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Why did Paul von Hindenburg wrongly call Adolf Hitler "Bohemian corporal"?

Paul von Hindenburg called Hitler a "böhmischer Gefreiter". He (and others) wrongly assumed that Hitler was born in Broumov (called Braunau in German) that is indeed in Bohemia (today Czech Republic)...
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Why do central European nations use the color black as their national colors?

Wikipedia (in German) has a long and fascinating article on the history of the German national colours. Without getting in all the details, it seems that the link with the colours of the Holy Roman ...
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Why did Bavaria join Prussia/Germany instead of Austria?

Bavaria joined Prussia after the Franco-Prussian War. Prussia had emerged as the state that could defend "German" interests by leading the Germans in the defeat of France. Earlier, Prussia had beaten ...
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Could a person get from the outer districts of Vienna into the city center via the sewage system?

You are writing fiction - there is no need to be 100% accurate. The Vienna sewer system was, and still is, regarded as one of the most impressive in Europe. Although repairs from WW2 bombing were not ...
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What stood behind Maria Theresa's forestry policy?

The industrial revolution obviously had nothing to do with it. Maria Theresa reigned from 1740 to 1780; the Industrial Revolution only began in Britain from around the 1760s and didn't come to Central ...
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Why were so many female members of Hapsburg family named Maria something?

Because they are Catholic. No other reason. Doesn't matter if you are a boy or girl. It's very common practise to give children many baptismal names, including Maria. To both girls and boys. Perhaps ...
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How could a theatre be heated in 1808 Vienna?

The normal ballpark estimate of how much heat a person gives off is comparison to a 100W (sometime 120W) incandescent light bulb. The Theater an der Wien had a capacity of 2,000 in Beethoven's time, ...
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In the coat of arms of Georg von Frundsberg, where does the ostrich come from?

The arrangement of separate coats of arms on a single shield or other field is called marshalling in English heraldry. It is common to display the coats of arms of a married couple by dividing the ...
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Where did Metternich say the Balkans began?

Prince Metternich is reputed to have said, "The Balkans begin at the Rennweg". The Rennweg is a street that led southwest out of the Austrian capital, Vienna. It runs through modern Vienna's third ...
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What is the meaning of Verte! at the end of Sisi’s autopsy report?

Comparing both autopsies archived officially at (AT-OeStA/HHStA UR FUK 2790, 2791 Title: Zwei nach dem Ableben der Kaiserin und Königin Elisabeth aufgenommene legalisierte Protokolle über die ...
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Why do central European nations use the color black as their national colors?

I believe it is ultimately inherited from the colors of the holy roman empire.
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Where did Metternich say the Balkans began?

The road in question, the Rennweg, begins at the Landstrasse in the south center of modern Vienna, at the southern edge of what was then Vienna. When Metternich referred to the "Balkans," he was ...
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Was it customary for young upper-middle class women to chew gum in public in German-speaking Europe?

No, absolutely not. In the 30's chewing gum in Europe wasn't a common sweet. Chewing gum in public was considered highly impolite, to say the least. People saw it as eating in public, something you ...
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Was it common for unmarried couples to live in the same hotel room in Europe of the 1930es?

In that situation and given the presumed social status of your protagonists: impossible! Well, almost impossible and highly frowned upon, socially, but it gets even worse, for all involved. While ...
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Were there revolts in or escapes from the Austrofascist camps?

In any case there will have been "attempts" to flee. The most intriguing follow up question is then to ask whether any of these attempts would have been successful, or whether all attempts were in ...
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Are there churches that belong to the German Armed Forces?

Short Asnwer: In my opinion, it is probable that you saw the Leechkirche on Rittergasse with a Teutonic Knights cross painted on the doors, instead of a garrison church of a hypothetical German army ...
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Why was Austria given the best chunk in the First Partition of Poland, even while protesting it?

It is important to understand why Maria Theresa protested Austrian involvement. It wasn't that she didn't want Austria to succeed over her neighbours, but rather in her mind it was immoral of them to ...
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Why was Austria given the best chunk in the First Partition of Poland, even while protesting it?

Not Austria, Prussia received the 'best share' in the end. It's not about size. Neither population nor territorial size. It's purely location, location, location. In terms of strategic positioning. It ...
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What acts of violence happened during the Nazi German annexation of Austria in 1938?

Every story has three sides. One side's truth, the other side's truth, and what actually happened. Since 1933, Austria was a one-party state ruled by the Vaterländische Front, an Austrofascist party, ...
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Why did the Austrofascists fight with the National Socialists and vice versa?

tldr; Both were fascist parties fighting for power. Austrofascism was oriented on the Italian fascists, whereas the Nazis were strongly influenced by Hitler's German Nazis. Austrofascism was derived ...
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Why are Vorarlberg and Tirol part of Austria, when they are only connected to it by high mountains?

Because the House of Austria became Counts of Tyrol, and later acquired Vorarlberg. When feudalism gave way to modern states, these territories fused into Austria as we know it today. The thing is, ...
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Which countries protested against the Anschluss?

https://www.scoopnest.com/user/intlspectator/873260921212293120 HISTORY: Mexico was the only country in the world to protest Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938 https://t.co/OKb8R6COmQ "...
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Was it customary for young upper-middle class women to chew gum in public in German-speaking Europe?

The general verdict expressed in @Jos' answer is absolutely correct. It was not customary for young upper-middle class women to chew gum in public in German-speaking Europe. However, in the given or ...
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Is it true that Austrians who refused to help SS in catching Soviet POWs would not face any negative consequences?

The standard of real and genuine voluntarism, without consequence other than equivalent fatigue duties, in Jew and Slav hunting is well known and a commonplace in the scholarly literature. (Browning ...
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How do present-day Austrians look back at the 1938 Anschluss?

Your question is like asking whether Americans like Trump. The answer – in both cases – is: some do and some do not. A part of the Austrian population – disturbingly, a rather large part – think that ...
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Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ever called “Wolfi” or “Wolfie” by his wife?

The obvious place to look would be in the letters from Constanze to her husband. Unfortunately, as far as I am aware, none of these survive. The letters of Mozart and his family were collected (and ...
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Why did the delgates show up on different balconies after they signed the Austrian State Treaty?

I checked in the contemporary British press for 1955 (sadly I do not have access to that for other countries). I could find a couple of different photographs - probably taken about the same time as ...
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How did "de-Nazification" efforts by Austria's occupiers proceed after WW2?

Austrian here. My grandparents told me some stories about that time. And I read a lot about the Nazi period and denazification in Germany and Austria. Overall, the denazification process in Austria ...
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Was it common for unmarried couples to live in the same hotel room in Europe of the 1930es?

Imagine an unmarried couple in their mid-twenties, both educated (teachers). They live in Vienna of the early 1930es (before the Anschluss). That's kind of very hard to imagine, as this was ...
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