Austria’s “Anschluss” with Germany in 1938

The situation for German-speaking Jews had worsened even prior to the pogroms of November 1938. Known as the “Anschluss”, Germany’s annexation of Austria in March 1938 led to a considerable increase in violence and public discrimination against Austria’s Jewish population. The historian Miriam Bistrovic, who works for the Berlin branch of the New York-based Leo Baeck Institute, traces the events of these crucial few days in an article she has written for this blog. She is also one of the people behind the virtual calendar, “1938Projekt – Post from the Past”, where you can learn more about the experiences of Jews at the time of the “Anschluss”.