VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Austrian historians are challenging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for telling the Republican National Convention that he saw Soviet tanks in his homeland as a child and that he left a “Socialist” country when he moved away in 1968.
Recalling that the Soviets once occupied part of Austria in the aftermath of World War II, Schwarzenegger told the convention on Tuesday: “I saw tanks in the streets. I saw communism with my own eyes.”
Historians, however, are questioning Schwarzenegger’s version of postwar history – if not his enduring popularity among Austrians who admire him for rising from a penniless immigrant to the highest official in America’s most populous state.
“It’s a fact – as a child he could not have seen a Soviet tank in Styria,” the southeastern province where Schwarzenegger was born and raised, historian Stefan Karner told the Vienna newspaper Kurier.
Schwarzenegger, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born on July 30, 1947, when Styria and the neighboring province of Carinthia belonged to the British zone. At the time, postwar Austria was occupied by the four wartime allies, which also included the United States, the Soviet Union and France.
The Soviets already had left Styria in July 1945, less than three months after the end of the war, Karner noted.
How much more of this are people suppose to accept? Why do so many right-wingers have to make up stories so often? Are they incapable of simply telling the truth or do they suffer from a sickness? Bush, Cheney, Arnold,etc, etc.
Who raised these people? Why were they never taught that lying is not a good thing to do? And people say Michael Moore plays with the facts. Sad Arnold can’t even speak about his childhood without making up lies. Sad, sad, sad, sad.