On March 12, 1938 the Austrian Chancellor announced to the people of Austria that an Operation Otto would begin wherein Germany and Austria would be unified as One Country, One People and One Leader.
The following morning at 5:00 AM, Heinrich Himmler marched marched through the streets of Vienna with his SS troops were met in wild welcome, flowers thrown and cheering. The operation became known as the Flower War.
Austria was in a debilitating depression and as a result of Hapsburg/Austrian war went from a powerful nation to one of little consequence. Most of the population felt that with being a part of Germany, they would again gain some of their lost power and that they would again become solvent.
This is the story of three Jewish families with powerful connections and influences and how the Anschluss affected their lives.