What has surprised me about Austria’s role in WWII was how excited many Austrians were to have the Nazi party, and more specifically Hitler take control of their nation. I have always thought that Austria was taken by force, and they were unhappy during Hitler’s regime. The way I understand it, is that many Austrian people were looking for a leader that would improve their post WWI situation, and wanted the Nazi party to take control. These people were not Hitler’s first victims, they were willing participants. Mob mentality drove some to unspeakable acts against the Jewish people. Most were so ashamed that when the war was over, they eagerly accepted the title of “Hitler’s First Victim”.
Aleesha Paddleford, MWW Participant