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Rudolf Konopa: The proclamation of the Republic in front of the parliament building on 12 November 1918, painting, 1918

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    12 November 1918

    Article 1
    German-Austria is a democratic republic. All public powers are put into force by the people.

    Article 2
    German-Austria is a constituent part of the German Republic. Special laws regulate the participation of German-Austria in the legislation and administration of the German Republic as well as the extension of the area of validity of the laws and institutions of the German Republic to German-Austria.
    (Articles 1 and 2 of the new constitution of German-Austria)

    ‘… and then Fritz Adler will proclaim the Soviet Republic of Austria. What was shameful about the affair was not so much the childishness of this arrangement as the names which were to be found in connection with it: Rothziegel, Frey, Weihrauch, Ganser, Kisch, Waller etc., all of them Jews.’ (From the diary of Franz Brandl, a senior police official)