Adolf Hitler not implicated in the Dollfuss Murder
On July 25, 1934 Austrian Nazis stormed into the office of Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in Vienna, and shot him dead.
Adolf Hitler has of course been accused of plotting the assassination.
On June 6, 1994, David Irving wrote this correction of history in a letter to The Times (which they did not publish)
London, June 6, 1994
To: The Letters Editor, The Times (by fax)
THE ASSASSINATION of the Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss sixty years ago is not a good example [of Hitler's assassination policies], as the diary of Dr Joseph Goebbels, which I obtained in Moscow two years ago, shows that he was with Hitler all that day and -- while there is no doubt Hitler had approved the coup by the Austrian Nazis -- the shooting of the chancellor in the skirmish was definitely an unwelcome development. Here are some of the relevant entries (which have not been published before). The
Nazi leaders were attending the Richard Wagner festival at Bayreuth:
Sunday [July 22] with the Führer: General [Walther] von Rathenau [of the general staff, then Pfeffer [von Salomon, of the Brownshirts], [Theo] Habicht [Austrian Nazi leader], [Alfred] Rosenberg. The Austrian question. Will it come off? I'm very sceptical.
There is no archival evidence that Hitler knew of any intent to kill Dollfuss, or gave such an order.