Initial Feelings of Austria’s Annexation
When I think of the German annexation of Austria, I think of the Nazi trucks with the German soldiers driving through Austrian towns with roaring cheers. I just assumed that that was the same feeling that all the German’s felt back in Germany. I thought the German people were just as excited as the Austrians to be a unified people once again. My assumption was far from correct. I did not take into account the fact that some German’s might be afraid of possible actions by Western powers. The Social Democrats saw the consequences of Austria’s annexation as a rise in “public depression and a general fear of imminent war with Western powers”. The German people were secretly feeling like war is now on the way and unavoidable. “People thought that France would march into Spain, that Czechoslovakia would mobilize, and that Russia would come to the aid of Czechoslovakia”. With the thought of all these nations coming together to reprimand Hitler’s annexation of Austria, the German people had a big cloud of depression hanging over their heads. Once it became evident that the Western powers weren’t going to do anything over than complain on paper, this situation turned into muscle-flexing and admiration Hitler. People were applauding and praising Hitler calling him a master politician “because he is conquering the world without waging war”. This situation makes me think of something out of a cartoon where everyone thinks of the main cartoon character as a hero for catching the game-winning touchdown or something but in actuality they were just standing there with arms held out and the ball luckily plops into their hands and that cartoon character is someone that is a goofball or nincompoop like Goofy from Mickey Mouse cartoons.
- Sax, Benjamin C., and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1992.
- Wikipedia. Accessed October 31, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anschluss.