On Sunday, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger condemned the assault at Capitol Hill last week through a video. The video has now become viral.
The Terminator star compared the event to Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht and shared his own experience as a child in Austria after World War II.
It All Started with Many Lies and Intolerance
Schwarzenegger, a native of Austria, shares his own experience of Austria after the war, and Nazi Germany’s effect on the people.
He describes his experience as growing up in the “ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy.”
Everything started with many lies and “intolerance,” he said.
Austria was an ally of Germany during World War II. Due to this alliance, Austria also became involved with the atrocities Germany did during the war.
According to him, he was born in 1947, two years after World War II ended. His childhood consists of broken men around him, drinking their guilt away after participating in Germany’s war.
However, whereas Nazi Germany is usually synonymous with anti-semitism, most of those who fight for them are not “rabid anti-Semites or Nazis.” In fact, according to Schwarzenegger, many just went along with the hate and the war.
According to the former actor and politician, like other men during those times, his father was also a victim of war. He was also “in physical pain from the shrapnel” and “in emotional pain” from what he saw and did in the war.
Reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht
Schwarzenegger also compared the event to Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass. In 1938, Nazi Germany, through its own police force, launched an attack against Jews living in Germany 1938.
Nazis arrested Jews and confiscated their properties and breaking glasses in the process. Thus the name.
According to Schwarzenegger, during the Capitol riot, the mob shattered both the windows of the Capitol and “trampled the very principles” on which the country was founded.
Watch Schwarzenegger’s full message here: