Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of liberals willing to compare Donald Trump to the most evil human being who arguably ever lived: Adolf Hitler.
It’s not just uneducated protesters, either. According to the U.K. Independent, one major Hitler historian has said Trump’s “playbook is ‘Mein Kampf.’” In a review of a book that looked, in part, at Hitler’s propaganda and opened with a description of the German dictator’s tactics, Michiko Kakutani wrote that “(t)he subject couldn’t be more relevant today, given … a president-elect who has stoked the fears and grievances of supporters, and who frequently lies, flip-flops and sows confusion by tweet.” (The irony of this appearing in The New York Times did not occur to the Pulitzer winner, alas.)
So, what do actual Germans who lived in Deutschland during the Hitler years think of this kind of talk? Well, as Independent Journal Review found out, not a whole heck of a lot.
Marion Ingebore Andrews goes by “Inga.” She lived in Dusseldorf during the Third Reich. She talked with IJR about her experiences getting to America after the war.
She also said someone in America did remind her of the Nazis: the property-destroying, ideologically intimidating left.
“What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn’t mean they’re like a dictator,” Andrews said.
“What reminds me more of Hitler than anything else isn’t Trump, it’s the destruction of freedom of speech on the college campuses — the agendas fueled by the professors.
“That’s how Hitler started, he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it’s happening today.”
She talked about how difficult her time in Germany was, arguing that millennials wouldn’t make the link between Trump and Hitler so casually if they had the same experiences.
“The kids out there today haven’t ever lived through a war like I did. I remember sitting in a rock pile, cleaning rocks, to rebuild Germany,” Andrews said. “I remember eating maple leaves and grass to survive.”
She later emigrated to America, where she said she worked as hard as possible to assimilate.
“I went to night school to learn English. I would practice English without a German accent. I didn’t want to be German. I wanted to be an American,” Andrews said.
She closed with a story many liberals today would do well to remember.
“I had an aunt who was in the Olympics. My aunt got all this extra stuff from Hitler and was surrounded by this propaganda,” Andrews said. “I couldn’t have anything to do with her. Even after the war, she was calling the Jewish people, of whom I was friends with, ‘dirty Jews.’
“My point in saying all this is that if people aren’t able to see outside of one world view, that’s what happens,” she concluded. “They buy the propaganda. And that’s what is happening today. And if people aren’t educated properly and given the ability to think freely — we will repeat that history.”
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