German troops entered Austria on March 12, 1938. The annexation of Austria to Germany was proclaimed on March 13, 1938. In this German newsreel footage, Austrians express overwhelming enthusiasm for the Nazi takeover of their country.
[Shouting and cheering] I hereby proclaim to the German people and to the entire world that, at this very hour, Adolf Hitler has entered the castle of the old capital of the Reich, the keeper of the crown of the Reich, as Fuehrer and Reich Chancellor.
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