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FTR #421 Pump This: The Schwarzenegger File

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Introduction: Interrogatory in nature, this program highlights the Nazi family background and Nazi-like affectations of California Gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Beginning with discussion of a body building picture in which Schwarzenegger is giving the Nazi salute, the broadcast sets forth numerous accounts of Schwarzenegger’s manifestation of a Nazi/Aryan persona during his bodybuilding days. The discussion also examines Gustav Schwarzenegger’s Nazi background in the Austrian brown-shirts, and the Third Reich’s military police—the latter a key liaison element with the SS mobile killing squads on the Eastern Front. (Gustav–Arnold’s father–was with a unit that was involved in some of the most brutal fighting in Russia.) After examining the strong areas of overlap between the elder Schwarzenegger’s background and the areas projected as repositories of Third Reich postwar underground operatives, the broadcast examines the curiously large influence that Gustav was able to exert on behalf of Arnold’s military career. It appears that Gustav may well have been more than a mere small-town police chief. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a close political ally of and defender of Nazi war criminal Kurt Waldheim, later elected president of Austria. Schwarzenegger has never repudiated his support for Waldheim. Much of the program examines the networking of Bush family ally and investment adviser Allen Dulles and personalities (including Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and William Casey) that were to become luminaries in the Republican hierarchy. All of these men were involved with the Crusade for Freedom, an illegal CIA/State Department operation in which Nazi and fascist war criminals were brought into the US for political purposes. Many eventually coalesced into the Republic ethnic outreach organization. The key words and concepts to understand in the context of this broadcast are networking, oligarchy, hierarchy. Is Schwarzenegger associated with the Underground Reich? Was his ascension realized through the networking of elements of the American power elite with the Underground Reich?

Program Highlights Include: The Dulles milieu’s vetting of Schwarzenegger’s Nazi pal Waldheim for service with the Austrian government; Austrian ambassador Helene Von Damm’s networking with SS operative Otto von Bolschwing and the Dulles milieu; the Third Reich’s projected use of disabled veterans, the police, women and young girls as postwar underground operatives; legislation that has already been introduced that would allow Schwarzenegger to run for President.

1. Beginning with the first thing that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on Mr. Emory’s “radar screen”, the program highlights a picture from Sports Illustrated that shows “Der Terminator” giving the Nazi salute. (Note that this is NOT a doctored picture. Skeptical listeners are emphatically encouraged to go to a library, secure the original article, and distribute it to media sources.) (“Pex Sell Tix” by Dan Geringer; Sports Illustrated; 12/7/1987; p. 80; [the picture itself is on page 84].)

2. Apparently, this sort of behavior was not unusual for Schwarzenegger.

“ . . . In Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder, he wrote that he was overwhelmed by [Schwarzenegger mentor Reg] Park’s luxurious house, his pool, his antiques, and his servants and that he felt out of place. He did, however, apparently feel quite at home with the South African system of apartheid. According to Rick Wayne, who is black, when they discussed apartheid Arnold said he thought South Africa was right, saying things like ‘If you gave these blacks a country to run, they would run it down the tubes.’ However, Rick was accustomed to Arnold’s reactionary views and quirky ways. He and Arnold had posed together in Munich. In his book, Muscle Wars, a study of bodybuilding politics, Rick recalled that after Arnold had ‘struck a pose reminiscent of the Nazi salute,’ he received less applause from the German audience than he had expected. Arnold’s response was to comment to Rick, ‘These people are nothing without an Austrian to lead them.’”

Arnold: The Unauthorized Biography; by Wendy Leigh; Copyright 1990 by Wendy Leigh; Congdon & Weed [HC]; ISBN 0-86553-216-8; pp. 68-69.

3. “A veneer of Nazism” was viewed by many Schwarzenegger associates as part of Schwarzenegger’s body building persona.

“ . . . On [Joe] Weider’s instructions, [Art] Zeller photographed Arnold constantly. Zeller remembers that from the start Arnold was ready to sacrifice everything to achieve his goals, getting enough sleep and training hard. Always prepared to admit to his deficiencies and to devote himself to eliminating them, Arnold immediately took posing lessons from Dick Tyler. Tyler, deciding that Arnold merited ‘heroic’ music, picked for his posing routine Thus Spake Zarathustra. Years later Tyler commented that if Hitler had wanted to advertise the Aryan ideal, Arnold would have been its perfect representative.”

Ibid.; p. 87.

4. More about Schwarzenegger’s Nazi veneer:

“Tyler’s remarks may sound a trifle barbed; however, since 1977 rumors have circulated in the bodybuilding world that during the filming of Pumping Iron, the pseudo-documentary film that transformed him into a legend, Arnold said he admired Hitler. When contacted for a newspaper article in 1988, George Butler, the producer and director of the film and still a close friend of Arnold’s today, admitted that during the filming of Pumping Iron Arnold definitely did say that he admired Hitler. Butler then conceded that the remark was cut from the final version of the film, adding that Arnold expressed his admiration of ‘Hitler and Kennedy in almost the same breath as people who were leaders.’ When asked why Arnold admired Hitler, Butler replied that the context in the film was that Arnold was saying he had ‘always wanted to be remembered like the most famous people in history, like Jesus and so on . . .”

Ibid.; pp. 87-88.

5. Manfred Thellig had a similar take on Schwarzenegger’s attitude toward the Third Reich:

“Manfred Thellig, who worked with Arnold in Munich, offers a similar interpretation. According to Thellig, Arnold ‘definitely admires the Teutonic period of the Third Reich. He just loved those leftover relics of the Third Reich in Munich—those Teutonic statues.’ He added that Arnold would say, ‘If I had lived at that time, I would have been one of those Teutonic breeders’ but explains, ‘Whenever he opened his mouth and it sounded like ‘Oh, there is a neo-Nazi,’ this was just playing Tarzan. It wasn’t serious. . .’”

Ibid.; pp. 88-89.

6. Others have seen Schwarzenegger “Sieg Heil”:

“There are, nevertheless, witnesses over the years who have seen Arnold break into the ‘Sieg Heil’ salute and play his records of Hitler’s speeches. Arnold responded to this issue during a 1989 Penthouse interview with journalist Sharon Churcher. According to Churcher, a former associate of Arnold’s during the seventies had heard from a mutual acquaintance that Arnold had Nazi paraphernalia in his apartment. According to the associate, Arnold’s reaction at that time was to claim through Pumping Iron producer George Butler, that his interest ‘was only that of a student.’ Butler, professing to have forgotten the above exchange, says that he had never seen any Nazi paraphernalia at Arnold’s house.”

Ibid.; p. 89.

7. More about the Penthouse article:

“The article goes on to quote Arnold as saying, ‘I totally hate the Nazi period.’ He adds, ‘When you come from a background like Germany or Austria, then you sometimes are joked about and people give you sometimes gifts that maybe had something to do with that [Nazi] time.’ When asked if he kept any such presents, Arnold replied, ‘No. I am so much against that time period. I despise it.’”


8. Perhaps he was not “so much against that period”!

“There is yet another possibility. As one bodybuilder, who observed Arnold in America doing the ‘Sieg Heil’ salute commented, ‘It was expected of him.’ Arnold personified Aryan supremacy and Germanic strength of will. To top that, his father had been a member of the Nazi party. Both his heritage and his image were inescapable. Inescapable, but not ineradicable. Yet Arnold, far from underplaying his roots, embraced and advertised them.”

Ibid.; pp. 89-90.

9. More about the reason for Schwarzenegger’s Nazi affectations:

“Essentially always an entertainer, a performer who gloried in satisfying his audience, Arnold must have known that the Nazi aura surrounding him did not displease his admirers. After all, the goal of many bodybuilders is to carve for themselves bodies befitting a master race, and to that end power and dominance are valued above all. Bodybuilding journalist Dick Tyler, who was Joe Weider’s West Coast editor and who met Arnold during his first months in America, sums up the allure of the jackboot in bodybuilding terms: ‘I used to tell bodybuilders, ‘When you go out there, think of yourself as the very best. There is no other. It will come across to the audience and they love it. That’s why they are there. They are sitting there with their skinny bodies and they are looking up at that stage—looking up at their heroes.’ They want that arrogance, and Arnold knew this. You didn’t need to give any advice to him about being arrogant.’ All in all, allegations of Arnold’s veneer of Nazism probably didn’t hurt him in the unique arena that is bodybuilding.”

Ibid.; p. 90.

10. Contrasting with his later (cosmetic and politically-motivated?) efforts on behalf of the Wiesenthal Institute and the Museum of Tolerance, Schwarzenegger’s views on ethnicity struck some as suggesting a different agenda.

“All through his grueling training, Arnold kept the image of [Schwarzenegger’s black Brazilian rival] Serge Oliva in front of him. Black bodybuilder Dave DuPre, who would appear with Arnold years later in Pumping Iron, says Arnold declared one time while working out at Gold’s. ‘Serge is your only black hope to beat me. Black people are inferior. You are not capable of achieving the success of white people. Black people are stupid.’ Black people weren’t the only target of his venom, for as usual he was completely democratic in his heckling. According to DuPre, ‘He would make fun of Jews. If anybody looked Jewish, he would point it out and tell them that they were inferior.”

Ibid.; p. 101.

11. After setting forth Schwarzengger’s “veneer of Nazism” during his body building days, the broadcast undertakes an examination of his father’s background. As will be seen, Gustav Schwarzenegger’s circumstances suggest at least the possibility that he may have served as an operative of the Underground Reich in Austria during the postwar period. Later in the program, we will look at the degree of overlap between Schwarzenegger’s situation and some of the groups selected for postwar underground work.

“Documents lodged in the Austrian State Archives in Vienna, only now available as 30 years have elapsed since Gustav’s death, give the most detailed account yet of that role. They show that not only did he join the Nazi party but was also a member of the SA (Sturmabteilung or stormtroopers), the brown-shirted Nazi paramilitary wing made up of the most enthusiastic of Hitler’s followers.”

“Terminator?” by Wendy Leigh; Mid Day; 3/9/2003; pp. 1-2; accessed at http://web.mid-day.com/smd/play/2003/march/46822.htm.

12. More about Gustav’s service for the Third Reich:

“After enlisting in the Wehrmacht in November 1939, he served as a sergeant major in the Feldgendarmerie—the German military police. His unit was attached to a Panzer group and took part in the invasion of Russia, where he would have witnessed some of the most brutal fighting of the war and the murder of civilians . . .”


13. Schwarzenegger’s father was taken with the Hitler mystique early on.

“By the end of the ‘30’s, Europe was changing. Hitler had been in power in Germany since 1933 and was determined to bring Austria (his country of birth) within the German Reich and there were many there who supported him. Schwarzenegger was certainly one of them. He joined the Nazi Party when it was still illegal—on March 1, 1938, days before Hitler’s annexation of Austria. In August, as Europe stood on the brink of war, he joined Feldgendarmerie Unit 521, formed in Vienna with the help of the Ordnungspolizei (the German Order Police).”


14. Schwarzenegger’s father may well have been involved in atrocities.

“His 110-man unit was first attached to the 14th Army during the invasion of Poland and then Hitler’s Panzer Gruppe 4, part of the Army group North, in the attack on Russia. It was when Unit 521 was ordered to join up with General Eric Hoepner’s Panzer Gruppe 4 for the attack on Russia in may 1941, that Schwarzenegger became involved in the most brutal fighting of the Second World War. During the advance, the Feldgendarmerie was often involved in burning down villages and shooting partisans.”


15. It is important to note that the elder Schwarzenegger’s wartime role entailed liaising with the SS-controlled Einsatzgruppen on the Eastern Front. As will be seen later, the Einsatzgruppen and related elements formed a key element of the Underground Reich forces recruited into US intelligence and (later) the Republican Party.

“The Feldgendarmerie units soon earned an unenviable reputation for brutality. They were so hated in Russia that a bounty was put on their heads by the Soviets demanding they be shot on sight in revenge. But there was a more sinister role for the men of the military police: they liaised with the Einsatzgruppen, the SS forces responsible for shooting partisans, Jews and Communists and initiating Hitler’s Final Solution through the use of mobile gas chambers on specially adapted lorries. Between June, 1941, and January 31, 1942, Einsatzgruppe A, which was attached to Panzer Gruppe 4, was reported to have killed 209,052 Jews.”


16. Wounded and plagued by malaria, Schwarzenegger’s combat role ended in August of 1942. Later in the broadcast, we will examine the role of disabled veterans in the Third Reich’s plans for underground postwar work.

“Schwarzenegger’s involvement in the war ended in August 22, 1942, when he was wounded. Initially, he was treated in the military hospital in Lodz, but according to the records he also suffered recurring bouts of malaria, which led to his discharge in February, 1944, when he was allowed to return to Graz.”


17. Schwarzenegger’s mother also had strong feelings for Hitler. (Women were also viewed as essential for postwar underground work by the Nazis.)

“The next record in the archives comes on October 20, 1945, when he married Aurelia Jadrny, a widow, in Murzsteg. During the war, Aurelia worked in a government office, dispensing food stamps. However, as mundane as her job may have been, she wasn’t immune to Hitler’s allure. Many years later, Arnold confided to a girlfriend that when Hitler marched into Austria, Aurelia was in the crowds and almost swooned.”


18. Although the elder Schwarzenegger was officially cleared of direct participation in Nazi atrocities, it should be noted that (as we will see shortly) those Nazis selected for underground work were given falsified records that facilitated their eventual “sheep-dipping.”

“During the de-Nazification of Austria after the war, when Nazi sympathizers were investigated and assigned a category from one to five—with one representing those believed to have committed war crimes and five for those deemed innocent—Schwarzenegger was classified as Category 3, meaning he was incriminated by his wartime activities though not guilty of major atrocities. He was banned from resuming his job in the police department. What happened next is not on record, nor is the process by which he was able to resume work, but by 1948, Schwarzenegger had become police chief of Thal [Italics are Mr. Emory’s].”


19. Turning to examination of the Third Reich’s plans for the postwar Nazi underground within the “Fatherland” itself (of which Austria was part), the program examines a vitally important book from 1944 that set forth the plans for the Underground Reich.

“But what has not yet become known is that all this also applies to a much greater number of anonymous persons all over Germany, those on the second and third levels of the Nazi strata. These unknown personalities may be used later by the underground. Party functionaries who may be known locally, but certainly not nationally, can easily be transferred to another city or town, where they will suddenly appear as anti-Nazis.”

(The Nazis Go Underground; by Curt Riess; Copyright 1944 by Curt Riess; Doubleday, Doran and Co., Inc. [HC]; p. 97.)

20. More about the Nazis plans for postwar, underground activity:

“The party helps in their masquerades. These men get new documents which ‘prove’ that they have always been anti-Nazi. Notes are inserted in their personal files saying they must be watched on account of their anti-Hitler attitudes and ‘unworthy’ behavior. Some of them will undoubtedly be sent to concentration camps for crimes which they have never committed, but which will make them look dependable in the eyes of the Allies; some have perhaps already succeeded in joining anti-Nazi circles and are pretending to conspire against Hitler. Later on they will be able to use such activities as alibis.”


21. Note that the civil infrastructure was viewed as an essential repository for the forthcoming Nazi underground. Areas of employment that would prove absolutely necessary for the AMG (Allied Military Government) to ensure the smooth functioning of postwar Germany were selected as primary repositories for trusted Nazi operatives.

“And though they [the AMG] will not want to co-operate with those they know as Nazis in Germany, they may be forced by necessity to co-operate with those Nazis they don’t recognize as such. For they will not be able to administer the country, even for a week, without using the already existing machines and apparatuses of administration. These machines are full of Nazis, unknown, anonymous. If they should all be removed, everything would break down: supply, transport, the mails, electricity, gas, water. The heads of departments, the prominent Nazis, will either disappear of their own free will or be fired by the occupation authorities. But that is the only radical change that the latter can make. Any more would bring indescribable confusion and general disorder.”

Ibid.; pp. 82-83.

22. Reiss delineates some of the governmental institutions that will be seen as irreplaceable and, as such, likely repositories for underground Nazi operatives.

“There are a great number of irreplaceable bureaus and organizations which no AMG will want to touch. For example, the numerous health departments, every organization which helps protect public health, will have to go on functioning. If there is any interference with them, the whole country, and this includes invading troops, might be swept epidemic.”

Ibid.; p. 83.

23. More about the secreting of underground Nazis in the governmental and civic infrastructure:

“Naturally it is in all the existing organizations that Nazis will first try to hibernate at the end of the war, when they must play dead. They will be in fire departments and in utilities; they will sit in tax collectors’ offices—an important strategic position, because it is these offices that will furnish the lists from which the Allies will determine reparations payments; and they will fill the offices of food-distributing agencies whose task it will be to avert famine after the war [Schwarzenegger’s mother worked in such a capacity].”


24. Of primary significance for our purposes is the fact that Schwarzenegger’s father served as a policeman. As discussed above, the circumstances surrounding his postwar appointment are unclear. The police were an area of civil infrastructure viewed as one of the most important areas for secreting trusted operatives for postwar work. It is also interesting (though not necessarily significant) that the Ordnungspolizei were one of the projected repositories for postwar Nazis. The Ordnungspolizei were instrumental in the formation of the Feldgendarmerie, in which Gustav Schwarzenegger served.

“Another ideal place will be the police. Herr Himmler has been quoted as saying that no AMG could possibly dissolve the entire German police without throwing Germany, and thus Europe, into complete chaos. He is probably right . . . Such groups will be the Criminal Police, the Ordungspolizei (the regular uniformed police) the Landjaeger (gendarmes in the open country), and the Feurschutzpolizei (Fire Police).”

Ibid.; p. 86.

25. Gustave became the chief of police in a small, country village called Thal. In light of that fact, reflect on what follows:

“About nine months ago Himmler reorganized the gendarmes into a new organization called Landwacht (County Guards) whose supposed duty it is to prevent disorders in villages and towns. It is made up of the natives of each particular district and is supposed to be a non-political organization. Anybody who volunteers is accepted. Himmler’s idea in forming the Landwacht was to have ready a group of law-enforcing officers who were apparently completely non-political and who could be used by the AMG. It is into this Landwacht that Himmler has been sending men of his Elite Guard.”

Ibid.; pp. 86-87.

26. The police were seen as a particularly useful repository for dedicated Nazis dedicated for postwar, underground work:

“Himmler also believes that the Criminal Police and the regular uniformed police will not be dissolved, since these departments have never been completely identified with the party. It is difficult indeed to run a country or even a city without the help of a long-established criminal police or regular police force. The smooth working of a criminal police depends on personal contacts developed over a long period of time, on an army of tipsters and stool pigeons, on the intimate knowledge of the habits and hideouts of the criminals. Only in extreme cases will occupying authorities fail to use old hands in police matters.”

Ibid.; p. 87.

27. As noted above, disabled vets were one of the areas projected as an area for postwar Underground Reich operatives. As discussed in the Wendy Leigh article about Gustav Schwarzenegger’s wartime career, he was officially disabled for much of the conflict.

“At present there is in existence an organization comprising all German war cripples. Its head is Hanns Oberlindober, who was the head of a similar organization called the War Veterans’ Aid Society, after World War I. In the thirties Oberlindober gained international importance as the leader of the War Veterans’ Associations. Oberlindober himself made extensive travels to France and other neighboring countries, posing as a pacifist and staging touching scenes of international fraternization. Too late it became known to the French secret service that he used his organizations as an apparatus for espionage.”

Ibid.; p. 84.

28. More about the projected use of disabled vets as postwar, underground Nazi operatives:

“It can be assumed that Oberlindober himself will disappear after the defeat. He has become much too notorious. It may also be assumed that his organizations will not be allowed to continue in their present form. However, whatever administrative apparatus may be set up to take care of German war cripples after the war, the need for so-called experts will be great and thus opportunity will be offered for a number of ‘neutral’ Oberlindober men to be slipped into the new setup. In this connection it is interesting to note that quite a few new men have been reported to have entered the Oberlindober organization lately, the arrangements with the War Ministry having been made, so it is said, by Oberlindober himself.”

Ibid.; pp. 84-85.

29. It is also interesting to note that women were projected for postwar work. Schwarzenegger’s mother had distributed food stamps during the war and she was apparently quite taken with Hitler. (Remember, again, that such civil service positions were a repository for Underground Reich operatives.) Is it possible that she and Gustav were selected as an “Underground Couple?” A young Austrian woman—Helene Van Damm—appears to have played an essential part in the Underground Reich’s efforts in the United States. Van Damm is discussed below. (For more about Van Damm, see FTR#’s 332, 399, as well as RFA#’s 3, 32—available from Spitfire.)

“Whichever of the organizations discussed here will be left intact—whether it be the welfare organizations or the hospitals, the Criminal Police or the machinery of Speer, the railroads or the utilities that will be most active in the coming Nazi underground—one thing is certain: the women will have to play a large part in its activities. Since it is practically certain that the Allies will not sentence any women as war criminals except in proved cases of capital crimes, there will be little reason for the leading personalities of the women’s organizations to disappear and be replaced by unknown personalities, although the organizations themselves will, of course, undergo a change.”

Ibid.; p. 92.

30. More about the projected role of women as postwar operatives:

“Among the tasks of women in the coming Nazi underground on which Frau Scholtz-Klink has to concentrate must be: . . . Special training of stenographers, typists, filing clerks, et cetera—in short, of all female personnel likely to be used either by the occupying powers (AMG) or by a future German government.”

Ibid.; p. 93.

31. After having married a member of the military intelligence unit in which former Reagan national security adviser Richard Clarke had served, Van Damm came to the United States and divorced her husband shortly afterward. Note that the selection of young girls [women] for projected relationships with Allied troops was envisaged by the Third Reich.

“[A key area will be] the training of young girls, or rather their preparation for the time when Germany is occupied by hundreds of thousands of foreign soldiers. After the last war, during the occupation of the Rhineland, if a German girl had anything to do with an American or English soldier, not to speak of intimate relations, it was considered by the family and the entire community as outrageous behavior incompatible with ‘German Honor.’ This time such ‘outrageous behavior’ will not only be encouraged, but practically demanded, by the Nazis, no matter what the official stand on this particular problem is. The reason is that young German girls entering into intimate relations with foreign soldiers may well convince these soldiers that the Germans are by no means the bad people they are pictured; that the Nazis, too, had their good points. In short, these German girls are being trained as disseminators of Nazi propaganda.”

Ibid.; pp. 93-94.

32. Van Damm later became a protégé of Otto Von Bolschwing, and worked for him in a business capacity. The passage that follows could be seen as foreshadowing her role with Von Bolschwing’s business interests.

“The training of women who will be logical contacts between the underground movement or certain cells of the underground party and circles of influence, such as big business, industries, cartels, foreign politicians, et cetera.”

Ibid.; p. 94.

33. Before turning to some disturbing indications that Schwarzenegger’s father was far more than a mere small-town police chief, we note that the town of Graz (of which Thal is a suburb) was viewed as special by Hitler.

“In fact, Hitler ws so gratified by the Grazers’ enthusiasm that he awarded the city an honorary title: die Stadt der Erhebung—the town of the elevation. Austrians, even now, remember Hitler’s triumphant entry into Graz, how the crowds mobbed the street, climbing lampposts for a glimpse of der Fuhrer, shouting ‘Sieg Heil’ with strident fervor.”

(Arnold: The Unauthorized Biography; p. 8.)

34. A seemingly insignificant detail about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s service in the Austrian army, the fact that his father (ostensibly nothing but a small town police chief) was able to pull strings in a number of ways is noteworthy. Anyone even remotely familiar with military protocol would understand that Schwarzenegger’s father under normal circumstances would never have been able to prevail on the Austrian army to change its regulations in such dramatic fashion just for his son.

“Besides, according to Arnold, Gustav had smoothed the path for his younger son by using his influence to have him stationed at a camp near Graz. He had also pulled strings so that Arnold, characteristically impressed by the size and power of tanks, could be a tank driver. Arnold claims that, thanks to Gustav’s influence, the Austrian Army made an exception to the required tank driver’s minimum age, lowering it from twenty-one to eighteen, thus enabling him to fulfill his ambition.”

Arnold: The Unauthorized Biography; p. 34.

35. Perhaps even more striking is Schwarzenegger’s contention that he forgot to engage the brake after parking a tank, that it rolled into the river as a result, and that he was not disciplined for his negligence! Talk to a military veteran about this. Ask their opinion.

“Driving a tank provided Arnold with a tremendous sense of power, and in Arnold The Education of a Bodybuilder, he describes how much he loved the recoil of the guns when they fired and how it fed something in his nature that was moved by demonstrations of strength. Sometimes, though, army life proved to be dangerous. Once he ‘parked’ a tank but forgot to put the brake on. The tank rolled into the river. According to Arnold, there were no consequences.”


36. Reminiscent of George W. Bush’s AWOL stint from the Texas Air National Guard (performed with impunity due to his father’s status), Schwarzenegger, too, was able to skip out from the Austrian army in order to compete in a contest.

“He knew exactly what he wanted. And he had taken great risks to obtain it. For despite being the product of Gustav’s school of obedience and discipline, Arnold, as he would many times in his career, had gambled. To compete in Stuttgart he had gone AWOL.”

Ibid.; p. 35.

37. A political act that suggests his later activities on behalf of the Museum of Tolerance and the Wiesenthal Center may well have been cosmetic in nature is Schwarzenegger’s endorsement of, and support for, Kurt Waldheim, a Nazi war criminal and later president of Austria.

“For there was one flaw in the otherwise perfect Shriver/Schwarzenegger nuptials—one false note that threatened to cloud the brightness of the day. Amid all the good wishes and hopes for future happiness, the love and the kindness, a dark shadow was cast by a gift from someone whom many people had identified as evil. The gift was two life-size, papier-mache dolls fabricated by artist Christa Muller, replicas of Arnold, dressed in lederhosen, carrying Maria, dressed in a dirndl. They were sent from Arnold’s Austrian homeland by Kurt Waldheim.”

Ibid.; pp. 245-246.

38. More about Waldheim’s contribution to Schwarzenegger’s nuptials:

“The dolls, prominently displayed at the wedding reception, assumed a slightly sinister air, as if they might suddenly open up to reveal the grinning specter of Kurt Waldheim lurking inside their shells. After all, only the day before the press had carried yet another story about Waldheim’s duplicity, his concealment of his nazi past, and evidence of nazi atrocities with which he may have been connected . . .”


39. Schwarzenegger made a point of endorsing Waldheim at his wedding to Shriver.

“ . . . In a gesture that perhaps was a defiant declaration of independence—and that, according to one guest, caused Jackie Kennedy Onassis to pale—Arnold spoke the following words, later recorded by wedding guest Andy Warhol in his diaries: ‘My friends don’t want me to mention Kurt’s name because of all the recent Nazi stuff and the U.N. controversy, but I love him and Maria does too and so thank you, Kurt.’ CBS’ Terry Smith, also a wedding guest, confirms that Warhol’s recorded comments encapsulate the gist of Arnold’s remarks. Later, in what was described as ‘an awkward moment,’ Arnold praised Kurt Waldheim, adding that he was a victim of bad press. According to another guest, Arnold’s friend Richard Burkholder, ‘he [Arnold] wished Kurt Waldheim was at the wedding. He also assured everyone that Waldheim hadn’t done what he had been accused of . . .’”

Ibid.; pp. 246-247.

40. Schwarzenegger campaigned on behalf of Waldheim when the latter ran for president of Austria.

“ . . . If, indeed, he did believe that he had boobed in defending Kurt Waldheim, Arnold took no steps to remedy the situation. The usually self-protective Arnold seemed to have placed Waldheim’s interests ahead of his own. Far from retracting his remarks championing Waldheim, Arnold went on to lend his name to posters that trumpeted his support of Waldheim in the Austrian presidential campaign. The posters were displayed all over Austria, but, luckily for Arnold, escaped the attention of the American press. He has never retraced his defense of Waldheim. Nor has he since withdrawn his support from him.”

Ibid.; pp. 247-248.

41. Schwarzenegger perpetuated his relationship with Waldheim, even after the controversy had continued to ripen:

“Yet, despite the mounting evidence as to Waldheim’s alleged past, in August 1986 Arnold visited the Austrian president in his summer home on Lake Attersee, outside of Salzburg. The visit, reported extensively in both the Austrian and the German press, was notable, for Waldheim, then banned from entering the United States (a ban that has never been lifted), rarely received important visitors, having been ostracized by the rest of the world . . .”

Ibid.; p. 248.

42. More about the Schwarzenegger-Waldheim relationship:

“In the fall of 1988, when asked by journalist Sharon Churcher about his allegiance to Waldheim, Arnold refused to characterize his meeting with Waldheim as bad judgement. Arnold is not and has never been responsible for his father’s political affiliations. However, one can’t help wondering why Arnold, rather than repudiating Waldheim for his duplicity in concealing his Nazi past, rose up so publicly in defense of him.”

Ibid.; pp. 248-249.

43. There is already a bill on the floor of Congress (introduced by Schwarzenegger’s friend and fellow Republican Orrin Hatch) that would permit Der Terminator to run for President.

“His name has never appeared on a ballot—only a movie marquee—but already, people are whispering about President Arnold Schwarzenegger. Oh, no, you’re saying—that can’t be. For starters, he hasn’t even run for California governor yet. First things first. And then there’s the little matter of the Constitution, which prohibits any but native-born Americans to run for President or Vice-President. Not to worry—or do worry, depending on your politics. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has introduced a constitutional amendment to allow the foreign-born who have been naturalized citizens for at least 20 years to run for the big job. Arnold’s shown up at some fund-raisers for his pal Orrin, but no, no, no, that’s not what this is about. The Deseret Morning News in Utah quoted a Hatch spokeswoman as saying that the Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment—which is what hatch is calling it—is a ‘policy judgment not associated with any one individual.’”

(“Arnold for President? At Least One Hurdle May Fall” by Pat Morrison; The Los Angeles Times; 7/21/2003; p. B2.)

44. To have an undistinguished movie actor become Governor of California and then President would not be unprecedented. As noted in—among other progrms—FTR#’s 29, 48, 113, 248, 332, 346, 361, Ronald Reagan served as the front man for an illegal domestic intelligence operation known as the Crusade for Freedom. Hatched by Allen Dulles (who invested Bush family money in the Third Reich and later became director of the CIA), this operation was overseen by Richard Nixon. William Casey (Nixon’s director of the SEC and manager of the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1980) oversaw the State Department machinations that brought these Nazi and fascist elements into the United States. Casey later became director of the CIA. The Republican ethnic branch (which grew out of this Nazi émigré community) later became a repository for Islamofascist elements associated with Al Taqwa and Al Qaeda. (For more about this connection, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 356, 357, 415.)

“As a young movie actor in the early 1950’s, Reagan was employed as the public spokesperson for an OPC front named the ‘Crusade for Freedom.’ Reagan may not have known it, but 99 percent for the Crusade’s funds came from clandestine accounts, which were then laundered through the Crusade to various organizations such as Radio Liberty, which employed Dulles’s Fascists. Bill Casey, who later became CIA director under Ronald Reagan, also worked in Germany after World War II on Dulles’ Nazi ‘freedom fighters’ program. When he returned to New York, Casey headed up another OPC front, the International Rescue Committee, which sponsored the immigration of these Fascists to the United States. Casey’s committee replaced the International Red Cross as the sponsor for Dulles’s recruits. Confidential interviews, former members, OPC; former members, British foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

(The Secret War Against the Jews; by John Loftus and Mark Aarons; Copyright 1994 by Mark Aarons; St. Martin’s Press; [SC] ISBN 0-312-15648-0; p. 605.)

45. Among the most shocking elements of the Crusade for Freedom was the recruitment of an entire SS intelligence unit, later resettled in the U.S. This unit—the VorKommando Moskau–was deeply involved with the SS Einsatzgruppen. Schwarzenegger’s father was also heavily involved with the coordination of the Einsatzgruppen. Is it possible that we are looking at “deep-networking”? Under what circumstances did Schwarzenegger’s father come to be a police chief? Was he more than just a police chief? Is Arnold Schwarzenegger “2nd generation Underground Reich?”

“VorKommando Moskau was an elite forward unit of SS intelligence on the Soviet front. Its primary mission was anti-Communist intelligence collection, but it also was responsible for security screening of the occupied populations in a broad sector of the Eastern Front, which held nearly 6 million Jews. Precisely this security and intelligence experience made the men of the unit so attractive to Western intelligence after the war and led them to their journey to the United States and membership in Nixon’s Republican ‘ethnic groups.’”

Ibid.; p. 496.

46. More about the VorKommando Moskau:

“VorKommando Moskau did not kill the Jews. It hired the collaborators, who recruited the executioners, who killed the Jews. From 1940 to 1942, this one small unit acted as an employment agency for the architects of Nazi genocide in Eastern Europe. Contrary to popular belief, while the Germans masterminded and controlled the machinery of the Holocaust, the footsoldiers who carried it out were not primarily Germans, but local volunteers from Poland, the Baltic States, Ukraine, and White Russia. Those non-Germans who wished to serve Hitler’s New Order first had to pass a security check by VorKommando Moskau.”


47. While serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee, the elder George Bush shepherded the Nazi émigré community into position as a permanent branch of the Republican Party.

“It was Bush who fulfilled Nixon’s promise to make the ‘ethnic emigres’ a permanent part of Republican politics. In 1972, Nixon’s State Department spokesman confirmed to his Australian counterpart that the ethnic groups were very useful to get out the vote in several key states. Bush’s tenure as head of the Republican National Committee exactly coincided with Laszlo Pasztor’s 1972 drive to transform the Heritage Groups Council into the party’s official ethnic arm. The groups Pasztor chose as Bush’s campaign allies were the émigré Fascists whom Dulles had brought to the United States.”

Ibid.; pp. 369-370.

48. More about the GOP/Nazi link:

“Nearly twenty years later, and after exposes in several respectable newspapers, Bush continued to recruit most of the same ethnic Fascists, including Pasztor, for his own 1988 ethnic outreach program when he first ran for president.”

Ibid.; pp. 370-371.

49. Of interest in this context is the fact that it was the Dulles milieu that vetted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Nazi war criminal friend Kurt Waldheim for his first job in the Austrian government. The background check on Waldheim was performed by Dulles’ son-in-law Fritz Molden.

“Both [Karl] Gruber and [Fritz] Molden had strong ties to U.S. intelligence. Molden actually wound up marrying the daughter of OSS (later CIA) chief Allen Dulles, for whom he had worked during the war . . . Gruber turned the background investigation over to Molden. In turn, Molden asked his friends in American intelligence to check Waldheim out. This was, of course, redundant. Eventually, Molden reported to Gruber that his contacts had ‘investigated [Waldheim] and found no material on him, nothing, nothing.”

(Waldheim: The Missing Years; by Robert Edwin Hertzstein; Copyright 1988 by Robert Edwin Herzstein; Arbor House/William Morrow [HC]; ISBN 0-87795-959-5; pp. 168-169.)

50. Among the Nazis brought into the country by Dulles & co. was Otto von Bolschwing. Von Bolschwing’s protégé Helene Von Damm selected all of the personnel from which Ronald Reagan made his appointments when he was Governor of California. She performed the same function when he became President. Note in this context the above discussion about the Third Reich’s plans to have young girls establish sexual liaisons with Allied troops. (For more about the Von Damm/von Bolschwing connection, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 180, 332, 399, as well as RFA’s 3, 32, available from Spitfire.)

“Eichmann was replaced on the Middle Eastern scene by a far more skilled intelligence officer, Otto von Bolschwing. Before World War II, von Bolschwing set up an import-export business in Palestine as a cover for his espionage activities. He was an educated man from a good family and an enthusiastic supporter of Hitler. After the war, von Bolschwing became one of Allen Dulles’s senior agents in the CIA.”

Ibid.; p. 46.

51. Eventually, Von Damm became U.S. ambassador to Austria. (She married a hotelier and divorced him. He later committed suicide. Her second husband was Christian Von Damm. He became head of the Bank of America’s La Paz, Bolivia Branch at the time that Klaus Barbie’s “cocafascisti” were holding forth in that country. For more about Barbie, see—among other programs—RFA#’s 3, 17, 19, available from Spitfire.)

“Dulles helped von Bolschwing emigrate to California, where he established a business association with Helen von Damm, later Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Austria. In later years, his business went bankrupt and he was forced to surrender his American citizenship on the grounds that he was a Nazi war criminal.”


52. Von Damm and Schwarzenegger are not strangers.

“Arnold’s business partner and mentor, Jim Lorimer, whether by accident or design, was in Vienna, and, cautious for a moment, Arnold left Brigitte [Nielsen] behind at the Hilton while he and Jim had Sunday brunch with the American ambassador to Austria, Helene Von Damm.”

Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder; p. 216.


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