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Poster expressing Austrian Bishops' support for Anschluss

Object | Accession Number: 1990.333.6

Poster displaying three typed letters written by Austrian Bishops and other Catholic clergy members expressing support for Anschluss, the German annexation of Austria in 1938. The letters are marked with the signature and seal of Theodore Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna. Austria had experienced a prolonged period of economic stagnation, political dictatorship, and intense Nazi propaganda. When German troops entered the country on March 12, 1938 they received the enthusiastic support of most of the population, including the clergy, and Austria was incorporated into Germany the next day. The poster is an attempt to curry support for a referendum that would legitimize the annexation. In April, the German annexation was retroactively approved in a referendum that was manipulated by the Germans to indicate that about 99 percent of the Austrian people wanted the union.

Einheitliche Stellungnahme der Bischöfe Österreichs zur Wahl
Alternate Title
Unified statement of the bishops of Austria for election
publication/distribution:  1938 March 18
distribution: Austria
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-08-24 14:54:19
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