Did non-Nazi German nationalists ever set their sights on Switzerland?


Ad Honoris
May 2014
I know that Hitler called Switzerland a "pimple on the face of Europe" :

How the Swiss won the war

However, did non-Nazi German nationalists ever set their sights on Switzerland? I know that Austria wanted to join Germany in 1918-1919 and would have almost certainly been accepted into Germany had it not been for the veto of the victorious Entente Powers. However, what about Switzerland? Did non-Nazi German nationalists ever put the idea of annexing Switzerland onto their agenda?

This map shows that Switzerland is the main area outside of Germany and Austria (and I'm including the Sudetenland as a part of Austria here, since Austria did claim it in 1918-1919 before it was given to Czechoslovakia) which has a German-majority population:

Thus, wouldn't it make sense for non-Nazi German nationalists to lay a claim on it?

Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
I have not heard of any plans the Nazis had to attack Switzerland, and I doubt there were any such serious plans to do so. Aot of effort would have been required for little gain, and there wouldn't have been much point.

The Nazis didn't try to conquer Sweden, although they did conquer neighboring Norway, nor did they try to conquer Spain either. If a country was going to remain solidly neutral through the war, as Switzerland was, and they could have gotten what they needed from trade, there was little need for the Nazis to conquer. The mountainous nature of Switzerland would have made conquest very difficult, and.an invasion of Switzerland would have tied up resources they Nazis desperately could use elsewhere.

Poland was attacked becJ

At Each Kilometer

Ad Honorem
Sep 2012
"Non-Nazi German Nationalists"?

Make sense to me. Any leftist who dares to abandon their holy internationalism and goes to the other direction / starts to advocate political independence for his country / to promote his nation's interests becomes nationalist - socialist/ a nazi. Same with conservative center-right nationalists who adopt left ideas and move to the left part of the political spectrum :)

So my guess is that this non-nazi nationalists are center-right politicians.
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Mar 2015
How did 19th century German nationalists define the border between "Deutsch" and "Dutch"?
Was it seriously proposed in 1848 etc. that Germans might overthrow their monarchs and join as cantons in Eidgennossenschaft?


Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
Beside the contentious point of the Swiss speaking German rather than garble ,
the Germanic part of Switzerland are rather ferociously nationalist
Uri ,Schwyz and Unterwalden would bow to no one , ever
at a pinch they might consider the German landwers joining the confederation ,on an individual basis .... if they behave


Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
Las Vegas, NV USA
The Oxford Dictionary definition defines a nationalist as one who supports his/her nation to the exclusion of other nations.

A second definition is one who promotes the independence of his/her country.

nationalist | Definition of nationalist in English by Oxford Dictionaries.

It could fit many people. It doesn't mean they are Nazis which is shorthand for a specific historic German political party that no longer exists. (Even though "Nazi" comes from the first word (National) of the party's name.)
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