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- Austria : Federal republic in central Europe (population c. 8.2 million; capital Vienna), bordered to the north by Germany and the Czech Republic; to the south by Italy and Slovenia; to the west by Switzerland and Liechtenstein; and to the east by Hungary and Slovakia.
- Pan-German nationalism : A movement significantly beginning in the 19th century, and becoming a major point of Nazi doctrine, to have all German-speaking Europeans in a single country
- Adolf Hitler : (1889–1945) Politician in Germany; became 1921 Nazi Party leader, 1933 Reichskanzler (Chancellor), then 1934 as der Führer dictator before and during World War II.
- Kurt Schuschnigg : Add brief definition or description
- Artur Seyss-Inquart : Add brief definition or description
- Reinhard Heydrich : First commander of the RSHA of the SS, then Nazi Protector of Bohemia and Moravia until his assassination
- Mauthausen Concentration Camp : A large system of concentration camps and subcamps in Austria; Mauthausen was the original camp; many deliberately killed but principally by starvation, overwork, beatings, and hurling into the rock quarry run by the Deutsche Erd- und Steinwerke GmbH
- Wilhelm Keppler : State Secretary for Special Assignments, Reich Foreign Office (1939-1945); war materials expert and economic adviser to Adolf Hitler (1932-1938); defendant in Ministries Case (NMT)
- Benito Mussolini : (1883-1945) The Fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 until 1943; as part of the Axis alliance, he led his country into war against France and Britain in 1940, and against the United States in 1941. Italy had agreed to protect Austria
- Hermann Goering : prominent Nazi politician, effectively #2 in status for most of the war and Commander-in-Chief of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) during WW II. Sentenced to death by the International Military Tribunal (Nuremberg) but committed suicide shortly before execution Goering assured the Czechs, who might have intervened, that they faced no threat from Germany