Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
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The Extraordinary Emissary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the German Reich in Special Mission.

Vienna, July 27, 1935.
To the Fuehrer and Chancellor, BERLIN, by courier.


One year after the death of the Bundeskanzler Dollfuss.

Review and Outlook.

It seems to me to be expedient to use this incident ourselves also to draw the balance.

National Socialism must and will overpower the new Austrian ideology. If today it is contended in Austria that the NSDAP is only a centralized Reich German party and therefore unable to transfer the spirit of thought of National Socialism to groups of people of a different political make-up, the answer must rightly be that the national revolution in Germany could not have been brought about in a different way. But when the creation of the people's community in the Reich will be completed, National socialism could, in a much wider sense than this is possible through the present party organization-at least apparently-certainly become the rallying point for all racially German units beyond the borders. Spiritual progress in regard to Austria cannot be achieved today with any centralized tendency. If this recognition would once and for all be stated clearly from within the Reich, then it would easily become possible to effect a break-through into the front of the New Austria. A Nurnberg Party Day designated as "the German Day" as in old times and the proclamation of a national socialistic people's front, would be a stirring event for all beyond the borders of the Reich. such attacks would win us also the particularistic Austrian circles, whose spokesman, the legitimistic Count Dubsky wrote in his pamphlet about the "Anschluss": The Third Reich will be with Austria, or it will not be at all. National Socialism must win it or it will perish, if it is unable to to solve this task;

(signed) Papen.
Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
Office of the United States Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality
Washington, DC : United States Government Printing Office, 1946

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