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Stalin and Hitler in Vienna at the same time

March 20, 2017

Churchmouse Campanologist

In Young Stalin, Simon Sebag Montefiore writes that Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler were both in Vienna at the same time (pp. 274, 275).

The year was 1913. Although they came incredibly close to meeting each other, they never did, even when Russia and Germany negotiated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939.

Both men enjoyed walking in the park near the palace. Both saw the same street scenes, including Emperor Franz-Josef’s weekday carriage ride from the Schönbrunn Palace to his office at the Hofburg.

However, neither future dictator thought much of it. Hitler envied the Emperor’s position.  Stalin was disdainful of Franz-Josef such that he never spoke of him.

Stalin went to Vienna to meet with Lenin, with whom he had had editorial disagreements at Pravda (p. 268-269). His mind was on revolution, not exploring a beautiful capital city (p. 183).

He arrived in Vienna by way of Poland. It…

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