On The Anniversary Of The Nazi Invasion, This Is What Austrians Are Saying About Hitler

Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Seventy-five years after the Nazi invasion and occupation of Austria, a newspaper in country has asked citizens about their opinion of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi annexation during World War II. Jewish leaders who have been raising the alarm about anti-Semitism in Austria say the results were not surprising.

Forty-two percent said life was not all bad under Hitler, while 61 percent said they would be interested in a strong-armed leader who did not have to deal with democratic challenges like political opponents and elections. The survey, published this weekend, is getting prominent play in the media in Israel, which is home to some 250,000 Holocaust survivors. That’s half the number of survivors who arrived in the country since Israel was founded in 1948.

Reuters reports:

Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary next week of Austria’s annexation by Nazi Germany, the Market Institut poll for newspaper Der Standard found 61 per cent of respondents, mostly the elderly, liked the idea of a strong man as leader.

Many Austrians wanted a union, or Anschluss , with Germany in 1938. A few Austrians put up resistance that grew over time. In the latest poll, 53 per cent thought the Anschluss was voluntary and 46 per cent saw Austria as a victim. Forty-two per cent said “not everything was bad under Hitler” while 57 per cent saw no good aspects to the Hitler era.

Additionally, 54 percent said they believed neo-Nazi groups would succeed in Austrian elections this September if they were not banned there.

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  • What was the age group that they polled that question?

    • Kent2012

      2 thru 12…………

  • james

    Who benefits? Always play the sympathy(sacred cow dogma) card when people begin to quetion history written by the winners.

  • Linda

    Dumb sheep being led to the slaughter.

  • gracentruth

    I would say, Linda, that would be – sheared [fleeced] sheep being led to the slaughter. And then include most people in USA. Peace,

  • janet

    sounds like a bogus survey. why don’t you write something about real threats like communists and al quaida and 0bama rather than some news paper survey about something that does not matter ? and as for Hitler he had some odd admirers in the allied nations. Eisenhower took the idea for the interstate highway system from the autobahn. the space program also… etc… just because you admire one good thing about a largely bad person does not mean you accept their overall ideology.

    • Kent2012

      Hell even Henry Ford liked him, until it was more obvious that the nazi pukes were doing more than a little war party….

  • Harold

    Hitler then and Little hitler now; America better wake up!

  • As all of Europe struggles with recession and depression the past is being seen with rose-tinted glasses. The cost of war, the guilt of trying to ignore murder, the fear of the SS was staggering and those who lived through it are mostly dead. Their ‘young’ sixty-to-seventy year old children have no idea what it was like to live every day in terror.

  • Kent2012

    This is a good example why American blood was shed in Europe twice, the idiots keep eating the same $hit……..