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    Austria's Chancellor, imprisoned by the Nazis, details his country's involvement with the League of Nations

    Kurt Von Schuschnigg Typed Manuscript Signed. A fine content T.Ms.S., an essay entitled "Austria and the League of Nations", 6pp. 4to., [n.p., Mar. 1972] originally written during the Second World War describing the atmosphere within the League of Nations during the turbulent 1930s. He writes in part: "...Austria's participation in the League was very necessary in our own interest, because the Finance Committee of the League controlled our foreign loans. Also, we tried to rid ourselves of the annoying control of Austria's state finances trough the League and were successful in doing so in 1936..." He thought this best for the country, but "...this point of view was not shared by Hitler in our Berchtesgaden [sic] interview, when he reproached Austria for having do-operated with the League..." He also notes the problem of France's "...hysterical., and to us outright surprising, fears of a Hapsburg restoration in Austria..." What ultimately made the League a failure: "...the division into victorious and defeated nations..." Signed and dated on the last page "March 72 Kurt v Schuschnigg". Schuschnigg (1878-1977) served as Chancellor of Austria from 1934-38. He disbanded the Heimwehr and attempted to prevent the Nazi coup which immediately preceded Hitler's Anschluss of 1938. He was imprisoned by the Nazis from 1938-45. With two slight stains on the last page and the usual mail folds, otherwise very good to fine condition.

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