AUSTRIA: 'Spring Cleaning

As German Austria's celebration-weary populace worked hard last week to keep up the enthusiasm required by Naziism, their new Nazi officials embarked on what the Vienna Nazi press jokingly called "the great spring cleaning"—the wholesale purge of Jews, monarchists, Schuschnigg supporters, Socialist and Communist workers.

Suicides. Jailed or jobless was every Jewish journalist as Nazis took over Austrian papers, filled them with glowing reports on the new Anschluss. Carefully kept from the populace was the news that a wave of suicides had swept over once-gay Vienna, until hundreds were reported to...

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