Austria marks 80 years since annexation by Hitler

Austria marked the 80th anniversary of its annexation by Nazi Germany, with the country’s President Alexander Van der Bellen urging young people not to be ‘taken in’ by neo-fascist and far-right ideologies.

On March 12, 1938, Adolf Hitler ordered 200,000 soldiers, SS officers and police to invade Austria, his native country, subsequently declaring its ‘Anschluss’ or annexation by the ‘Third Reich’.

A “Day of Commemoration” was held on Monday to mark the events of 1938 that changed the course of Austrian history and served as a prelude to World War II.

Asked in an interview with the ‘Kurier’ daily what future generations could learn from the Anschluss, van der Bellen replied: “Not to be taken in.”

People should not take “peaceful cohabitation, co-determination and stable political conditions for granted,” he warned.

“These things can change.”


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