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AMERICA.......Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don't Let Freedom Slip Away
American Dream 246 ^ | 06/13/10 | Kitty Werthmann

Posted on 06/12/2010 9:57:21 PM PDT by American Dream 246

I received this note in my email tonight. Please pass it on.

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

By: Kitty Werthmann

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 live-stock, 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 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 to Go"

Exercise your right to vote. We the people of the United States need to stand together to take our country back. Term limits for all elected officials.

TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: austria; elections; fascism; obama; palin; politics

1 posted on 06/12/2010 9:57:22 PM PDT by American Dream 246
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To: American Dream 246

Your post mirrors perfectly the kind of oppression and social revolution we heard about first hand from those who escaped tyranny while we were writing Pursuing Liberty.

The sad thing is that this kind of social manipulation isn’t limited to monsters like Hitler. The world still has no shortage of tyrants, who will let nothing stand in the way of their utopian dreams.

Sadder still are the people who refuse to recognize it for what it is, allowing themselves to be bought off for a pittance while dooming their compatriots to slavery or worse.

The lesson, which is ongoing - be ever vigilant for the nose of the camel under your tent...

2 posted on 06/12/2010 10:08:37 PM PDT by Tigerized (
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To: American Dream 246

Wow! That is strong. Thanks.

3 posted on 06/12/2010 10:14:14 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: nolongerademocrat

I posted that email because I realize that most of the people who understood the danger of Obama were people born elsewhere - Europe - Cuba etc...I was born in France and grew up with all those terrifying stories. Hope this post will help more US born to understand how dangerous time we are living now. Soft tiranny never stay soft too long but that’s the story of the frog in cold water - and the water get slowly warner but the frog don’t realize it - until the water boils...slowly but surely, we are moving toward fascism. But people are still pretty much asleep.

4 posted on 06/12/2010 10:22:14 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246

“greatest country in the world” does not elect Muslims to run them. Blame TV and the 5 TV networks who control the sheep/serfs/fools who watch TV.

Fox? At least 7% owned by the Saudis.

5 posted on 06/12/2010 10:45:12 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: American Dream 246

I hope everyone will read it!

6 posted on 06/12/2010 10:46:51 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Me too. And please if you can, forward it to your mailing list. Thank you :-)

7 posted on 06/12/2010 10:51:13 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246

Will do.

8 posted on 06/12/2010 11:08:52 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: American Dream 246
"Exercise your right to vote. We the people of the United States need to stand together to take our country back"

That's, exercise your right to criticize the gummint, what's left of it.

We the people of the United states need to stand together in small groups, 5 or 7, and start planning what you are going to do right where you're at to take your country back, {leaderless resistance) for it is already controlled by the enemies of our Constitutional Republic.

In case you haven't heard, the fat lady finished her song on January 20th, 2009 . . . almost a year and half ago. If you think the usurpers are finished with their dirty deeds, you haven't seen nothing yet.

And if you're still waiting for the balloon to go up, be advised that some of us saw it ascending when the chief usurper was handed the torch by a sitting president . . and that was even before the election.

So I guess you know how much your vote is worth. As long as they can make you believe your vote counts, the longer they will have to consolidate their power.

So time is of the essence. Organize, network, gather your resources. Now is the time for pledging yourselves, your wealth, and your sacred honor. The history of America has not been written yet. Don't believe the naysayers.

IMO, of course. As long as opinions are not punishable.

9 posted on 06/12/2010 11:09:45 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: American Dream 246

Hi AD 246, haven’t seen you in a while. I have read this before but it is worth a second exposure.

In case elections don’t work out (canceled, cheating, whatever), here’s a short piece that is worth reading too. It points out that, while facism, tyranny, etc. CAN happen here, there is something that sets us apart from those other examples in history:

“Some people believe that armed citizens don’t stand a chance against an army, especially one as powerful as USA. This is the BS lie all governments around the world want you to believe, but the reality is very different.

If every block in the country, USA for example, has a dozen men with fire arms, the one that doesn’t stand a chance is the military force. It’s the perfect guerrilla setup, and a general’s worst nightmare.

You can’t nuke or level every block. You can’t arrest the entire country. The “fighters” are already armed, fed, spread out, integrated and infiltrated into the military and government branches. It’s impossible to win.”

- Fernando Ferfal Aguirre (wrote a book about his experience living through the collapse and tyranny in Argentina which began in 2001)

10 posted on 06/12/2010 11:28:33 PM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Natural Born 54

Good post.

11 posted on 06/12/2010 11:44:16 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: Tigerized; American Dream 246

So true. Some of those people who lived through tyranny had a front row seat to that deceptive transition from nanny statism to soft repression to outright oppression. It usually starts under the guise of “helping” the people, generally from some other evil: bankers, corporations, capitalists, a free society. We know how it ends.

Kitty Werthman is an amazing woman. Every American needs to hear her story.

12 posted on 06/13/2010 11:59:58 AM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (
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To: American Dream 246

To late. It is all over but the shouting and the hand wringing.

13 posted on 06/13/2010 12:01:58 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Sometimes you have to go to dark places to get to the light....)
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To: Natural Born 54
Fernando Ferfal Aguirre (wrote a book about his experience living through the collapse and tyranny in Argentina which began in 2001

. Glad you mentioned "Ferfal" (as he signed his paper), I saved a copy of his paper on that, very good information.

14 posted on 06/13/2010 3:20:20 PM PDT by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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