Only a few days after Arnie's speech a few historian
s start to question his autobiograph
ical speech against some basic historical facts, including Timothy Noah
. "I saw tanks in the streets. I saw communism with my own eyes
", said Arnold Schwarzenegger
to the Republican Party
congress...well, Arnie was born and raised in British
(specifically the village of Thal
, in the province of Styria
), quite a distance from where the Soviet
s were positioned until they withdrew entirely from Austria
. Arnold's family was quite poor - without a car they were not able to travel very far, and there was little reason them to cross over to the Soviet
zone. Certainly he would not have seen Soviet
tanks on a daily
And if the Soviets did detain his family, they would have had good reason - his father was a volunteer Brownshirt (entirely coincidentally, both Adolf's and Arnie's fathers were named Alois).
Arnold's comments of Austria being socialist is either a sign of extreme ignorance or deviousness. Every Austrian chancellor from 1945 to 1970 has been conservative. The social democratic Beveridge style of governance in Austria cannot be compared with the centralised planning as practiced in the Soviet block.