"Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say: even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier (into Austria) there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators."
• Adolf Hitler commenting on the Anschluss
The Heldenplatz (German: Heroes' Square) is a public space in front of Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. It was the principal palace of the Habsburg dynasty, the imperial rulers of Austria until 1918. Today it is the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
The platz contains equestrian statues of two Austrian heroes: The Archduke Charles of Austria and Prince Eugene of Savoy³ (pronounced: Prince "oy-gen", with a hard 'g'). Historically it was as a parade ground for marshaling troops, and a location for right-wing rallies, as well as speeches by Austrian's own fascist dictator Engelbert Dollfuss, but is now closely associated with only one man, Adolf Hitler.
On March 15, 1938, after the completion of the Anschluss (the forced annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany), Adolf Hitler announced to some 200,000 cheering Austrians gathered around the Heldenplatz, "The oldest eastern province of the German people shall be, from this point on, the newest bastion of the German Reich", this was his "greatest accomplishment" and "As leader and chancellor of the German nation and Reich I announce to German history now the entry of my homeland into the German Reich."
After concluding his speech, Hitler exited the Heldenplatz through the Outer Castle Gate¹ to attend a military parade.
March 18, 2018