Kitty Werthmann her account of grewing up in Austria under Nazi regime

Kitty Werthmann who lives in Pierre, SD, USA, with her husband, Hubert E Werthmann, M.D.Lovely brings a lovely witnessing, which should be read as a warning by many.


Kitty Werthmann

Kitty Werthmann

What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard or will ever read in history books. I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide – 98% of the vote. I’ve never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

Austria in depression

In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.

The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna , Linz , and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

Looking across the borders, where everything seemed to be better

Hitler with Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Heinrich Him...

Hitler with Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich in Vienna, 1938 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We looked to our neighbour on the north, Germany , where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria . We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

Voting was a lot easier under Adolf Hitler

Voting was a lot easier under Adolf Hitler (Photo credit: tiexano)

We were overjoyed, and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.
After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

Having rights

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Hitler’s birthplace. Salzburger Vorstadt 15, Braunau am Inn, Oberösterreich.

Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education – Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,” and had physical education.

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Hitler-Jugend – Hitler Youth – Youth organization of the National-socialist German workers ‘ party (1933 photo Stromfront)

Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail. The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

Public education

My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

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Hitler-Jugend – Hitler Youth – Practice with signal flags – 1933 Photographer Marmulla, L. – German Federal Archives

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.

Soon after this, the draft was implemented. It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labour corps. During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labour corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines. When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat. Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labour corps and into military service.


Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centres. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children.. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.


As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

Businesses and coonsumerism

We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

“Mercy Killing” Redefined:

In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps . The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

Totalitarianism and Limitations of Freedom

The Final Steps – Gun Laws:

Next came gun registration.. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

No more freedom of speech.

Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria . Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.

The Big Struggle

After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria . Women were raped, preteen to elderly. The press never wrote about this either. When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process. They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn’t destroy, they burned. We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses. Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized. Those who couldn’t, paid the price. There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians. This is an eye witness account.

Sailing to better pastures with many opportunities

“It’s true..those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away

“After America , There is No Place to Go”

Please forward this message to other voters who may not have it

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Hitler Youth

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    Learning foresight by having hindsight. The older generation who grew up under Hitler’s Nazi era find identical similarities to Nazism and Islam. They state that leaders of today can learn to understand Islam by researching the Nazi ideology. Hitler was a great admirer of Mohammed and the military aggression and might of Islam. Nazi’s constantly abused human rights laws by constantly deceiving people they were committing their decision for equality and right, they utilized the same deception we see from Muslims in society, the same distorted efforts to alter laws and policies.The surviving elders and their stories demonstrate how fast things can go downhill when a totalitarian ideology deceives itself into power. It also demonstrates what methods are used to lure people. Muslims are deep admirers of Hitler and the Nazi’s, mainly for their successful persecution of the Jews. In fact, Muslims have direct association and part in the holocaust committed by the Nazi’s through the Grand Mufti al-Husseini (also known through variations of spelling).
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    Looking back on Huber’s career, it seems clear is that he has been most concerned with finding allies in the Muslim world to help him wage war against both Israel and the West. From the late 1950s until the 1970s, he publicly cast his lot with secular pan-Arabists like Nasser. In the wake of Egypt’s military defeats in both the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars, and after Nasser’s successor Anwar Sadat signed a peace accord with Israel, Huber discovered an even more virulent form of anti-Western fanaticism in Iran. In 1982, he wrote an essay for a book entitled Der Unbekannte Islam that still serves to define his political views today. In it, Huber identifies the “triple aggression” that he sees directed against Islam. The first aggression, naturally, is Zionism, whereas the second is Marxism, which Huber condemns both for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as well as for Marxism’s corruption of Islamic intellectuals. He then identifies the third and final aggression as “the ‘American Way of Life, which many Muslims have felt as specifically ‘New-York-ish’ and thus essentially ‘Jewish.'”Clearly Huber is convinced that the “New-York-ish” American Way of Life is destroying Islam. Now it is the task of investigators in both America and Europe to determine whether or not Huber and his friends in Al Taqwa have used “Islam” to destroy both New York and the American way of life.
  • Hitler’s Buildup to War: Anschluss (
    One of Hitler’s primary goals had always been to unite all German-speaking people in Europe. As part of Hitler’s buildup to war, he sought to unite Austria with Germany. To this end, Hitler strongly pursued Anschluss (union) between Germany and Austria. The latter country was the primarily German-speaking remnant of the old empire of Austria-Hungary, which had been dismembered after World War I. The union of Germany and Austria had been forbidden by the treaty that ended World War I, a restriction deeply resented in both countries. Hitler, himself an ethnic German of Austrian birth, had always expected to incorporate Austria into his German empire—an empire he named the Third Reich. Union with Austria would increase Germany’s population, strengthen its army, and open an avenue to southeastern Europe.
  • Was Hitler a Christian? Is Nazism similar to Christianity? (
    the Nazis worked relentlessly to replace the nuts and bolts of traditional Christianity with a new political religion. The shrewdest way to accomplish this was to co-opt Christianity via the Gleichschaltung while at the same time shrinking traditional religion’s role in civil society.
    Following the Jacobin example, the Nazis replaced the traditional Christian calendar. The new year began on January 30 with the Day of the Seizure of Power. Each November the streets of central Munich were dedicated to a Nazi Passion play depicting Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch. The martyrdom of Horst Wessel and his “old fighters” replaced Jesus and the apostles. Plays and official histories were rewritten to glorify pagan Aryans bravely fighting against Christianizing foreign armies. Anticipating some feminist pseudo history, witches became martyrs to the bloodthirsty oppression of Christianity.
  • email from mystery historian : Germany questions (
    The spartakist revolt was in 1919, shortly after the weimar republic came into power. The spartakists were a group of communists led by Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Leibenikht. They were inspired by the Russian Revolution in 1917 and thought that they could take control of the goverenment as they saw the weimar republic as weak and opposing to their communist values.
    The reichstag fire was more important than the enabling act in allowing Hitler to consolidate power in 1933.
    Once Hitler came into power he kept tight control of the media, nothing could be published wothout Goebbels consent. This meant that only pro Nazi messages could be seen by the public. He also made sure that everybody had a radio in order to spread the Nazi messages of world domination and the inferiority of Jews. The aim was to get more support from the public. He was feared by many as he had backing from the Gestapo and the SS so could send people to concentration camps if they went against the Nazi way of life.He also organised a number of rallies including perhaps the most important, the Nuremberg Rallies which convincede people that Nazis were well supported. Goebbels was an important figure as he ensured that evryone was supportive of the Nazi party and used coercion and threats of concentration camps if they weren’t.
  • An Important Story From Kitty Werthman…Via Joseph Keeney (
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  • White supremacist wears Nazi outfit to family court – video (
    Heath Campbell arrived at New Jersey’s Family Court yesterday wearing a Hitler moustache, knee-high leather boots and a Nazi uniform that failed to conceal the large swastika tattooed on his neck, reports the Daily Mail. He told a judge he was a good father despite naming one of his four children Adolf Hitler Campbell.
  • Father of Boy Named Adolf Hitler Wears Nazi Uniform to Custody Hearing (
    The state said there was sufficient evidence of abuse and neglect to warrant the measure, but the Campbells claimed the children were removed solely because of their names.
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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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9 Responses to Kitty Werthmann her account of grewing up in Austria under Nazi regime

  1. Interesting reading.

    While I appreciate Kitty’s take on things, I think her memory might be a little lax after all these years. There simply is too much documentation about things.

    Austrian Nazis took over the Austrian government on March 12, 1938 while German troops were occupying the country. The Anschluss of Austria was declared the next day. Two days after that Hitler announced the re-unification of Austria with Germany.

    Although parliamentary elections were held in Germany on April 10, 1938, they were a single-question referendum asking voters whether or not they approved of a single Nazi-party list for the 813-member Reichstag as well as the annexation of Austria. According to the history books in my library, as well as Wikipedia and its many sources, “Turnout in the election was officially 99.5% with 98.9% voting “yes”. In the case of Austria, 99.71% of an electorate of 4,484,475 officially went to the ballots, with a positive tally of 99.73%.”

    Again, there is simply too much documentation out there from hundreds of sources to believe otherwise. Conspiracies exist, as does the victor writing the history, but when there are hundreds of third-party sources, conspiracies are impossible, and many of the third-party sources are from the losers as well as winners.


    • marcusampe says:

      Ray, Thank you very much for your remark.

      As you point out we always have to be aware that people their memory can fade or that they can file things in their memory non-chronologically and with emotional preferences or having the details coloured by their own context or believes.

      In July 1934 Austrian and German Nazis attempted a concerted takeover but were prevented. Already in June 1937, while Schuschnigg, the Austrian chancellor, seeing that he could no longer count on Mussolini to uphold Austria’s independence, was cautiously considering a restoration of the Habsburg dynasty as the last safeguard available, Hitler was preparing military intervention against it.

      An authoritarian right-wing government took power in Austria and prevented perhaps half the population from voicing legitimate dissent; that cleavage prevented concerted resistance to developments in 1938. In February of that year Hitler invited the Austrian chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg to Germany and forced him to agree to give the Austrian Nazis virtually a free hand. Schuschnigg could see that he could no longer count on Mussolini to uphold Austria’s independence. He cautiously considered a restoration of the Habsburg dynasty as the last safeguard available, Hitler was preparing military intervention against it.
      Finally, on February 9, 1938, Schuschnigg was invited to visit Hitler at Berchtesgaden in Bavaria. There, on February 12, during 11 hours of insults, reproaches, and threats, he was presented with an ultimatum: if he would not agree by 6:00 PM on February 15 (the deadline was eventually pushed back to the 18th), to take the Nazis into Austria’s only legal party and into the government, Germany would proceed to the military occupation of Austria.

      Since neither Italy nor the western powers would do anything to save Austria, Schuschnigg yielded to Hitler’s demands. On February 24, 1938, however, in reply to a boastful proclamation of Hitler’s, he declared that Austria was conscious of its “German mission” but was also “a Christian state and a free state”; and on March 9, at Innsbruck, he announced that a plebiscite would take place on March 13 to decide whether the Austrian people wanted “this free, German, independent, social, Christian, and united country.” Hitler promptly seized this unexpected pretext for action and sent an ultimatum to the Austrian president, Wilhelm Miklas, demanding that Arthur Seyss-Inquart, the Nazi who had in February become minister of public security, should be appointed chancellor in Schuschnigg’s place. Miklas refused to comply; but Seyss-Inquart induced Schuschnigg to resign and then, as self-appointed chancellor, requested Hitler to send German troops into Austria. About 10:00 pm on March 11 the invasion began. Mussolini acquiesced to Hitler’s desire, and on March 13 Hitler announced that Austria was “a province of the German Reich.”

      On April 10 a plebiscite approved the Anschluss by 99.7 percent of the votes cast.

      About those votes we can wonder in which way people felt free to give their hones opinion. Where there not many who are afraid of the invaders and National Socialists who would come after them if they would have voted against the Anschluss. Fear can bring a lot of people on their knees. Though I would agree that people should stand strong on their feet and when they have the possibility to vote they should really vote for what they want. Afterwards they can not complain that the things they voted for where not the things they wanted.


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