AUSTRIA: Three Hours

It does not take long to change the fate of a nation. In Venice last week, grey and chilly in the early spring, sober, spectacled Chancellor Kurt von-Schuschnigg of Austria and his Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Schmidt sat across a table from Benito Mussolini and his Foreign Minister son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano. Three hours later the conference was over and the world knew that the restoration of Archduke Otto to the Hapsburg throne was once more postponed indefinitely, that Germany was again closer to Anschluss with Austria than at any time since...

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