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We hope you enjoyed watching LEGACY: Austria’s Influence on American Skiing - Part I: Hannes Schneider & His Disciples (1940 -).
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With the onset of World War II, Austrian ski instructors and racers were viewed with both suspicion and interest. Suspicion they might be Nazi collaborators, interest in recruiting them to teach ski and rock climbing skills to U.S. troops. Consequently some were imprisoned while others, a number of them self-proclaimed disciples of Hannes Schneider, were encouraged to train the United States’ first division of ski and mountain troops – the 10th mountain division. And join they did, some of them even went on to fight against their former Austrian compatriots on the Italian front.