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Sudeten German National Socialist Party
The Sudetendeutsche nationalsozialistische Partei or Sudeten German National Socialist Party was created when the new state of Czechoslovakia outlawed the DNSAP, the "German National Socialist Workers Party". At the end of WWI, the Austro-Hungarian Empire broke up into its constituent nation states, and the new Czech-dominated government considered the Pan-German party to be offensive. The Sudeten Germans created the German Workers Parties (DAP's) that developed under the old empire in Bohemia and Moravia, and it was they who originated and gave the impetus for Austrian National Socialism. The history of this party is centred on the cities of Eger (which is German for Cheb) and Aussig (which is German for Ústí). They formed the core of Austrian National Socialism before the dissolution of the Dual Monarchy. Hans Knirsch was their leader from 1918 to 1933, when he was succeeded by Konrad Henlein.(1) The party advocated anschluss with Germany.
- The German Dictatorship, The Origins, Structure, and Effects of National Socialism, Karl Dietrich Bracher, trans. by Jean Steinberg, Praeger Publishers, NY, 1970. pp 50-54.
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