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Austria 1938 ... USA 2012?

1938 Austria

America truly is the Greatest Country in the World.
By: Kitty Werthmann (85 yrs.old)

What I am about to tell you is something you've probably never heard or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide - 98% of the vote. I've never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.
In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn't want to work; there simply weren't any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people - about 30 daily.

The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna , Linz , and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany , where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn't have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group -- Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria . We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.
We were overjoyed, and, for three days, we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.
After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.
Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn't support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education - Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler's picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn't pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang "Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles," and had physical education.

Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail. The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn't do that and she told me that someday, when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun - no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first, but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time, unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly.
As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn't exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant, if you didn't work, you didn't get a ration card, and if you didn't have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn't have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.
Soon after this, the draft was implemented. It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps. During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines. When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat. Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls;

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.
As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn't meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

"Mercy Killing" Redefined:

In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps . The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day, I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.
As time passed , letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

The Final Steps - Gun Laws:

Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

Totalitarianism didn't come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria . Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little, eroded our freedom.
After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria. Women were raped, pre-teen to elderly. The press never wrote about this, either. When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process. They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn't destroy, they burned. We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses. Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized. Those who couldn't, paid the price. There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians. This is an eye witness account.

"It's true...those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.
America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don't Let Freedom Slip A way!
" After America , There is No Place to Go"

The author of this article lives in South Dakota and is very active in attempting to maintain our freedom. I encourage everybody to read this article and pass it along. I see so many parallels in this country; are we going to sit by and watch it happen? If you don't want to be bothered, then you're part of the problem! Google Kitty Werthmann and you will see articles and videos.


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enter those two words in any search engine. The article at the top is mine. Constructive criticism is welcome. And be sure and visit the links, especially xfoolnature.org

Great article but one thing:

Great article but one thing: When Hitler got 98% of the vote he was already running the country and had outlawed all other parties.

Left vs. Right ;)

"Nonetheless, the power of the right has been growing steadily. When Germany annexed Austria in 1938, it brutally suppressed the latter's keep-left rights, and much the same happened in Czechoslovakia in 1939.
On 12 March 1938 Hitler invaded Austria, and the next day proclaimed Anschluss, the absorption of Austria into Germany. He ordered that the traffic should change from the left to the right side of the road, overnight. The change threw the driving public into turmoil, because motorists were unable to see most road signs. In Vienna it proved impossible to change the trams overnight, so while all other traffic took to the right hand side of the road, the trams continued to run on the left for several weeks. Czechoslovakia and Hungary, the last two states on the mainland of Europe to keep left, changed to the right after being invaded by Germany in 1939."


Hungary was not invaded in

Hungary was not invaded in 1939 but joined the war against the Soviet Union 1941 on the side of Germany (and changed to right driving). Only in 1944 when Hungary tried to make a separate peace it was briefly occupied by the Germans.

Also, some parts of Austria (Vorarlberg, Tyrol) were already driving on the right before the Anschluss. It was anyway planned to switch to right driving in the whole country.

UFOs are real
4 Hour Witness DVD (radar operators, pilots, scientists, military)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud49Gh9yYLs
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpHAxxRKksQ


But Hungary was a huge ally of Germany and Italy in the 30's. Hungary was in essence a fascist state.

ie. lots of trade with the Germans pulled Hungary out of the Depression.


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Hitler was regressive

When it came to women. Its quite famous that when the allies were closing in he could not continence the idea of women in the workforce. I would be interested to know when he started practicing this in Austria, his birthplace. The similarities of progressive repression are similar though.

Ask not what your Paul can do for you, but what you can do for your country - Anon.

Hilmar Von Campe

Another excellent interview of one who was there:
Long, but well worth the time.


A gripping tale and confirms what happened in other countries in Europe that had close to the same experience - as in Scandinavia where I reside. But I am puzzled why 'cheesey' ends this article with the add on IN GOD WE TRUST? Please be reminded that Adolf Hitler also played very hard on deity on his side. Every German soldier's belt buckle had the inscription "GOT MIT UNS" and that translates to about the same thing, that God was part of the team. Why can't we leave God out of this and get the arguments more 'right here, right now' and pragmatically deal with the monstrosities at hand? This 'out of earth' things just makes it all so difficult to deal with. OK?

Hitler forbade religious

getor wrote: "I am puzzled why 'cheesey' ends this article with the add on IN GOD WE TRUST? Please be reminded that Adolf Hitler also played very hard on deity on his side. Every German soldier's belt buckle had the inscription "GOT MIT UNS" and that translates to about the same thing, that God was part of the team. Why can't we leave God out of this and get the arguments more 'right here, right now' and pragmatically deal with the monstrosities at hand? "

Hitler forbade religious education for most of the country. Why? Because it interfered with his indoctrination of the youth. Major religions say: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Hitler said "Burn them in concentration camps." Any questions? What token mention of God was left was enough to trick people into following Hitler, but was not enough to show them that he was a child of hell.

Rights, Life and Liberty come from God. If you leave God out of the equation you will get speedy tyranny, because if rights don't come from God, they must therefore, come from the state. And if the state can grant rights, then it can also take them away. You see? If rights come from the same place where life comes from, from God, then no earthly government has a right to take them away.


Not in state.

Get it?



By virtue of their own existence, men and women have certain inalienable rights. Not through God. Not through the state.

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Folowling your logic Taliban is OK too? Same godly blindness there.
Mixing religion and politics has always and without exception been a lethal cocktail as you take logic and reason out of the equation and manipulators call on the deity as the truth, wether God, Allah, Jave or Odin for that matter. Of course the manipulator is the only one with connection to the truth. Comes in very handy to control the masses - as in Got Mit Uns.

You must learn the difference

You must learn the difference between God and gods. The Taliban is a group of people. Man did not make God. God made man. You presume man made God. You presume God is finite. I presume God made man. God is infinite. God is truth. Truth is absolute. This is the nature of truth. There can only be one truth. The truth will make you free.

People deceive the weak and lie. They do not seek the truth. They seek power. They seek lies. To be free is to seek truth. To seek God is to seek truth.

If truth is absolute and God

If truth is absolute and God is truth, then this means there is only one true God because it is not possible for 2 "Gods" to be true at the same time. Hitler's God was not the true God as proved by his works. Hitler worked for his self-made God and used God as a tool to deceive the weak.

We cannot leave God out of this because it was man, Hitler, who was responsible for his works.

Just because it is difficult to deal with does not mean it is not true. In fact, usually what is good and right is difficult and quick and easy is the path that leads to destruction.

Truth is only 1.

a +1 removed the -1. Thanks for the frankness. In this world of freedom of thought, speech & religion, = we should not withhold observations, become witness for truth. I canNot understand why someone would put a minus vote.

What you wrote above is confirmed in The (OT) Ten Commandments, and in The (NT) most "important teaching" of the Maseah (verse # ?).

Refer to the daily prayer services of the (ancient) nation of Israel, is =
"Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad" =
"Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our deity (God?), the Lord is One".

Even the common-sense of any sane human will lead to the same conclusion. False-hoods and errors can be many in number, but Truth is Only One.


GOTT MIT UNS means God with us. The phrase was a hold over from the days of the Kaiser. Hitler tried to get it removed from the army's belt buckles but was opposed by the General Staff who successfully argued that it was part of the German army's tradition. As the above article points out Hitler tried to remove religion from the life of his subjects and replace it with worship of the state. I believe that with/for God all things are possible. While I don't want to turn the Daily Paul into a religious discussion site I also am not willing to leave God out of it.

It's an interesting case,

It's an interesting case, because in Germany, totalitarianism came about by design.. in America, if it comes about, it'll be by a process similar to natural selection.

Well, I live in Mexico, so I don't really worry about it.

The stff I say

And my ideas get alot of positive views online. I bet I could be the American Hitler. The leader America needs. Step aside Ron Paul. I would just be a more belligerent version of Ron Paul. Like mixing Hitler, Stalin and Putin With Ron Paul. No foreign wars, pro America, friendly to other nations. Anti world trade and world government, anti communist, socialist and crony capitalism, no military spending beyond a small territorial force, I would get rid of the TSA, the FED, FEMA, DHS and legalize drugs.

I would be 100 times more power than Ron Paul.

I do not do what I do for America, or Myself...I do it for you..The Volk!

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

I have been reminded

Of why I support and love Ron Paul. Because of his non-intervention Ideal. With so many distractions and tit for tat one can get caught up in it all. Yet when all is said and done. It is our foreign policy, utter disrespect for life and liberty, EXTREMELY bloated size of our Military budget, the vicarious American love for watching things die from a distance that is finally coming back around. Hands down it IS the war machine that is and will destroy this country. It has become sick with blood lust. There will come a point where if it doesn't destroy itself it will have to be put down like a rabid dog that has become out of control.

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"

History Repeats Itself

Interesting take on what has been said already. The parallels of Nazi Germany and America now are one and the same. We need to fear for what is going to happen next. The concentration camps are the FEMA camps. The 500,000,000-five hundred million-rounds of ammunition needed by Homeland Security to use on who-us. We are already in a police state. And it is going to get worse.

Be prepared.
Stock up.
Be ready.

I posted earlier

Just wanted to shed some light on my reply



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I want to hear the story about how Austria got there.

From the beginning of her story:

"In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates."

As with all wars, WWII can be laid at the feet of the zionist bankers.

I do too. Widespread poverty is not natural-

If we have village ecomomies, huge wealth is created. Catherine Austin Fitts's great work demonstrates this. Local, local, local not global. Global is failure local is prosperity.

I believe she was probably about 12 years old in 1938

The depression in Austria was mostly a result of the 1929 Wall Street crash in the US. Also, the restrictions put in place after WW1 by the allies.

It started with WWI!

The root cause was the unbelievably stupid decisions made after WWI at the Versailles Treaty where the unbelievabky arrogant and detached US President Woodrow Wilson and the equally unbelievably arrogant and unintelligent French delegation leader Clemenceau managed to force Germany to accept retributions impossible to meet. That paired with a reckless US financial policy in the 20-ies leading to the Great Depression (nothing great about that!) paved the way for this obscure, failed but cunning Austian person called Adolf Hitler to take power.
Sad to say but the US was not the innocent bystander being dragged into this mayhem. The US and Great Britain, but even more so France, contributed to the historic events we now look back on in horror, the insane actions and the unbelievable sufferings.
I suggest you all educate yourselves and read: "Paris 1919" by Margaret MacMillan and "The Coming of The Third Reich" by Richard J. Evans. These are chilling stories you were not told in school, I assure you, nevertheless the most accurate descriptions of the historical events leading up to what we all should pray for will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!

Pray that it doesn't happen again?

Its happening right before your very eyes and is being caused by the same people, zionist central bankers. Vote me down all you want you cannot change facts. Booms and busts are caused by inflating the money supply a debasing the currency which leads to depression and war. This cycle is always caused by central bankers. The central banks are owned by zionist jews. These are facts. Here is another book to add to your reading list. "When money dies" by Adam Ferguson. The similarities to todays financial crisis is shocking. The only difference is now they print with computers.

I am embarrassed by all of those in denial here.

This lady was an eye witness. Of course you know better because you've seen the action movies, right?

If you MUST get your history in sort of "action movie" form, there are some great documentaries with footage (no doubt faked, right?) on the rise of Naziism available on Netflix.

Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it. And that wouldn't be so bad but it looks like you want to drag the rest of us back to repeating it as well.

Oh I wouldn't be embarassed

..even though it's curious as to how "off topic" many of these posts tend to become.
Does America have an attention-deficit-disorder?
ANS: It would seem so by some of the comments/replies.

(I'm sure to be downvoted for that statement, but here goes.)

It seems obvious that the intended focus of the OP is meant to be more relevant to your statement re:
HISTORY- LESSONS to be learned from it's study, etc.

But because, it seems, the interpretations of this story so differ from poster to poster, one must conclude thusly:
(a) They aren't really "reading" the firsthand account.
(b) The conclusions posted are "off on a tangent".
(c) There is an agenda to:
(i) Tie Religion into this story
(ii) Use the story to argue an aetheistic pont.
Whether all the above is done to "play" with our heads, or possibly that reading comprehension is lacking for many has yet to be determined......I won't be the judge on that.
But I, nor you, are to bear the brunt of anyone else's opinion, no matter how "outlandish" it may seem.
These are opinions...there are different reasons these opinions are posted here.......and lastly...in all humility, I assert this:

OPINIONS are like AZZHoles...Everybody's got one.
That's me....you...and everyone else.

I AM grateful for this story...It's a warning for all of us.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!


This sounds like a good story, but how do we know that the facts are true? For example, about Hitler marching in to Austria with tanks and troops. Did he take really take it by force or some other reason such as that of Kitty Werthmann?