Kurt Schussnigg
Historical Figure
Nationality: Austria (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire), later United States
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 1977
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Educator, Lawyer, Politician, Author of Non-Fiction, formerly a Nobleman
Spouse: Twice widowed
Military Branch: Austro-Hungarian Army (World War I)
Political Party: Christian Social (1927–1933)
Fatherland Front (1933–1938)
Political Office(s): Justice Minister of Austria,
Foreign Minister of Austria,
Prime Minister of Austria
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Victorious Opposition
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Austria-Hungary
Occupation: Diplomat
Kurt Alois Josef Johann Schussnigg (14 December 1897 - 18 November 1977) was Chancellor of the Federal State of Austria, following the assassination of his predecessor, Engelbert Dollfuss, in July 1934, until Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in March 1938: the Anschluss. While Schussnigg ruled by decree and was a supporter of a mild form of fascism, he opposed Adolf Hitler’s ambitions to absorb Austria into the Third Reich. His ultimately failed to prevent Anschluss, prompting him to resign his office. After Germany completed the annexation, Schussnigg was arrested by the Germans, kept in solitary confinement and eventually interned in various concentration camps. He was liberated in 1945 by the advancing United States Army and spent most of the rest of his life in academia in the United States. He published a few non-fiction works.

Kurt Schussnigg in Southern VictoryEdit

Kurt Schuschnigg[1] was Austria-Hungary's ambassador to the United States in the years leading up to the Second Great War. On Remembrance Day, 1941, as the Entente was regaining its power, Schussnigg gave what was viewed as a "ferocious", but incomprehensible, speech; Schussnigg's English was heavily accented. Presumably, the content of that speech was a reaffirmation Austria-Hungary's alliance with Germany and the United States, much like the speech given by his German counter-part, Ambassador Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht.[2]


  1. The spelling Turtledove uses.
  2. The Victorious Opposition, pg. 591.
Political offices
Preceded by
Engelbert Dollfuß
Federal Chancellor of Austria
Succeeded by
Arthur Seyss-Inquart
Preceded by
Egon Berger-Waldenegg
Foreign Minister of Austria
14 May 1936 – 11 July 1936
Succeeded by
Guido Schmidt