I joked with my friends that it was nice to play the poor much trampled on Austrians on the 75th anniversary of the Anschluss (union with the German Reich in 1938)! Actually ironically Austrian soccer boasted the wunderteam prior to "unification" with the Reich, which was regarded as the best in the world and during the subsequent years Austrian clubs did very well in the Unified football league (Schalke also stood out!), which continued through most of the war!
My questions are 1 How genuine was the unification with the Reich and it was of course headed by an Austrian in Hitler, who spoke/ranted in a provincial Austrian accent? 2 What was its role in WW2, if it can be singled out? and 3 Why was it allowed to portray itself as a victim like the constituents of Czechoslovakia and Yougoslavia were, when it seems to have been quite culpable? I saw the great monument to the Soviet soldiers in Vienna (a must visit city!) and it seems that prior to Afghanistan it was the only place they ever left!
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