Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club) (1869 - 1945 ; 1952 - present) is the world's largest climbing association and the eighth-largest sports union in Germany. Founded on May 6, 1869 in Munich, the association number over one thousand members before the end of its first year. The German and Austrian Alpine Clubs merged in 1873 to form the Deutschen und Oesterrichischen Alphenverein (DOAV) (German and Austrian Alpine Club), which existed until the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany) in 1938, when the organization was renamed Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV). During the war the DAV was incorporated into the National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise and continued is nationalist and antisemitic policies that began before World War I and continued until the end of World War II. The DAV was disbanded in 1945 and the Austrian Alpine Club (Österreichischer Alpenverein) held its assets as trustee. The DAV was reestablished in 1952.