• Below is an array of postal material used during the Anschluss. While not every item was made specifically to celebrate the Anschluss, they still bear postal stamps or cancels related to it.


    [Below: Very early Austrian NSDAP postcard advertising a 1931 meeting in Vienna. Note that it still refers to the NSDAP as the 'Hitlerbewegung' or Hitler Movement, which it was popularly known as for a time.]


    [Below: Austrian NSDAP postcard with a defiant 'Trotzt Verbot!' (Despite [the] Ban!). This was printed in 1937, while the NSDAP was banned in Austria. This postcard was illegal!]


    [Below: A very rare early postcard from the Austrian National Socialist Party (Gau Kaertnen). Note that the NSDAP is still called the 'Hitlerbewegung' (Hitler Movement).]


    [Below: Austrian National Socialist Youth donation vignette from 1920]


    [Below: Another early Austrian related postcard: 'Unsre Fahne Flattert uns Voran!' (Our Flag Flies Ahead)]


    [Below: Another early Austria NSDAP postcard: 'From the youngest to the oldest man, the entire people advance as one team.' Published in Zittau in 1934 (canceled in 1938).]

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    [Below: Postcard celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthplace.]

    [Below: Postcard celebrating Vienna with a special Anschluss cancel.]

    [Below: Note the Linz cancel. Adolf Hitler moved to Linz in his childhood from the town of Braunau am Inn. In Linz he spent most of his youth, from 1898 until 1907, when he left for Vienna.]


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    [Below: Here's the original color version.]


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    [Below: Very interesting postcard showing a Catholic priest/monk with his foot on the back of a chained man representing Austria, beside him is a swastika shield with the motto 'Don't Forget it!']


    [Below: This postcard shows a man inserting a brick which says 'Anschluss'.]


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    [Below: This is an overprinted Austrian postcard. ]


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    [Below: Postcard resembling a voting card with 'Ja' (yes) checked.]


    [Below: 1938 postcard 'True German Greetings from Tyrol! We wish to be a united people of brothers...' This postcard called for the annexation of the Tirol region to Germany as part of the Anschluss (artist Fricker, print and publisher Ed. Lippot, Kufstein).]

    [Below: Text on back of postcard - 'True German Greetings from Tyrol!'.]


    [Below: Regional Party Day in association with the annexation of Austria into greater Germany.]


    [Below: Regional Party Day in association with the annexation of Austria into greater Germany.]


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    [Below: Postcard commemorating the 1938 vote to join Austria with Germany.]


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    [Below: Postcard 'I gave my vote to the Führer'.]


    [Below: Postcard celebrating the reunification of Austria and the return of Sudetenland to greater Germany in 1938.]


    [Below: Postcard from the German National League in Graz, urging Austria to join with Germany in the 1938 Anschluss. 'Tor auf nach deutschland!' = 'Return to Germany!']


    [Below: Postcard for the Anschluss. This is a spectacular image!]


    [Below: Postcard for the Anschluss. Another spectacular image! 'Ein Volk Ein Reich Ein Führer' written in the snow.]


    [Below: Not a postcard, but semi-related material. This is a torchlit night rally. Location unknown.]


    [Below: Postcard commemorating the Anschluss.]

    [Below: Same postcard of above, but with different font for the bottom.]

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    [Below: Postcard from Salzburg, Austria commemorating the Anschluss (publisher- Kiesel).]


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    [Below: Anschluss postcard (publisher Carl Friedrich Fangmeier, Magdeburg).]


    [Below: Anschluss postcard showing a bull knocking down border markers between Germany and Austria (publisher: Kiesel).]


    [Below: Anschluss postcard (publisher: Verlag für Kultur und Wirtschaftswerbung, Daenell & Co., Berlin, printed by Cyliax Druck, Vienna).]


    [Below: This postcard has German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian stamps on it!]


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    [Below: This postcard is titled 'The Swastika' by someone named 'Preist-Poet', circa 1928. From the Hilfsbundes der Deutsch-Österreicher (Aid Society of German-Austrians).]


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    [Below: Postcard 'And yet you have won.']

    [Below: Postcard reverse showing stamps and cancels. ]


    [Below: Postcards used during the Anschluss. Different cancel/printing differences.]


  • Below are a very rare series of postcards.


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    [Below: Postcard - watercolor by Franz Köck (publisher Leopold Stocker Verlag, Graz, card no. 7).]

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    [Below: Example of cancel found on some of the postcards above.]

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    [Below: Example of cancel found on some of the postcards above.]


    [Below: Anschluss art.]


    [Below: Commemorate envelope.]


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    [Below: Envelope from Znaim, lower Austria (Now Znojmo, Czechoslovakia) to Berlin.]


    [Below: An airmail envelope to Berlin from Vienna.]


    [Below: Envelope to Paris from Vienna - 'Every Austrian vote yes!']


    [Below: Postcard showing the destruction of the border gate.]


    [Below: Postcard showing a National Socialist shaking the hand of a man in traditional Austrian clothes.]


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    [Below: Postcard urging Austrians to vote 'Yes!' in the April 10, 1938 vote to rejoin Germany.]


    [Below: Postcard used during the Anschluss and before (it was also used in the Saar in 1935, for example), it says: 'We died for you! And you want to betray us?' The odd circle on the soldier's helmet isn't on other versions of the postcard. Although it looks like something was cut out here, strangely there is nothing there on the other examples.]

    [Below: Postcard used during the 1935 Saar status referendum (plebescite), it says: 'We died for you! And you?' Note the circle is a light reflection on this one.]


    [Below: Postcard showing Jews running out of Austria.]


    [Below: Postcard showing the portraits of Adolf Hitler, General Ludendorff, Frederick the Great and Hindenburg.]


    [Below: Souvenir sheetlet.]


    [Below: Austria/Sudetenland vignette stamp, 1938.]


    [Below: Sometimes Austrian stamps were unofficially used in Sudetenland during the German re-taking of the Sudetenland.]


    [Below: A variety of flyers from 1933. At this point the National Socialist party was banned in Austria by its leader Engelbert Dollfuss.]

    The top row:

    Trotz Verbot für Freiheit und Brot = Despite the Ban Vote for Freedom and Bread

    Second row (left):

    Trotz Verbot Nicht Tot = Despite the Ban Not Dead

    Second row (right):

    Kämpft mit Hitler für Österreichs Auferstehen = Fight with Hitler for Austria's Revival

    Third row:

    Hitler Macht Uns Frei = Hitler Makes Us Free


    [Below: 1938 postal souvenir sheet from the first Volksweihnacht Ostmark (People's Christmas in Austria). This was released by the Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) and bears cancels and also postage stamps of the WHW. On the bottom it states that this item is limited to 2,000 copies.]


    [Below: 1939 postal souvenir sheet from the second Volksweihnacht Ostmark (People's Christmas in Austria). This was released by the Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) and bears cancels and also postage stamps of the WHW. On the bottom it states that this item is limited to 2,000 copies.]

  • While not Austria, below are other examples of sheets like that above. Click to enlarge!

    [Below: 1938 Tag der Nationalen Solidarität (Day of National Solidarity) souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charities) postage stamps with Berlin postmarks.]

    [Below: 1938 Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Charity of the German People) souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] - (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Berlin postmarks.]

    [Below: 1939 Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Charity of the German People) Tag der Briefmarke (Day of the Postage Stamp) souvenir sheets with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Berlin, Munich and Leipzig postmarks.]

    [Below: January 1938 Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Charity of the German People) Tag der Briefmarke (Day of the Postage Stamp) souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Berlin postmarks. Price: 2.20 Reichsmarks.]

    [Below: 1939 Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Charity of the German People) Hauptstadt der Bewegung (Home of the Movement) souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Munich postmarks.]

    [Below: 1939 Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Charity of the German People) and Strength through Joy (KdF) souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Aschaffenburg, Wuerzburg, and Schweinfurt postmarks.]

    [Below: 1939 Tag der Briefmarke souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Breslau postmarks.]

    [Below: 1938 Grensgau Baden Tag der Nationalen Solidarität (Day of National Solidarity) souvenir sheet with Winterhilfswerk [WHW] (Winter Charity) postage stamps with Karlsruhe (Baden) postmarks.]

    [Below: This isn't a real coin, more a token, but it sure is cool.]

    [Below: 'HITLERBEWEGUNG' = 'Hitler Movement'. In the early days of the NSDAP party it was largely known as the Hitler Movement. Okay, it's not Austrian but it's friends with the coin above and didn't want to be left behind...]