Page 2, 20th April 1945

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People: Wc, Frankenstein
Locations: Vienna


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SIR, Your admirable article relating to the tragedy of Austria

prompts me as I am an Austrian co send you a few notes on Austria.

The former Austrian Minister, Frankenstein, advised us to greet the

Russians as liberators We will do that if he will go personally to Vienna to greet the liberators of Catholic Austria and if he is sincerely convinced that Russia grants us selfdetermination. as we want a political democracy in Austria and not an undemocratic " democracy " which is a danger to civilisation

What value is really to be attached to such silly declarations when the common people of Austria. Poland. Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia is still denied the right to decide on their own

future ? Bismarck excluded with brutal force Austria firm Germany ip 1866. Already in 1918 the. Austrian National Assembly voted uruntimnuslY in favour of union with Germany. Article 2 of the Austrian Constitution of November 12, 1918 says • GermanAustria is a part of Germany. ,

Austria was frrst declared independent not by her own people but by the South Gerrrram Treaty of 1919. Long before Hitter, the Austrian Government had destroyed Austria's potential unity and will to independence. To declare for the second time Austria independent without knowing the will of the population creates again a dissatisfied State. Civil war and misery will follow and we will see the end of a Christian Austiia.

We Austrians must be allowed after the destruction of Nazism to decide for ourselves whether we want again the Austrian State of 1919 or not. Austria's place in Germany cannot be

• aken for ever by Russianised Germany. Wc should replace Prussian spirit with the old Chris-e'en and true German spirit of Austria. In our times peace. reconstruction, economic prosperity, social welfare and security are indivisible in this world. We need impartiality of the right sort if any system of iustice is to be established in the world.


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