02:36:14 PM Oct 3rd 2013
Original entry which I removed:
- The Quisling: All the Austrians who are accepting Nazi rule are this, represented by Uncle Max and the Baroness. But the Captain refuses to budge, straining their relationship with him.
- They Just Didn't Care: In Real Life, the majority of Austrians viewed themselves (at that time) as Germans and not as their own nation. The Nazis organized a plebiscite in 1938 (the year of the Anschluss) after their invasion of Austria and, although the voting process was not free nor secret (according to The Other Wiki, "Officials were present directly beside the voting booths and received the voting ballot by hand (in contrast to a secret vote where the voting ballot is inserted into a closed box)"), the results were not manipulated. It was a true Austrian desire to be a part of the German nation, so much in fact that the Republic of German Austria, from which Austria as we know her today directly descended, tried to unite itself with Germany (but it was stopped, controversially and in direct contradiction of the principle of self-determination, by the Allies in the treaties of Versailles and Saint-German, who wished to diminish Germany's power in international relations) and, for years, both the constitutions of Germany and Austria contained provisions on the unification of both countries. In fact, the people who were opposed to the Austrian-German union were largely aristocrats such as the von Trapps, who were faithful to their old Habsburg king and were afraid to be dominated by a largely Lutheran, largely Prussian, German aristocracy (Austria was and is largely catholic, while Prussia and Austria were old rivals). Other people who voted no on the unification might have well supported unification in principle, but not under the Nazis. Still, other opponents of unification were supporters/members of the right-wing Christian Social Party and its successor, the Fatherland Front (and its paramilitary, the Heimwehr), the single party of the so-called "Austrofascist" regime, whose leader, Engelbert Dolfuss, believed the Austrians were, in his own words, "better Germans", wanted to "over-Hitler" (überhitlern) nazis and wished for a renaissance of Catholicism in Austria.
- Les Collaborateurs: All the Austrians who are accepting Nazi rule are collaborators, represented by Uncle Max and the Baroness. But the Captain refuses to budge, straining their relationship with him. In Real Life, the majority of Austrians viewed themselves at that time as Germans and not as their own nation.