CAN’T PROVE SHE WROTE THIS,
HISTORY VERIFIES MANY OF HER
A BIT LONG BUT HER
December 22, 2012 –
If you remember the
“We elected him by a
She wasn’t old enough
“Everyone thinks that
“In 1938, Austria was
“My mother was a
“We looked to our
Austrian girls welcome
“Nothing was ever said
about persecution of any group Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that
everyone in Germany 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,”
remembers Kitty, “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”.
“Then we lost religious
education for kids”.
“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.
And then things got worse. 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,” remembers Kitty. “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
A pro-Hitler rally
“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
“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,”
remembers Kitty. “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
“When I went 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
“When the mothers had to
go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care
centers. You could take your children ages four weeks old to school age and
leave them there around-the-clock, seven 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.
“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 percent 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. The government owned the large businesses and not many small ones
existed, it could be in control.
“We had consumer
protection, too. 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.
“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
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 afterwards, 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
“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.
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.”
“This is my 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 is truly is the
greatest country in the world. Don’t let freedom slip away or taken from us”!!
“After America, there is
no place to go.”