By Thomas Weyr
While Adolf Hitler seized Vienna within the Anschluss of 1938, he referred to as town "a pearl to which he may supply a formal setting." however the surroundings he left at the back of seven years later used to be considered one of break and destruction—a actual, religious, and highbrow wilderness.
Here is a grippingly narrated and heartbreaking account of the debasement of 1 of Europe's nice towns. Thomas Weyr exhibits how Hitler became Vienna from a colourful city that was once the cradle of modernism right into a drab provincial city. during this riveting narrative, we meet Austrian traitors like Arthur Seyss-Inquart and mass murderers like Odilo Globocnik; proconsuls like Joseph Buerckel, who hacked Austria into seven items, and Baldur von Schirach, who dreamed of constructing Vienna right into a Nazi capital at the Danube—and failed miserably. extra painfully, Weyr chronicles the fast destruction of a wealthy Jewish tradition and the removing of the city's 200,000 Jews via homicide, exile, and deportation. Vienna by no means regained the worldwide position town had as soon as performed. this present day, Weyr concludes, purely the monuments remain—beautiful yet dead.
This is not just the tale of Nazi leaders yet of the way the Viennese themselves lived and died: those that embraced Hitler, those that resisted, and the various who only, within the neighborhood word, "ran after the rabbit." the writer attracts on his personal studies as a toddler in Vienna below Nazi rule in 1938, and people of his mom and dad and pals, plus huge documentary learn, to craft a bright ancient narrative that chillingly captures how a once-great urban misplaced its soul less than Hitler.
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SiegHeil shouts storm across the square, many thousands of arms are raised in the German salute... ,39 In the room of the Neue Hofburg—the palace Emperor Franz Josef had begun building in 1887 and completed in 1913—behind the balcony overlooking the square, the announcer asked Hitler how he should present Seyss-Inquart, who was to introduce the Fiihrer. " Seyss was properly obsequious: My Fiihrer. As the last highest agent of the federal state of Austria I report to the Fiihrer and Reich Chancellor the completion of the lawful decree according to the will of the German people and of its Fiihrer.
Jews were made to do calisthenics until the older ones dropped. The Schadenfreude was palpable in faces twisted into masks of hate and in the body language of contempt. Finally, at last, the Jews were getting what they deserved. Jewish stores were broken into and robbed while the police stood benignly to one side. Apparel and delicatessen shops were preferred targets of opportunity for the largely adolescent mobs. The SS "secured" the synagogue in Seittenstettengasse in the inner city. It would be the only one to survive the rampage of Kristallnacht eight months later.
To review a massive military parade that featured tanks, mobile artillery, truckloads of troops, marching infantry, and 400 planes flying overhead. Despite this panoply of power Hitler reportedly was furious at the performance of his armies, and it was a signal of his displeasure that he left Vienna soon after the parade was over. M. He had spent barely twenty-four hours in Vienna, and only seventy-two hours had passed since his car had crossed into Austria on Saturday afternoon. 41 What vain hopes they would prove.