Arnold Schwarzenegger was the last action hero of the ’80s and’ 90s. He even turned his last villain character, The Terminator, into a hero in the series. Schwarzenegger gave up much to become a bodybuilder Mr. Universe, a California movie star and governor.
On Jan. 10, Schwarzenegger shared a video on his social media accounts of the violence at the Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan. 6. and his mother under his father in Austria.
Arnold Schwarzenegger compares Capitol’s violence to the Holocaust
Schwarzenegger remembered his childhood in Austria. He remembered a country that was dealing with involvement in the Nazi regime.
“I was raised in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of democracy,” Schwarzenegger said. “I was born in 1947, two years after World War II. Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away the guilt of participating in the worst regime in history. Not all of them were against rampant Semites or Nazis. Many went just step by step down the road. They were the people next door. “
Schwarzenegger was similar to the violence perpetrated at the Capitol against Kristallnacht.
“I’m very aware of Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass,” Schwarzenegger said. “It was a night of anti-Jewish rampage made in 1938 by the Nazis on a par with the Proud Boys. Wednesday was Broken Glass Day here in the United States. ”
Arnold Schwarzenegger said his father was abused by his father after World War II
Gustav Schwarzenegger was a policeman and army officer in Austria. In 1990, the Simon Wiesenthal Center discovered that Gustav was a member of the Nazi party, although he did not associate it with any war crimes. The Los Angeles Times they reported the findings again in 2003Still, Arnold recalls trauma from the WWII driving his father into abuse.
I had never shared this in public because it is a painful memory but my father would come home drunk once or twice a week. He would scream and hit us and scare my mother. I didn’t take full responsibility because our neighbor was doing the same as his family so the next neighbor was over. I heard it with my own ears and saw it with my own eyes. They were in physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies, and in emotional pain from what they saw or did.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Twitter video 1/10/21
“I became a Catholic,” said Schwarzenegger. “I went to church, to the Catholic Church, I learned the Bible and my catechism. From those days, I remember a phrase that is relevant today. Servant’s heart. It means serving something bigger than yourself. What we need right now from our elected representatives is the heart of a public servant. ”
Schwarzenegger believes that America will be back, just as the Terminator always came back.
“As heartbreaking as this is, America will come back from those dark days to turn our lights on again,” he said. “For those who believe they can reverse the founding of the United States, you know this: You will never win.”