Anschluss of Austria and the Austrian Anschluss Referendum

Anschluss of Austria

The Anschluss [ˈʔanʃlʊs](spelled Anschluß at the time of the event, and until the German orthography reform of 1996; German for “connection” or union, political annexation ), also known as the Anschluss Österreichs, was the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in March 1938. This was in contrast with the Anschluss movement (Austria and Germany united as one country), which had been attempted since as early as 1918 when the Republic of German-Austria attempted union with Germany but was forbidden by the Treaty of Saint Germain and Treaty of Versailles peace treaties.

Austrian Anschluss Referendum

A referendum on the Anschluss with Germany was held in Austria on 10 April 1938, alongside one in Germany. Hitler easily secured popular support in an area he had already occupied a month earlier. The result was reported as 99.73% in favour, with a 99.71% turnout.


German Military History with a focus on World War 2 History including other areas of German History