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Anschluss and Austrian enthusiasm

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.121.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1188 | Film ID: 976

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    Anschluss and Austrian enthusiasm


    Starting with a map showing the borders between Germany and Austria fading, this footage illustrates the occupation of Austria by German military forces on March 12, 1938 and the enthusiastic welcome by the Austrian population shouting 'Heil' and 'Hitler,' waving flags, and giving the Nazi salute. Special occasions include the crossing of the border at Kufstein, the destruction of the turnpike at Passau, the occupation of Salzburg and Graz, the fraternization between German and Austrian troops in Villach, and Hitler waving from a balcony in Linz. Most of the film is shot in Vienna, showing: Austrian Chancellor Seyss-Inquart, Hitler Youth leader von Schirach, and SS leader Himmler. People entering the train station with destination Warsaw are described as 'fleeing Jews.' Hitler delivers a mass address about the reintegration of his native land of the "Ostmark" [Eastern territory; Nazi term for Austria] into the Reich, waves to the crowds while standing in a car, and watches a huge military parade. Austrians sing the German national anthem.
    Event:  1938 March 12
    Production:  1938
    Vienna, Austria
    Linz, Austria
    Graz, Austria
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
    Producer: UFA
    Camera Operator: Walter Frentz

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    08:01:12:00 to 08:10:10:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Master 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 976 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small

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    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright Undetermined
    Conditions on Use
    Owner of copyright, if any, is undetermined. It is possible this is an orphan work. It is the responsibility of anyone interested in reproducing, broadcasting, or publishing content to determine copyright holder and secure permission, or perform a diligent Fair Use analysis.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased the films from the Library of Congress in October 1994.
    See Film and Video departmental files for additional documentation and a summary of the film. See Story 1189, Film ID 976 (FAB 0248) for the beginning of the film.
    J. Stumpfhaus documentary, "Eye of the Third Reich," indicates that cinematographer Walter Frentz accompanied Hitler to Vienna.
    Copied From
    16mm; b/w
    Film Source
    Library of Congress - Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS)
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2571
    Source Archive Number: FAB 0247
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:51:05
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