Episode 2: Architect of Armageddon
In this installment we cover the lead up to September 1939 and Hitler’s life until he joined the Nazi Party.
"You’ll recall that in episode one we discussed Lloyd George’s warning that surrounding Germany with small states, many of which contained ethnic Germans was a horrendous idea. Well, by 1934 his prediction was beginning to bear fruit. Hitler’s first target was Austria. Like most of Europe, his homeland was politically unstable and the government weak. The Austrian Prime Minister Dollfuss attempted to put a lid on unrest by banning the growing Austrian Nazi party. This had the opposite of the intended effect. At Hitler’s urging, the Austrian Nazis began a violent campaign similar to those carried out by fascists in in other countries. They were disruptive and combative, their malfeasance punctuated by an attempted coup in which 150 Nazis stormed the capital and murdered Dollfuss. If it were for the intervention of the Army, Austria may have entered the Nazi orbit right then. Instead, it would be another 4 years before Austria folded to German whims."