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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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MrsErdos2011
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Hitler was a great speaker, insane absolutely but one can not deny that he captivated a massive audience when he spoke.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I agree with Arnold.

Hitler was an amazingly powerful speaker.

In college we studied some of his "speeches" as examples of strong commanding literature.

He may have been evil but he was one of the best speakers in history.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM
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People can be "great" and not be good people. People can do "great" things and they not be good things.
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

How is that different than the atmosphere we have in our country today? It's not really if you think about it. I think there was more to Hitler than a great speaking voice - sometimes in our world true evil shows it's face and many are attracted by it. Just like now,

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.


mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

this is absolutely true.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I agree with Arnold.

Hitler was an amazingly powerful speaker.

In college we studied some of his "speeches" as examples of strong commanding literature.

He may have been evil but he was one of the best speakers in history.


mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

as late as 5 years ago, I can confirm that the sign was still at Dachau and the ashes were still in the oven there. I refused to walk DS through the gas chamber there and shuffled by everyone on the tour to go back the way I came as soon as I realized where the tourguide was taking us yuck.

Quoting JuneH:

oh ok.

And it was the Auschwitz one that got stolen by the Swedish Neo-Nazi.

Quoting billsfan1104:

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".

 


lga1965
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

 Oh for goodness sake. Study more? way to make yourself feel really smart and superior. Don't use me to boost your ego.

I hated Hitler and couldn't watch the newsreels and films of him which is why I don't personally "see" him as  a great speaker. He looked angry and ugly to me and yet he was able to hypnotize the citizens and many women even fell in love with him. @@ Yes, they did.But I know he was able to convince everyone he was right and everyone believed in him because of his speeches.Students of that era say he was great, Arnold says he was. I don't have to agree just to look like I have "studied". Because I have studied.

As I have already written here, we were stationed in Germany twice in the 70's and 80's with the USAF. We went to Dachau, we read the literature, I read the book "The Diary Of Anne Frank" right after it was published in the early 1950's when I was 11. Based on this reply of yours here, I bet you weren't reading anything of importance when you were 11.

If all you can contribute here is "study more", then you haven't contributed at all. It would have been nice if you read all the rest of my replies here .....then you might have learned a lot about this subject

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Study more....

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.

 

lga1965
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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 You are right. Its disturbing.

Quoting mikiemom:

How is that different than the atmosphere we have in our country today? It's not really if you think about it. I think there was more to Hitler than a great speaking voice - sometimes in our world true evil shows it's face and many are attracted by it. Just like now,

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.

 

 

JuneH
by Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Totally off topic, but it was stolen in Dec 2009 and cut into three pieces (the Auschwitz sign). They got it back - some Swedish neo-nazi was trying to sell it - and put in in a museum. The sign that is now there at Auschwitz is a replica of the original.


Totally off topic, I know. I just always think of the Auschwitz sign when I think of that phrase and didn't realize the other camps also had similar signs. You learn something new every day.


(not making light of it, just saying)

Quoting mikiemom:

as late as 5 years ago, I can confirm that the sign was still at Dachau and the ashes were still in the oven there. I refused to walk DS through the gas chamber there and shuffled by everyone on the tour to go back the way I came as soon as I realized where the tourguide was taking us yuck.

Quoting JuneH:

oh ok.

And it was the Auschwitz one that got stolen by the Swedish Neo-Nazi.

Quoting billsfan1104:

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".




sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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 he didn't do that through awesome speaking skills. He did it through intimidation brute force and fear. The country was starving and poor...he took advantage of that.

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

The man got an entire country and numerous others to follow him blindly and commit attrocious acts based souly on his words.
if that's not a great speaker, what is?


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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