After the referendum, Germany and Austria are united. United as one people on March 13.

German forces parade through Vienna, March 17, 1938. Millions of Austrians gather and cheer for Adolf Hitler and Germany. In 1919 the German members of the Austro-Hungarian Parliament voted for union with Germany. This was denied by the victors in total contradiction of Wilson’s promised “14 Points”. The idea of a union of all Germans was a key tenet of German nationalism for 100 years.

In March 1938 Hitler turned this dream into a reality.