Headlines have been very controversial in their portrayal of President Donald Trump. Type in his name on Google, and one of the results you’ll see is: “Hitler expert says President Trump pulls from Mein Kampf to normalize tyranny,” among many others that relate him to the World War II figure no one will forget.
There’s no doubt we are living in one of the most politically controversial times in modern history, but extremists on both the left and the right only create more distance, more hate, with their antagonistic and close-minded viewpoints.
This perhaps is the exact reflection we might expect from an evolving consciousness that needs to see all of the ‘darkness’ we have within ourselves in our journey to evolving beyond our current ways.
As we explored in What Trump’s ‘Muslim Travel Ban’ Truly Means For The Collective Consciousness, no matter how we look at it, it isn’t productive to continue in our ways of political polarity, hatred towards anyone and arguing about emotional opinions that don’t move us anywhere but destined to repeat history. Now is a time for serious reflection and for rethinking what it means to have leaders, how the world really works and ultimately to think about the type of world we want to see.
Independent Journal Review wanted to analyze the popular comparison of Trump to Hitler by speaking with a woman born in Nazi Germany.
Inga Andrews was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. As opposed to frolicking carelessly about as most children do, playing as much as they can, Andrews was hiding in air raid shelters and helping clean up the mess left behind by destroyed buildings. She was just a child during the reign of Hitler.
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.
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.
Andrews feels burdened by the younger generation’s carelessness in such a disheartening comparison:
It saddens me that we are teaching garbage in the schools and in the college. We don’t teach history anymore. History repeats itself over and over.
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. I remember eating maple leaves and grass to survive.
Andrews eventually made it out of Germany alive, fleeing to the U.S. with her mother and later marrying an American. But her journey was filled with obstacles:
It took six years because she had worked in Germany. It took six years to clear her to be able to be married. Then when you married an American, because we were the enemy, you had to wait.
We had to go from Heidelberg to Bremerhaven where another camp was. This camp was run by the U.S. military. They vetted us in both places. There were all these German brides with their children and families who had to be vetted again for three of four days before they could get on the ship.
The ship we took was the S.S. Washington. We arrived in New York in 1953.
So we had a vetting process like what we are going through now because you have to have this to make the country safe.
Having once helped her city rebuild itself with her own two hands, as just a small child, it only makes sense that Andrews feels strongly about today’s protestors destroying property in the streets to drive home a point.
“America needs to grow up,” she says. “The young people who are rioting and destroying property, who have no respect for elders and freedom of speech, I was so proud to become a citizen of this country.”
And while so many people mock the very right to be an American because of today’s politics, Andrews recounts her desire to become an American:
At school, they put me in first grade even though I was a teenager because I didn’t speak English. The teachers would take time at their lunch time to teach us how to speak English.
But they came to find out that I was hiding in the bathroom stall with my legs up eating my braunschweiger and onion sandwich, so nobody would talk to me.
Still, I had a burning desire to be an American. 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.
When I was fourteen, I was working in a drug store reading comic books. Through reading comic books, I developed my English skills.
We would go to the malls and we wouldn’t speak our foreign language, we would speak English. Because we believed we needed to honor the country that opened its doors for us. It was rude to do otherwise.
Andrews continued on to discuss those attacking freedom of speech in the present day. While her statements are controversial and something we don’t entirely agree with, here’s what she said:
Professors shouldn’t be telling their students to go after freedom of speech. They should be telling them that this is the greatest country in the world.
The demonstrators can’t tell you why they’re demonstrating. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I just want the country to be at peace.
I see what is happening here reflecting some of the things we saw in Germany, and it’s terrifying. It’s sad. But it’s not because of Trump. It’s because of poor education.
Trump is not like Hitler. The theory that he is is propaganda. Yes, I lived through some of Nazi Germany, but all you have to do is read some books about that period to see how wrong that theory is.
Andrews finished with a personal story: “I had an aunt who was in the Olympics. My aunt got all this extra stuff from Hitler and was surrounded by this propaganda,” she explained. “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,” Andrews said. “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.”
What do you think of her words? How do they resonate with you? Truly take a moment to feel this out within yourself and share your thoughts below.