period, women were discriminated against in employment and forced out or bribed with numerous social benefits. Medicine, the law and civil service were occupations reserved for men alone.
[quote] needed to defeat the soviets who were tryspeculate vulgarize society
OMG I changed this stupid iPhone autocorrect TWICE and really thought I'd x'd it out for good when I wrote "trying to secularize society."
Yeah -- Hitler wanted the gals home and breeding. The point made upthread about how he hurt his own war effort by not utilizing German women is very true.
Lucky for us.
OP, you're fucking SICK for taking advantage of a seriously horrific time in recent world history and projecting it upon a group of people living today.
You're just as massive a part of the problem you complain about. You're a corporate whore yourself. And you're using people who died under Hitler to your advantage to further your cause. You should feel LUCKY you're here on Datalounge posting this shit on your made-in-China-God-bless-the-free-fucking-outsourcing-market computer and comparing your struggles to people who lived and died under the worst leadership in centuries.
You're a coddled, spoiled brat, you fucking libertarian asshole, and I'm sick of you bratty, whining, complaining libertarian anarchists comparing our easy lives today to life under Hitler. You don't know, and you never will, so shut the fuck up.
Austrians voted for hitler AFTER Hitler marched into and took control of Austrian politics. So guess who counted the votes?
The OP and the person who wrote this does not know that this vote, and similar votes in Autria, were yes only votes, that is to say, you were not allowed to vote no- you could only vote "no" by abstention. But those who did vote no by abstention (including in Austria) were then persecuted. This was referred to in Austria as the Anschlus (I hope I got the spelling correct.) In short this take over was a predetermine propaganda filled, orchestrated event to make it appear as if democratically determined. And of course it does not mention the lies and mandatory oaths and total content of many of its programs. And the claim that Austrians did not know what was going on in Germany with Jews at the time of the take over is a bald faced lie. Of course they knew as did every German.
OP, do you seriously believe this drivel or are you just trolling.
Please come back and respond to the actual facts posted in r77 and.. well everywhere else in this thread.
The announced 1938 Austrian vote was, in fact, 99.73% favorable, with a 99.71% turnout.
This referendum has always been understood as rigged, and the vote as entirely meaningless. It took place after Hitler had seized absolute power in Austria.
Before the Anschluss the Nazi party in Austria was a trivial force. People there were well informed about what was going on in Germany, including euthanasia. When the Anschluss occurred, thousands of Austrians were murdered, so there was no "gradual" takeover. Freedom of speech was the first thing to go, not the last; and I think we can be sure that Nazi education included more than sports and political indoctrination. The Nazis were not anti-religion, and their philosophy had nothing in common with humanism. Women were second class citizens. During the war, all countries instituted food rationing, control of wages and prices, and full employment policies, so the Nazis were no different than the Americans in that regard.
Who wants to bet that Kitty Werthmann is not from Austria at all? Who is going to trek out to South Dakota to even find out?