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Schwarzenegger admits to admiring Hitler’s speaking skills in new memoir

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has long combated rumors alleging that he praised Adolf Hitler. Inhis new autobiography, "Total Recall," the former California governor admits to praising the Nazi leaders speaking style but says he always opposed Hitler's policies.

"I philosophized that only a few men are born to lead, while the rest of humanity is born to follow, and went from that into discussing history's great conquerors and dictators," Schwarzenegger writes in his book. "I admired Hitler's speaking ability, though not what he did with it."

Speculation and criticism over Schwarzenegger's 1977 seminal bodybuilding film, "Pumping Iron." The Hitler exchange was ultimately edited out of the film by director George Butler. While acknowledging the exchange, Schwarzenegger says it was essentially a ruse often employed by the actor, 65, to draw attention to himself.

"Coming up with outrageous things to say was easy because I was always thinking them to keep myself entertained," he writes in Total Recall.

Nonetheless, the Schwarzenegger camp takes issue with the way the quote has been framed by theNew York Daily News, in a story titled "Arnold Schwarzenegger admits he once expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler after publicly denying it for years."

"This is a totally misleading and irresponsible headline," Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Ashley Robinson said in a statement provided to Yahoo News. "The governor wrote about something he said over 30 years ago that was reported countless times during his election for governor, that he had strong oratory skills that were abused for power. The headline is a shameless, reprehensible attempt by a tabloid to get attention and web traffic."

During Schwarzenegger's first run for governor of California in 2003, Butler quoted the actor in a book proposal, citing a transcript from "Pumping Iron," during which he asked Schwarzenegger to list his heroes.

"I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power," Schwarzenegger reportedly said at the time.

However, the Schwarzenegger election campaign pointed out in 2003 that the full transcript of Schwarzenegger's quote shows he clearly distanced himself from any alleged "admiration" of the Nazi dictator.

"Yes, in Germany they used power and authority but it was used in the wrong way," Schwarzenegger said, according to Butler. "But it was misused on the power. First, it started having, I mean, getting Germany out of the great recession and having everybody jobs and so on and then it was just misused. And they said, let's take this country, and so on. That's bad."

Schwarzenegger has been actively involved with pro-Jewish and pro-Israel groups over the years, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/schwarzenegger-admits-expressing-admiration-hitler-memoir-190128101.html

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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JuneH
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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you're a little off track. I don't think you are going to find anyone arguing against you that the holocaust wasn't a bad thing. really, not a one, pretty sure. I think we can agree it was not a good thing, to put it mildly.


(sorry 'bout the double negative)

Quoting lga1965:

 first they sent them through the "showers", naked, long lines of them and then they went to the ovens. I have photos we took of the ovens with my 3 year old daughter wearing her Minnesota Gopher sweatshirt and jeans standing there and looking so sweet...in front of the crematorium. She didn't know what it all was and she was too young to remember. But I sure do.

billsfan1104
by Jules on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I remember them. I remember the ash that was there and was wondering if that was someone. I remember the railroad tracks and that stupid sign n the wrot iron fence "arebeit macht frei".

Quoting lga1965:

 first they sent them through the "showers", naked, long lines of them and then they went to the ovens. I have photos we took of the ovens with my 3 year old daughter wearing her Minnesota Gopher sweatshirt and jeans standing there and looking so sweet...in front of the crematorium. She didn't know what it all was and she was too young to remember. But I sure do.


Quoting billsfan1104:

Not many people know, but its the second worst concentration camp and they didnt use the gas chambers.


Quoting lga1965:


 I will never forget it either---we were there in the fall of 1971.



Quoting billsfan1104:

I agree with this. I have been to Dachau several times. I remember watching the movie they had there. The Americans who liberated the camp, made local residents walk through the camp and view the piles of bodies.
What I remember the most is several pictures of this one Jewish man. He was in a room, and they kept playing these high pitched sounds, until his ear drums burst and he collapsed. They wanted to see how much the eardrum could tolerate. The sadness in his eyes, still haunt me to this day and that was 25 years ago.




Quoting lga1965:



 wow, I did. I lived in Germany for a total of 7 years. I also went to the musuem at Dachau concentration camp, saw the ovens, saw the bunks,  and heard a priest lecture and I saw the photos and learned a hell of a lot. Have YOU?Doctors helped use the Jews in medical experiments to earn extra money. ( Craniotomies with no anesthetic) ,seeing how long they could live naed in snow in the winter, among other things. Ordinary Doctors from town.People in homes near Dachau saw the smoke and knew, But they ignored it.




Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Wow.... Read a book.





Quoting lga1965:




 The Germans were like amoral,unprincipled puppets. WHen he spoke about how they would prosper and how their country would be great and rich again, they listened because MONEY was all they cared about. And when people saw the concentration camps being built and saw the smoke from the crematoriums ( the ovens where Jews were burned) , they turned away and let it happen because of their alegiance to the puppet master who would bring them a better economy. Sick stuff.





 



 


 

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lga1965
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM

 NOTHING? LOL. wow.I know more than lots of Americans do about the whole Hitler killing Jews era..pardon me for not actually BEING a German. I know there were many good people in the resistamce. I know the Dutch people also did a whole lot to help hide Jews. I realize that. And ,of course, they were afraid but the brave people at least tried.

I do know something. But you say I "know nothing",OMG.You are a bit dictatorial and harsh yourself, lady.

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Ummm I AM German. So congratulations on your history lesson. You still know NOTHING about what the German people were like. They were scared into submission, if you disagreed with him or spoke out against him, awful things happened to you, your family, the people who employed you etc. The entire country was forced into poverty and starvation to show their strength. The people they should be able to count on, their police, their government, their politicians, were all playing a part. Propaganda was huge and many genuinely did not know what was really going on. They new it was bad, but not like that. And again, the ones who did could not speak out. Germans controlled Germany, Austria, Bosnia, not to mention the allied Italians. What were they supposed to do? He wooed them into power with his words of power and redemption and rebuilding, by the time it started to go bad, it was too late. There were resistances, people who laid down their lives to hide those sought out, spys, coups, what more did you honestly expect them to do with zero money, zero resources, and the only backing they could get hadn't made it to them yet? Again you know NOTHING.


Quoting lga1965:

 wow, I did. I lived in Germany for a total of 7 years. I also went to the musuem at Dachau concentration camp, saw the ovens, saw the bunks,  and heard a priest lecture and I saw the photos and learned a hell of a lot. Have YOU?Doctors helped use the Jews in medical experiments to earn extra money. ( Craniotomies with no anesthetic) ,seeing how long they could live naed in snow in the winter, among other things. Ordinary Doctors from town.People in homes near Dachau saw the smoke and knew, But they ignored it.


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Wow.... Read a book.



Quoting lga1965:


 The Germans were like amoral,unprincipled puppets. WHen he spoke about how they would prosper and how their country would be great and rich again, they listened because MONEY was all they cared about. And when people saw the concentration camps being built and saw the smoke from the crematoriums ( the ovens where Jews were burned) , they turned away and let it happen because of their alegiance to the puppet master who would bring them a better economy. Sick stuff.



 


 

Paperfishies
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Hitler was a vet charismatic speaker. I agree with ahnuld.
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JuneH
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Isn't that Auschwitz?


And the sign got cut in two after stupid people stole it!

Quoting billsfan1104:

I remember them. I remember the ash that was there and was wondering if that was someone. I remember the railroad tracks and that stupid sign n the wrot iron fence "arebeit macht frei".
lga1965
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:32 PM

 Off track?

Okay, Arnold said that Hitler was a great speaker. . Is THAT what you want?

Quoting JuneH:

you're a little off track. I don't think you are going to find anyone arguing against you that the holocaust wasn't a bad thing. really, not a one, pretty sure. I think we can agree it was not a good thing, to put it mildly.

 

(sorry 'bout the double negative)

Quoting lga1965:

 first they sent them through the "showers", naked, long lines of them and then they went to the ovens. I have photos we took of the ovens with my 3 year old daughter wearing her Minnesota Gopher sweatshirt and jeans standing there and looking so sweet...in front of the crematorium. She didn't know what it all was and she was too young to remember. But I sure do.

 

JuneH
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:33 PM


breath.


Quoting lga1965:

 Off track?

Okay, Arnold said that Hitler was a great speaker. . Is THAT what you want?

billsfan1104
by Jules on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Dachau had one too. I think most of the camps did. It was a lie they told the Jews. "Work makes one free".

Quoting JuneH:

Isn't that Auschwitz?


And the sign got cut in two after stupid people stole it!


Quoting billsfan1104:

I remember them. I remember the ash that was there and was wondering if that was someone. I remember the railroad tracks and that stupid sign n the wrot iron fence "arebeit macht frei".

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JacksMom1221
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Hitler was actually a great speaker. He was charismatic, well spoken, intriguing to the crowd, he got them riled up and energized. It's just a shame he went the wrong direction with his leadership skills.

Eta: I was afraid this post would get hijacked off the original topic.
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Luv.My.Kidz
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:39 PM

What a fantastic way to put it! I couldn't agree anymore!

Quoting katzmeow726:

   At the risk of sounding like a total nerd, I want to refer to the first time Harry Potter meets Olivander to get his magic wand.  Upon receiving his wand, he finds out the wand's twin belongs to Voldemort.  

Olivander says something along the lines of how they could expect great things from Harry, as Voldemort did great things.  Terrible, yes, but great.

I think, in a way, it is the same.  Hitler did great things, as in large and influential.  But also horrible.  Regardless of his atrocities, he remains the most persuasive speaker in history, or so I think. 

Quoting lga1965:

 Hitler's voice, posture and words were NOT characteristic of a "great speaker". I don't know how the German people could stand listening to him. I have heard him.He was insanely corrupt and his voice reflected it.



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