August 26, 2003


“Arnie's dark past haunts” reads the headline. However, as the story reveals ...

It's just a tiny typewritten line tucked away in an immense archive, but it sheds further light on the Nazi past of Arnold Schwarzenegger's father.

Arnie’s in the clear. Until it can be proven that Nazism is genetic.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 26, 2003 01:45 PM

My grandfather fought for the Nazis in the Ukraine. He was a Ukranian national who joined them to oust the Russians from the country and as a result found himself commanding a squad of Tiger tanks.

Being pretty canny he then joined the Americans when things went bad and ended up as a translator for the them in Germany and finally ended up in Australia....

Looks like my political aspirations are shot.

Posted by: Rob at August 26, 2003 at 02:54 PM

The next thing they'll be claiming that Kurt Waldheim was his real father.

I suppose Leni Reifenstahl was his mother!

Posted by: Rob (No 1) at August 26, 2003 at 02:57 PM

Let us not forget that Arnie paid the Simon Wiesenthal Center to investigate his father for evidence of war crimes, and the Center gave him a clear bill of health. Arnie's father was an Austrian policeman, and nothing more than a party member. It's kind of hard to try to paint him with the brush of paternal Nazism when the Wiesenthal Center is giving you the thumbs-up.

Posted by: Lee at August 26, 2003 at 03:03 PM

Even if arnie's father was adolf himself since when do the sins of the father get visited on the son.

Posted by: Philip at August 26, 2003 at 03:40 PM

Since liberals (American type) got desperate to smear a Republican.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at August 26, 2003 at 04:37 PM

It's just incredible. "Race-guilt" and "blood-libels" are now the province of the Left. Schwarzenegger's all-round libertine libertarianism is almost completely in the opposite quadrant from Nazism, which wanted the state in both the bedrooms and the boardrooms.

Posted by: Uncle_Milk at August 26, 2003 at 05:06 PM

Arnold's father is a Nazi, Arnold is a Republican.
Republicans are Nazis therefore arnold is a Nazi.

Bush's grandfather had business ties with the Nazis. Bush is a Republican. Therefore Bush is a Nazi.

Teddy Kennedy's father was a Nazi sympathizer. Kennedy is a Democrat. Democrats are saints. Therefore Teddy Kennedy is a saint, and you are a Nazi swine to even mention that a son should be tainted by his father's picadillos.

Sounds right to me.

Posted by: Nancy Reyes at August 26, 2003 at 11:07 PM

Of course, one day Arnie is going to go to a virtual holiday to Germany and all the memories of his past as a nazi agent are going to come flooding back...

Mind you, some critics of Arafat point out that he's the adoptive nephew of the Mufti of Jerusalem (who was a buddy of Hitler's). I can't work out why people think Arafat has something against Jews...

Posted by: Andjam at August 26, 2003 at 11:26 PM

Come on, the Dems are just looking out for our best interest. For example, what if Ah-nold stars in a real-life version of Freaky Friday, and his mind is supplanted by that of his father? On the off-chance, the Libs simply want voters to be aware of who would then be running the state.

Posted by: Jerry at August 27, 2003 at 12:22 AM

Arnie a Nazi?

God, I love the Internet (with a capital 'I')!

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at August 27, 2003 at 12:23 AM

Arnold a Nazi?

Jeez, next someone will be claiming Noam Chomsky once flirted with holocaust denial.

Oh. Oops! I just did.

Posted by: wilbur at August 27, 2003 at 12:48 AM

I'll bet that the Hero of Chappaquidick has killed more people than Arnie's father (1-0).

Posted by: nobody important at August 27, 2003 at 01:10 AM

What I find most interesting is the contrast: Arnie's father's party membership, 'no war crimes', and Arnie born post-war is cast as indelible taint, while Bustamente's youthful (and never renounced) affiliation with the Mechistas goes scarcely mentioned.

Posted by: Alene at August 27, 2003 at 03:19 AM

Further proof of Schwarzenegger's inborn Fascist tendencies: Arnie's wife's grandfather was also a Nazi sympathizer. Oh, wait, that's the same Sainted Kennedy that sired Teddy, Bobby, Jack, et al. Never mind.

Posted by: Hazy Dave at August 27, 2003 at 04:20 AM

Who gives a f#@k about Schwarzenegger's father?

Far more worrying is that he is best known for acting the part of a characterless robot employed by a faceless corporation (Skynet) bent on the destruction of the human race.

Perfect candidate for the Bush Junta.

[No disrespect to T1+2, both completely rock. T3, sadly, doesn't]

Posted by: Analogue Voter at August 27, 2003 at 06:04 AM