At 2:12 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 1933, the German Lufthansa plane D 1772 lands at Aspern airfield near Vienna.
The Vienna Reichspost, the semiofficial newspaper of Austria's Christian Social Party, had referred to the visit in a controversial
In Germany, a cabinet under Adolf Hitler had been in office since January 30, 1933, and considered itself responsible for all "German national comrades," whether they lived within or outside the German borders. The Christian Social federal chancellor of Austria, Engelbert Dollfuss, however, wanted to preserve the country as a sovereign German state and had been governing by emergency decree since March 1933. When the Nazi politicians arrive in Aspern, the vice president of the Vienna police department, Michael Skubl, approaches them and informs them in the name of the Austrian government that their visit is "not desired," but that their personal safety will be secured.
The Reichspost editorial emphasized that "the measures Austria must take on this occasion" were targeted "neither at the Reich government nor against members of a German state government, but exclusively at the attempt by foreign guests to give new stimulus to subversive and antigovernmental agitation within our own borders." Hitler, the article stated, had shown a "high degree of discretion and moderation" in international politics. "The question thus remains open as to whether he is in agreement with this journey of party-political agitation by high-ranking state officials."
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