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1) (Sourcing) When was this speech delivered? What is the purpose of this speech? April 9, 1938 and for a public vote on whether the unification should stand.
2) (Close reading) What did Hitler mean when he said, “I wish to thank Him who allowed me to
return to my homeland so that I could return it to my German Reich!”? Hitler meant that he wishes to thank God for his return to his homeland so he
could return to his German Reich.
3) (Close reading) What are 2 reasons Hitler gave for Germans to vote in favor of annexation? Hitler points out that he too is from Austria and he brings religion into the situation.
4) (Close reading) What specific phrases are designed to convince a potential voter to vote yes
on April 10, 1938? Give at least 2. …”then the coming generations shall be able to look back with pride upon this
day, the day on which a great Volk affirmed the German community.” and “ How
merciful a fate to be allowed to create this Reich today without a suffering.” Document B
1) (Sourcing) Why was this document created? To encourage Germans to vote in favor of annexing Austria.
2) (Context) When did Germans vote on annexing Austria? When did German troops move into
Austria? April 10 3) (Close reading) What specific details of the image do you think were intended to convince
voters to vote yes on April 10, 1938? Give at least 2 and explain how each one could convince people. The Hitler Salute and The salutes are in light, giving it an effect of it being a good sign. 4) (Corroboration) What images in this poster relate to Hitler’s speech?
Give at least 2 and explain how they relate to the speech. The poster makes saying “yes” seem like the right answer from the gods and also,
the people are all saluting Hitler so they are apart of his so called “Volk”. STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu Document C
1) How many questions did the ballot ask voters to vote on? One.
2) Why do you think is the circle for “yes” was bigger than the circle for “no?” They want the voter to pick yes over no so they made the circle bigger for a better chance
of choosing yes.
3) What specific details of the ballot helped to influence the voters’ choice?
Give at least 2, not including the size of the circles. The “yes” circle is in the middle of the paper and the “no” circle is on the far right of the paper. In the space below write a paragraph that answers the question:
How did the Nazi Party convince 99% of Germans and Austrians to support
the annexation of Austria?
(use evidence from all three documents in your answer)
Cite your evidence - 5 sentences minimum
The Nazi Party used propaganda to convince 99% of Germans and
Austrians to support the annexation of Austria. My first evidence shows
that Adolf Hitler gives a personal speech about the matter, which may
change citizens’ minds(Document A). My second evidence also known as
the poster on Document B shows the salute to Hitler and the Nazi Party,
which makes it seem like it is okay to vote “yes” if you agree with the Nazi
Party and their plans. My last piece of evidence shows that one, the “yes”
is bigger than the “no” circle, and two, the “yes” circle is in the middle of
the page and the “no” circle is on the far right, almost trying to trick the
voter in to only seeing the “yes” circle. STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu ...
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