Title: Austria 1938 (ghost of Matthias S)
created on 30 Jun 18

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1. chelydra wrote:
 Not a good likeness but maybe it catches the Austrian national team's discombobulated & doomed mood at the time of the Anschluss. Matthias Sindelar refused to play when Hitler ordered Austrian to merge with Germany. He was found dead a year later.
2. chelydra wrote:
 typo, meant to say:...ordered the Austrians to merge with Germany.
3. Normal wrote:
 Well done. Bravo for the nein-sayer, though he apparently paid for that.
4. lexa wrote:
 great choice for this showcase - i never heard of him. . . there were so many "nein"-sayers and freedom fighters back then - i hope that today we'll be able to stop our little dictator!!!
5. AFSOUTH wrote:
  Outstanding depiction or the courageous!
6. hjjr wrote:
7. katidid wrote:
 Ditto all! How soon we forget, good to have the reminders! TY
8. Mila wrote:
 waoow, well done.
9. nancylee wrote:
 Thank you for sharing this story that I did not know.
10. chelydra wrote:
 One thing that's great about the World Cup is that it offers all the adrenaline and excitement and mass hysteria of a world war, with nary a drop of bloodshed. But in 1938, the boundary between sport and war was broken.
11. chelydra wrote:
 One indication that Austria's 99%(?) approval of Germany's absorption of their country was perhaps fraudulent was the Austrian soccer team's response—they sabotaged the German team's games after they were ordered to join it, playing listlessly.
12. chelydra wrote:
 (I mean the official vote count for the post-Anschluss plebiscite was perhaps miscounted.)
13. chelydra wrote:
 I'd been wondering why 1938 was the only time the German team failed to get through the Group Stage before it met up with Mexico in 2018—that's how I came across this info.
14. priya41 wrote:
 Well done
15. fairdealing wrote:
 good one!
16. marky wrote:
 Great work and some history also,very big into history myself and well travelled in pursuit of
17. Burgandy wrote:
 Nice description of history!
18. bugoy1 wrote:
 I'm finding the history as fascinating as your drawing! :)

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