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28 VICTORIA STREET
March 17th. 1937.
WHAT THEY TOLD GENERAL KRAUSS.
"If, Sir, an invasion should be undertaken in the not distant future, should we or should we not have to anticipate serious resistance by your armed forces?"
"On the contrary, your Excellency."
This, quoted in private verbal reports by both participants, was the climax of the secret conversation held at OberSalzberg, Bavaria, early last week between General Hermann Goering and the Austrian Infantry General Alfred Krauss "on special mission" to Germany.
According to General Goering, who shook with laughter as he recounted this part of the episode, the "patriotic" general Krauss actually clicked his heels and saluted as he offered his assurance of the readiness of the Austrian armed forces to join hands with the invaders of their country.
From a correspondent of THE WEEK, whose name in a very different connexion is familiar to all observers of Nazi high politics, we have received a detailed account of the important confidential events attending the visit of General Krauss to Germany last week, ostensibly for the sole purpose of delivering a lecture on military subjects.
Alfred Krauss, it has to be recalled, is probably the least widely known and possibly the most influential, of all the original theoreticians of Nazi foreign policy. His book "The Importance of Austria for the future of the German People" published in Hamburg as long ago as the year 1923, contains the general lines of Nazi foreign policy and the new German imperialism laid down more lucidly than in "Mein Kampf".
There is, indeed, some ground for the belief that Krauss has to a large extent inspired the whole foreign-political thinking of Adolf Hitler, and is the real godfather of Nazi foreign-political theory.
He is at present head of the Union of Austrian Nationalist Officers, is one of the most powerful leaders of the Nazi-German attack on the present Austrian regime, and too powerful to be touched by the Government despite its perfect awareness of his activities.
On arrival in Berlin, General Krauss was interviewed publicly at the microphone by a Nazi spokesman and enabled to get off a broadcast to the effect that "we are all overcome with admiration of Hitler Germany and proud to think that Hitler is one of us, for your Hitler is our Hitler," etc etc etc. That, and the lecture, concluded the public doings.