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Object ID

2016.1.46

Object Name

Ballot

Date

4-10-1938

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Front: ‘Wahlausweis’ printed in bold at top center; Back: Postcard split it two sides, pink and purple handstamps as well as some handwritten in lines

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Hitler has promised Austrian Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg that Austria would remain independent following Chancellor Dollfuss’s assassination. Riven by strife, the government was unable to cope with the situation without offending Hitler. As a last resort Schuschnigg announced a plebiscite for March 13, 1938 on the question of independce. Only “yes” ballots were to be handed out, while “no” voters would have to supply their own ballots. Hitler sent Schuschnigg an ultimatum to postpone the plebiscite and resign. The latter complied, and Hitler and his army entered Austria. The propaganda campaign was quite successful. This document-registration card to incorporate Austria into the German Empire for the plebiscite on April 10, was printed after the Nazis had already invaded Austria.

Dimensions

4 1/8 x 5 3/4"

Keywords

Austria, Kurt Schuschnigg, Registration, Card, Ballot, Plebiscite

German Occupation Austria Plebiscite Ballot - Registration Postcard

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