German National Movement in Liechtenstein

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German National Movement in Liechtenstein
Volksdeutsche Bewegung in Liechtenstein
Abbreviation VDBL
Slogan Liechtenstein den Liechtensteinern!
(Liechtenstein for the Liechtensteiners)
Founded 1938 (1938)
Dissolved 1945 (1945)
Newspaper Der Umbruch
(The Upheaval)
Membership 150-250[1]
Ideology National Socialism

The German National Movement in Liechtenstein (German: Volksdeutsche Bewegung in Liechtenstein, VDBL) was a National Socialist party in Liechtenstein that existed between 1938 and 1945.[1]

The VDBL formed after the Anschluss of Austria in 1938, and advocated for the integration of Liechtenstein into the Greater German Reich.

The organization disseminated its ideology through its newspaper, Der Umbruch (The Upheaval).

A slogan associated with the party was Liechtenstein den Liechtensteinern! (Liechtenstein for the Liechtensteiners!). This implied a radical populism that would threaten the allegiance of the people of Liechtenstein to ruling Prince Franz Josef II.

The inability of the party to participate in the 1939 elections (after a pact between the main parties to keep the election date a secret), combined with the drastic decrease in Nazi sympathies following the outbreak of World War II led to the demise of the party and the subsequent end to any influence the organization had hoped to achieve.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Volksdeutsche Bewegung in Liechtenstein". e-archiv.li (in German). Liechtenstein National Archives. Retrieved 18 February 2014.