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Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by tacmotusn, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Subject: Austria in 1938 -- Land of "The Sound of Music" Story. PLEASE READ

    Please take the time to read this one....Interesting, first-hand

    The author of the following article, Kitty Werthmann, grew up in
    Austria and lived through the Hitler regime both before and after WWII,
    and the suppression of human rights and freedom by the Nazi Party. She
    moved to the USA and became a citizen in 1962. She is 83 years old and
    lives in Pierre, South Dakota where she has written and spoken
    extensively about the danger of loosing our freedoms. The following
    article is one of many that she has written. You can check out this
    info for yourself on the Internet by going to Google and searching for
    Kitty Werthmann.
    google isn't hard to use, but I am getting questions so here are some links;


    Alex Jones and Kitty Werthmann on the Rise of Fascism#




    the last link is where her recorded CD is available (not free) that she talks about on Alex Jones program.
    Believe it or don't. I personally believe she and her story is real.

    America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World.
    Don't Let Freedom Slip Away!

    By: Kitty Werthmann (An Austrian who witnessed what took place
    under Hitler)

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

    I am an eyewitness to history. I can tell you that Hitler did
    not take 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 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

    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

    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

    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 live-stock, and 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

    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 after-wards, 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, preteen 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 Away.

    "After America, there is No Place else to Go!"

    Count what you have seen taken away in your life time from removing
    religion from schools to registering guns. Our County will not be taken
    away as quickly as Austria was, but so much has already been taken, and
    since it is small step by step.......most don't have an issue with it.
    Once it is gone it is gone for good. You may get tired of continually
    receiving emails of those fighting for all these different issues....but
    the above true story is what happens when enough has been given up, and
    the right leader gets in control. In our case it will probably come
    from a muslim leader after we have no way to defend ourselves, AND since
    we have to remain politically correct, we will not object when a
    candidate runs, who is obviously against our best interest, but is
    popular in the media....that mind set has to change and we must do what
    is best for this Country and our childrens future in it.

  2. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    This is both enlightening and frightening at the same time.
    This is where we are today and I believe it is were we are headed....in the not so distant future.
    Things must be changed, to stop the growth of this cancer on our country.
    Thank you for this post.
    I am copying it and emailing it to everyone I know.
  3. Bluelew

    Bluelew Monkey++

    Dang, thanks for sharing that, I too am passing it on............
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I was recently asked to verify where this info came from...
    I was unable to re-trace it to the source...help!
  5. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Good info, and I would like the source as well.

  6. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Links gleaned from google as suggested in the original post first paragraph are now added to the first post right below that same paragraph. I am a little disappointed it seemed necessary to do this for you. But, you are welcome anyway! Hope this clears it up.
  7. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Sorry to say, but there are those that always want to PROVE anything and everything they come across....as "IF" their paranoia ain't enough!
    Guess they want to have something to show their "superiors"....
    Seems as of late, there is a LOT of concern about what is happening within the ranks of our own mil intel group......that alone says something.
    When those that are in charge of collecting and filtering, then analyzing intel, come to question the current system/admin ......Well........
    Who's to say?
  8. Sherman

    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    passed it on, thank you
  9. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Gosh, tac... They just asked for a little help. Lighten up. :)
  10. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Maybe I came across a little harsh to you[dunno]. I do know I tried to be tactful about the subject when the first post covered the issue, and in my opinion the question was redundant. I kinda feel when you lead a horse to water on a hot day, you shouldn't have to jump on his neck and shove his head underwater to get it to drink. If my tempered response, and comment about being displeased in having to do what was already was explained was out of line..... well I guess my response to that is.... in the future I will just ignore such questions.
  11. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Sorry, but after I read the entire post and sent it off to others, I did not go back and re-read and refresh my mind about the the first paragraph....
    My bad!
    When people questioned me, I had already misplaced the information....
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