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04-04-2024 09:22
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Die Familie Trapp (1956) with English Youtube Subtitles (click "CC" box above).

Excerpt from Maria Von Trapp's autobiographical book, chapter 8, entitled 'The Third Reich'.

"Salzburg lies on the very edge of Austria, only a few miles from the German border. But we were such homebodies that we only heard the distant thunder-like noise that was going on across the border - how Hitler had taken over the government, how he was giving more and more daring speeches - but it all seemed so far away and so unreal. The one great hardship which befell us was the bankruptcy of the bank where my husband had invested the family fortune. The bank had failed after Hitler has closed the border, not allowing any Germans to cross over in Austria. Since Austria depended almost entirely on the tourist trade, two consecutive years with no tourist was the downfall of many people and eventually the bank. We were not as hard hit as many others because we still had our big estate and many precious objects of art and a little money.

Then it happened. We were all sitting in our library listening to the voice of Chancellor Schuschnigg bidding farewell to Austria which was giving way to force. The very next thing was the German anthem and the tremendous roar of "Heil Hitler!" It was the night of the 12th to 13th of March, 1938, a date we shall never forget. Austria was wiped off the map and incorporated into the "Third Reich."

The door of the library opened and our butler came in, went over to my husband, and said, "Captain, I have been an illegal member of the party for several years," and he showed us his swastika.

This was all so overpowering and so overwhelming that it left one numb.
The very next day going into town - what a change. From every house hung a swastika flag. People on the street greeted each other with outstretched right arm, "Heil Hitler!" and one felt absolutely like on was in a foreign country.

At first we waited for the storm to blow over. My husband did not allow the swastika around the house or the new greeting or the new anthem to ever be heard. The pressure mounted and our lives were threatened by the Nazis.

So half a year passed, and then came the moment when my husband called the family together and said, "Now we have to find out what is the will of God. Do we want to keep our material goods, our house, our estate, our friends - or do we want to keep our spiritual goods, our faith and honor? We cannot have both any longer."

Then he looked at his children and said, Listen, you can have money today and lose it tomorrow. The very same day you can start all over again, and that can happen more than once to you in your lifetime. But once you have lost your honour or your faith, then you are lost."

There was no real question what God wanted. As a family it was decided that we wanted to keep HIM. We understood that this meant was had to get out. "

(Historical Note: After the escape, Maria's two oldest sons, Rupert and Werner, were drafted into the U.S. military in WWII. The chose the mountain ski troops. Both boys came home safe and sound.)
04-04-2024 10:25
This is 8 months before Kristallnacht which happened on November 9th and 10th, 1938 in Berlin, Germany. Hitler invading Poland in 1939 did not start WW II. Kristallnacht involving Judes wasn't the first act against other peoples. Austrians had their own lives threatened by the 3rd Reich if not obedient to the party.

At first we waited for the storm to blow over. My husband did not allow the swastika around the house or the new greeting or the new anthem to ever be heard. The pressure mounted and our lives were threatened by the Nazis.

Yep, any Austrian not supportive of the 3rd Reich was be targeted. The flag or lack of would determine how you would be dealt with. This would be like the Hebrew Passover when a flag with sheep's blood I think it was that had to be on it. Watch the movie The Ten Commandments. That might be where the 3rd Reich got the idea from. As Maria said;

From every house hung a swastika flag.

Yep, if you weren't loyal to the party then you'd better run, kind of like Jan. 6th;
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08-04-2024 00:59

IBdaMann, could you explain me, what is this. I have MEW in my wallet and it sits at 212 dollars. I did not buy it.
08-04-2024 15:53
My Wif bag sits at 375 dollars. I bought with 15 dollars. More than 20x with this.
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