Arnold Schwarzenegger chose an unorthodox mentor for his rise to power as
California’s governor–Nazi despot Adolf Hitler.
Schwarzenegger, who was born in Hitler’s native Austria, has used the dead
dictator’s charisma and rise to power as inspiration for his early career as
bodybuilder and eventual Mr. Universe–before applying it to his own political
Schwarzenegger told author George Butler, who wrote Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Portrait, “I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal
education up to power.
“And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and his way of getting
to the people and so on. “But I didn’t admire him for what he did with it.”
Butler also remembers being startled by the star’s fascination with the Nazi regime. He claims Schwarzenegger played “Nazi marching songs from long-playing
records in his collection at home” and even “frequently clicked his heels and
pretended to be an SS officer”.
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