Did the Germans care that Hitler was Austrian?

Feb 2018
50
England
#1
I have heard that he was sometimes called the "Austrian Corporal" but did it not bother the majority of Germans that Hitler was Austrian by birth?

I thought the Germans would have found it slightly strange that they were being ruled by someone who was not German.
 
Nov 2017
866
Győr
#2
I have heard that he was sometimes called the "Austrian Corporal" but did it not bother the majority of Germans that Hitler was Austrian by birth?

I thought the Germans would have found it slightly strange that they were being ruled by someone who was not German.
Did the British care that Churchill had American mother?
 
Feb 2018
96
the Map Room
#3
The huge jobs programs that Germany undertook when Hitler came to power greatly endeared him to the nation. People began feeling hope, a chance of upward mobility, prosperity and the future seemed bright. Heck, he might as well have been from another planet and he still would've been loved, at least before the outbreak of the war.
 

Davidius

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Dec 2010
4,966
Pillium
#4
Given the degree of enthusiasm in both countries for the Anschluss I don’t think it bothered the Germans one bit.
Hitler was seen as a Germanic, as opposed to German, leader and both countries could get behind that idea.


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Jun 2017
2,881
Connecticut
#5
You're looking at this through today's world. At the time Austria was seen as a German state with the only reason it wasn't part of Germany being that it had been the home duchy of the Hapsburg Emperors who'd once ruled the HRE and German Confederation themselves from Austria as the Prussians ruled imperial Germany. Austrians today might try to dispute this for obvious reasons and it's easy to understand them but that doesn't mean this wasn't the reality.Also important to note "Germany" as an entity excluding Austria only existed for about 70 years at that point, prior to this Austria would be seen as one of the central German states if not THE central German state.
 
Jun 2015
5,713
UK
#6
Hitler believed in a common German block, hence the Anschluss. I don't think it mattered that much. Austria and Germany are different somewhat culturally, but then they never united before due to the HRE and its fall.
 
Mar 2011
5,047
Brazil
#7
The concept of Austrian as being a different nationality than German was developed after WW2. In Austria-Hungary these were the ethnic groups:



The "Austrians" were Germans. Specifically, they were the part of Austria Hungary that was populated by ethinc Germans.

With annexation of Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia Hitler was just executing the original idea of "Germany" in 1871: a country that integrated ALL ethnic Germans.
 

pugsville

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Oct 2010
9,062
#8
The huge jobs programs that Germany undertook when Hitler came to power greatly endeared him to the nation. People began feeling hope, a chance of upward mobility, prosperity and the future seemed bright. Heck, he might as well have been from another planet and he still would've been loved, at least before the outbreak of the war.
Hitler and the Nazis did almost immediately conduct of policy of murdering political rivals, general thuggery on the streets and the confiscation of of the assets of all private clubs. There are many groups that were moved against. Women in the workforce, gays, socialists. Large numbers of people disappearing to concentration camps.

Hitler was popular and his policies to some degree helped many Germans, there were also very large numbers of Germans who were effected adversely who had good reason to fear the regime.
 
Feb 2018
9
Richmond, Virginia
#9
Given the degree of enthusiasm in both countries for the Anschluss I don’t think it bothered the Germans one bit.
Hitler was seen as a Germanic, as opposed to German, leader and both countries could get behind that idea.
Agreed

It's not much different than being a Carolinian -- you may live in NC, and your brother in SC. Ethnicity is the same.
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
8,356
South of the barcodes
#10
I have heard that he was sometimes called the "Austrian Corporal" but did it not bother the majority of Germans that Hitler was Austrian by birth?

I thought the Germans would have found it slightly strange that they were being ruled by someone who was not German.
Germany was only assembled from Germanic states in the late 1800's, it was always accepted that there were people of Germanic origin who were outside the German state, eg Austria, denmark to some degree.

german radical political ideology was far more interested in the volk than political borders, so German culture was the defining factor.

Plus in 1914 Hitler had chosen not to go with Austria but to join the German army and share 4 years in the trenches as a German. that counted for a lot.