About the claim that the support for the Anschluss was going down,claim without proof,I found 2 examples that it was not going down :Lamarck wrote:Sid,
Are you actually going to cite some sources to support your statement that the popularity of the Anschluss dwindled during the 1920s and early 1930s?
You claim the Nazis "massively rigged in multiple ways" the referendum. Can you please elaborate on this statement?
I've not read a single book that claims the referendum was "massively rigged". On the contrary, occasional rigging is certainly plausible to believe but it wasn't necessary because the vast majority of Austrians supported the Anschluss. The exclusion of certain groups totaled only a tiny amount of Austria's population in 1938 and even if every single Jew, Gypsy, etc, had voted "No", it would have made very little difference to the overall result. The Nazi campaign leading up to the Anschluss referendum was nothing out of the ordinary, all political parties and governments use propaganda and coercion when trying to get people to believe in their beliefs. As ljadw rightly pointed out, in 1938 Hitler had the image of doing a lot of good for Germany, why would the Austrians not be in favour of a native Austrian offering the union between their country and Germany? It's a no-brainer really. During the Anschluss, Hitler's Austrian origin was used as an advantage, along with the concept of Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer – "One People, One Empire, One Leader".
I've already presented you with evidence that the Schuschnigg plausible support of two-thirds of the Austrians support was quickly changed to two-thirds of the Austrian support for the Nazis since Hitler had managed to quickly make thee Catholics and socialists endorse the Anschluss. Read the quote I have posted on this page. The two-thirds support was also more rigged than the Nazi referendum result.
You claim that ljadw is not interested in "dispassionate analysis of the evidence", yet when you are presented with evidence that proves your assertions to be wrong you either ignore it or dismiss it. Practice what you preach!
Stop going around in circles over the Anschluss.
Firstly, the Nazis had the support of a guaranteed two-thirds of the Austrian support because the Catholics and socialists had quickly changed their minds and were persuaded by Hitler to endorse the Anschluss. Therefore, the Nazis had 66% of the Austrians support before anything else is to be taken into consideration. Secondly, the Nazis excluded from the referendum roughly 8% of the population which the average Austrian did not actually care about since Jews made up the most that were excluded because antisemitism was widely spread in Austria and was more ferocious than in the German Reich. Thirdly, there is no evidence that any sort of mass rigging took place, it is certainly reasonable to accept that occasional rigging took place. Lastly, since 66% of the support was made up by Catholics and socialists, include the Austrian Nazis, the average Austrian and others that supported the Anschluss, then it is not unreasonable to place the figure of around 80% of the Austrians supported the Anschluss in 1938. In this thread I have already posted about several historians that state a clear majority of Austrians would have supported the Anschluss with or without Hitler and the Nazis.
Even Richard J. Evans statement about a Gestapo report about the lack of support for the Anschluss in 1938 does not really change a thing.
If you have any problems with this analysis, feel free to criticise and provide evidence.
In 1927 the 80th anniversary of Hindenburg was celebrated in Vienna by 75000 people who used the opportunity for a parade for Anschluss .
A year later (1928) there was the Schubert festival and 200000 people marched through Vienna for Anschluss.
Source = Disjoined partners Austria and Germany since 1815 P 144