Franz von Papen Appointed German Minister to Austria Hot

Franz von Papen Appointed German Minister to Austria

Adolf Hitler and Franz von Papen Going to their First Reichstag with Hitler as Chancellor, 1933

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Franz von Papen, former Vice-Chancellor of Germany, is appointed German Minister to Austria. Adolf Hitler tells Papen that his job is to restore "normal and friendly relations" between Germany and Austria.

Ultimately, Papen's job is to undermine Austrian sovereignty and prepare the ground for the annexation of Austria by Germany.

Despite no longer being trusted very much by the Nazi leadership, this is an important position and an important job — something that the Catholic Papen is well-suited for.

Papen even apparently uses his status as a "good Catholic" to win support for an Anschluss from Catholic leaders in Austria like Cardinal Innitzer.

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