External links are disabled on the kiosk. Please visit archive links from desktop or mobile devices.

Calm before the storm

No one knows what tomorrow will bring

“The streets are strangely calm, "Calm before the storm." At five p.m. there are swastika flags on display on some buildings (Meyerzett House). According to a radio report, the Austrian government has resigned and Seyß-Inquart is said to have assumed power. Deeply upset, we are rushing home from the shop.”


Adolph Markus lived in Linz, Austria with his wife and two children. One month before the “Anschluss” (the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany on March 12, 1938), he started keeping a diary which offers a gripping account of the growing tension. The situation was changing from day to day, and the Jews could only guess what would happen next. One day before the annexation, Markus wrote in his diary: “The streets are strangely calm. ‘Calm before the storm.’”


Follow a 24-hour multimedia reconstruction of the Annexation of Austria online at www.zeituhr1938.at

Live from March 11, 2018, 18:00 until March 12, 2018, 18:00 (Central European Time)



on the days before