The young actress Carola Hell (Sunnyi Melles) is at the beginning of her career in 1938, when Hitler invads Austria. She believes her love for the Jewish author Martin Hoffmann (Tobias Engel) will not be influenced by this. At first the couple tries to ignore the political changes within the country, but Fascism does not leave them any choice. After a novel of Friedrich Torberg, Auch das war Wien. 38 was nominated for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.