German Embassy

May 14, 1933     1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

German Embassy

While the Home Guard (Heimwehr) troops, after participating in the "Turks Deliverance Celebration" (Türkenbefreiungsfeier) in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, are marching to Schwarzenbergplatz, a press conference is underway in the German embassy at Metternichgasse 3. At around 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 1933, the National Socialist politicians from Germany, who arrived at Aspern airfield the previous day, make official statements on their visit to Vienna for international journalists: "We love Austria," says the Bavarian Minister of Justice Hans Frank, "and no one will ever again wrest Austria from its affiliation with Germany." 

Hans Frank takes a car to Graz during the afternoon, where he holds a speech on the Schlossberg, "in which the Austrian federal government and the federal chancellor in particular were degraded and appeals were made to resist the federal government." 

His entourage, however, flies back to Berlin from Aspern that Sunday. When Frank attempts to make a public appearance in Salzburg the next day, May 15, 1933, the police prohibit him from giving any further speeches.  After the Nazi politician is expelled from Austria, diplomatic protests are lodged both in Vienna and Berlin.

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