The following is a speech given by Kitty Wirthman, an elderly Austrian who lived through the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Her commentary seems fairly accurate and is accepted by her contemporaries from Nazi-dominated Austria as well as by knowledgeable family members who recounted similar stories.
The Left viciously attacks her as if she had made up all that she recounts; oddly, the bulk of what she states is verified by accepted historical accounts.
Originally, Snopes and other "fact-checkers" admitted that her background was as she described, but they later condemned her for "distorting history", i.e., providing her account of what she witnessed first hand during the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich.
This is an account that should be passed along to students, i.e., from grade school through graduate school -- and to teachers as well. We've taken the liberty of highlighting topics, as well as providing links to parallel processes in today's political environment.
The Austrian people elected Hitler by 98% of the ballot box.
How could a Christian nation, almost 98% Catholic, elect a monster like Hitler?
The truth is, at the beginning, Hitler didn’t look or talk like a monster at all. He looked and talked like an American politician.
In 1938 Austria was in a very deep depression.
One-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation, and if you would borrow money from the bank, you paid 25% interest.
It was not unusual that my mother would feed, on average, 30 people a day, a bowl of soup and a slice of bread. People would come knocking on the door. They wanted to work. There were no jobs. The depression was so bad that we had riots in the streets.
We had two political factions fighting each other.
The Communist Party was getting very powerful.
So was the Nazi Party.
Now when I speak of the Nazi Party, it was the National Socialist Party
-- that is where the word Nazi came from.
So we heard Hitler speaking in Germany. Germany had full employment. They had law and order and we had riots in the streets, and in Germany, people had a high living standard. They all drove the Volkswagen -- the "Peoples' Car" and there was never anything said that anyone was being persecuted.
So when we had that unbelievable unemployment and the people were getting so desperate, they petitioned the government for a plebiscite for an election, and that’s when we elected Hitler by a 98% of the vote by means of the ballot box. So we got a new government, National Socialism, Nazi government. Of course, we had no idea what that would be. We just thought we were all going to have a high-standard of living like Germany.
Hitler promised us that we would have full employment, and he would feed the poor people. The Red Cross came in. Everybody was being fed. Everybody got something, and we were so grateful. We thought Hitler was our savior.
Oh yes, and he was a very good orator.
He gave very good speeches
[... and we’ve heard great speeches here too? Haven’t we?].
Everybody was appointed, from the school board, the county commission, the city commission to the legislature and to the governors.
Hitler said, "the best people are being appointed. We only pick the best people"
and we trusted him. We had no more elections – none whatsoever.
We also had “Regionalism.”
Regionalism is to centralize the government.
Centralization is Socialism.
So Hitler said, we have to merge our seven states into four. That will save money and we would only have four governors. And, we thought that was a good idea.
As a lobbyist in South Dakota, I found a bill – three times – to consolidate our 66 counties into 15. That’s centralization. That’s Socialism. The idea is to take away LOCAL CONTROL.
With our new government, we got a lot of new laws.
We got the Equal Rights Amendment, a very good law, we thought. Equal Rights for women.
[Haven’t we heard that here too?]
1) Economically, to redistribute the wealth of the country, and
2) Socially, to get all the women into the workforce, into employment.
By redistributing the wealth, we had massive welfare, because we had a guaranteed income.
The government required that everybody be equal.
Those who worked hard paid 70% taxes, and those who didn't were getting the equal income like those who worked hard.
That’s called Socialism.
The Moms were in the workforce.
What do you think happened to the children?
Hitler had an immediate remedy: --- child daycare centers so the State raised our children.
Also, education was socialized – quickly, literally overnight. [Common Core?]
I was 12 years old. I was in 6th grade. I walked into my public school classroom – we had an excellent school system. We prayed in public school and we also had religious education twice a week. That all stopped overnight. I walked into my classroom March 13, 1938. The crucifix was gone and there was Hitler’s picture, with the Nazi flag on each side.
Our teacher said, “...today we don’t pray anymore, we sing Deutchland, Deutchland Uber Alles” [Germany, Germany Above All] – the National Anthem, and she said, “we don’t have religious education anymore either; we have physical education instead.”
And on Sundays there would be National Youth Day and that would be compulsory – everybody had to attend. If our parents wouldn’t send us the first time, they would get a very stiff letter of warning; the second time they would pay a fine of the equivalent of $300 and the third time we didn’t attend, meant jail for our parents.
We couldn’t go to church anymore.
The first two hours we had political education. Today I call it Political Indoctrination. We were being told not to listen to our parents. They were old-fashioned, didn’t understand the youth – only Hitler did. We were being totally indoctrinated. The rest of the day we had sports. We got all the equipment free. We got tennis rackets, golf clubs and the boys of age 16 got motorcycles so they could form a motorcycle squad. They were taken out to the airfield to fly gliders.
You can imagine,
at the end of the day we went back and told our parents how wonderful Hitler was…
We argued with our parents all the time.
We said, “look you don’t know anything. You are old-fashioned. You don’t understand us."
They put a ridge between us and our parents.
My good mother, when my next school term came around, announced that she would take me out of these horrible public schools. She would enroll me in a private school with an excellent curriculum, but no fun. She packed me off and as we arrived at that big school with the 8 foot wall around it, and an iron gate, I bid my mother goodby and I almost hated her. She was a wise woman.
She said, “one day when you grow up you will realize what I am doing for you.”
Needless to say, if my mother had not done that, today I would be a radical Marxist. On holidays I would go back home and visit my friends, and I did not like what I saw. Girls of age 16 were pregnant – to have babies for Hitler. Oh, Hitler wanted lots of babies. The lifestyle was very, very loose.
-- and then he nationalized our radio station.
We were told that if you listened to a foreign radio station it was a capital offense. You don’t turn on Swiss radio or BBC. We only had one voice – the government.
Newspapers were censored before they hit the street.
Hitler also looted the banks and then he nationalized our banks.
Then he nationalized our only car industry. [General Motors is now owned by the government]
Austria produced a little car, a little bit bigger than a Fiat. Hitler said we don’t need a Fiat, we have the Volkswagen.
|ObamaCare is National Health Care|
Before Hitler, we had an excellent healthcare system, privately insured. We had good doctors, good hospitals. We had a lot of good research. That all stopped. It was free for everybody.
I remember my brother-in-law was a family physician. He told me that when he would go to office at 8 am, 40 patients were waiting for him to care for. People went to the doctor for everything and anything. He said it was like practicing medicine on a conveyor belt. He could barely take enough time for some patients because he was totally government controlled.
The government took away free enterprise, salaried the doctors and the hospitals, and many, many doctors left the country, because if you would need elective surgery, no emergency, you waited 18 months for a hospital bed.
[A bit like Canada's health system today]
Many doctors, including my own husband who did not want to practice medicine like his own brother had to, came to the United States. He marvelled how wonderful our health care is, how wonderful our research is and how wonderful and modern our hospitals were.
He said, “I hope [the U.S. system] it will never end up socialized medicine."
The un-elected bureaucrats were writing all the rules and all the regulations. That’s Socialism.
A lot of it applied to the farmers. The bureaucrats would go onto the land and tell the farmers what to plant, and how much he had to harvest. They counted livestock and determined how much had to be turned into the government because our food was being rationed. God help the farmer who butchered a pig for himself – would surely go to jail. Bureaucrats counted the chickens and decided how many eggs they had to lay.
Hitler wrote a book, My Struggle, Mein Kampf.
Very few people read it. Had we read it we would have known what was coming, but the people were so busy with sports (that was everything – atheletic events were everything), but people did not read, and they did not read his book.
We had a lot of abortions, which were highly illegal as Hitler wanted a lot of babies, but if both parents were not 100% Aryan, you know, the Master Race, the mother was selected to have an abortion. Can you imagine being forced to have an abortion?
|Hillary: I admire her enormously, her tenacity, her vision|
In my last year in college, I was sent to a small village in the Austrian Alps. The village was very isolated by the mountains and in the wintertime the mountain passes were closed because of snow.
In that village, the people would intermarry, and we know by genetics that a lot of offspring were handicapped. In that village, there were 15 of them.
One I knew very well, Vincent our janitor.
He could not speak well, or read and write, but all these people did good manual work, so one day the government came to the families and asked if they would like to send these people to an institution to learn how to read and write, or a trade, like basket weaving. Gladly the parents signed the papers. Off they went.
I remember that morning. I saw Vincent and all those people going into the Health Department van and they were taken away and I thought they were going for an outing. I asked my Principal and he said, no, they’re going into an institution to learn how to read and write. I said “Oh that”s wonderful.” Six months passed. The letters came back to the parents that they died a natural and merciful death. They were all in excellent health when they left. Why should they die within six months?
The news traveled very fast in the village that they were being euthanized. [FEMA Camps?]
|We're DHS, and we're her to PROTECT you!|
You didn’t know who they were, but it went like this: since our food was all rationed, if someone in your family died, like Grandma, you quickly took that coveted pound of sugar – you quickly went to the grocery store and got that sugar.
The next day the Gestapo would knock on your door.
They said “We know you got that pound of sugar instead of turning in that coupon, as the law says you must do, so you have to inform on your neighbor, your boss, your friends, everybody you know. You have to come to our office once a week and if you don’t do that, then we will arrest you.”
That way, they had a network of informers.
We didn’t trust the mailman. We couldn’t trust anyone who came to our house, and if we talked politics, we whispered.
We were deadly scared of the Gestapo because people disappeared all the time.
We also had gun registration. [and, we routinely hear from Obama on Gun Control]
|"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."|
“guns are very dangerous.
Children are playing with guns. Hunting accidents happen and we really have to have total control – safety. We have to trace criminals and the only way is by the serial number of the gun.”
We dutifully went to the police station and we registered guns.
Not long after registering our guns, they said
“No, it didn’t help. The only way we can prevent accidents and crimes is for you to turn-in your guns at the police station, and then we won’t have any crimes or any accidents.”
If you didn’t turn in your guns – capital punishment. So we turned in our guns.
Hitler also nationalized our churches.
He said those beautiful cathedrals need a lot of upkeep and restoration and there’s not enough money coming in by private donation on Sunday, so we have to have a church tax. When you paid your income tax, you paid a 2% church tax. Hitler controlled the churches. No pastor could speak out anymore.
Dictatorship didn’t happen overnight.
It took five years, gradually, little by little, we escalated up to a dictatorship.
[NSA has this task now]
In February 2009 I was driving through Washington, DC as a lobbyist and I heard President Obama say that anyone who is criticizing him should be reported to the White House, the Snitch Program.
So be careful what you say.
Our borders were being closed. Nobody could get in. Nobody could get out. We were sitting ducks. That’s what happened to us.
In November 1985 I had the opportunity to go to Switzerland to attend the Summit Conference between President Reagan and President Gorbachev. My job was to accommodate the American women who went to support President Reagan.
My other mission was to infiltrate the Communist Peace March.
I went in disguise as a horrible looking hippie. I marched with Bella Abzug, the late Congresswoman, Jesse Jackson and Barbara Boxer. As we arrived at the Hotel Hilton for a press conference, I saw a group of people there who were not at the Peace March. I walked up to a woman and asked why she wasn’t at the March.
“Well, we are all members of the German Communist Party and we couldn’t get legally into Switzerland, so we went over the mountains."
Hence, all their muddy boots and torn jackets. I asked her to tell me more about what she was doing there.
She said “We are supporting Premier Gorbachev."
I asked her what her goals were.
“First we take Nicaragua, Honduras and then we go into Mexico.”
I asked why Mexico – such a poor, corrupt country?
She said "... that is our major goal, to take back what America stole from us, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas."
"That will take a lot of people. It sounds like a Revolution."
|Providing Sanctuary to those who will rule us.|
“You Americans are so naive. Your churches are doing the work for us.”
It hit me like a ton of bricks – the Sanctuary Movement. There are a lot of churches who are bringing in illegals.
I said to her,
“Tell me, when is this event supposed to happen?”
“It all depends on who your President is. Probably 2004 but most possibly 2008.”
Look at our President and look what is happening to our borders.
When I saw on television in Los Angeles, when they marched and
they carried the Mexican flag and they trampled the US flag, I realized, they are here.
When the people fear the government, that’s tyranny.
When the government fears the people, that’s…liberty.
“Keep your guns, and buy more guns.”
America is still a Christian nation, no matter what Obama says.
God is still on the throne.
He did not fail us in Austria when the Americans liberated us and He will save America.
If America falls, there is no other refuge; there is no one to liberate us.