Critics of President Donald Trump frequently compare him to Adolf Hitler. One woman born in Nazi Germany weighed in on why she disagrees that the pair are in any way similar.
"What is going on in this country is giving me chills," Marion "Inga" Ingeborg Andrews told the Independent Journal Review. "Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn't mean they're like a dictator."
Andrews was born in 1940 in Dusseldorf, Germany, and spent much of her childhood hiding in air raid shelters and picking up the rubble from destroyed buildings in her hometown.
"The kids out there today haven't ever lived through a war like I did," she said. "I remember sitting in a rock pile, cleaning rocks, to rebuild Germany. I remember eating maple leaves and grass to survive."
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Since Trump first announced that he was running for president, numerous comparisons have been made between the Republican and the Nazi leader. One poster that went viral on social media in late 2016 had a message said to be from "the people of Germany" that sarcastically urged Americans to "vote for the guy with the loud voice who hates minorities, threatens to imprison his opponents, doesn't give a f*** about democracy, and claims he alone can fix everything" and ends with the hashtag #BeenThereDoneThat, according to The Washington Post.
However, the majority of Germans are said to make Hitler comparisons far less frequently and less lightly than the rest of the world. Andrews felt similarly.
"Trump is not like Hitler," she repeated to IJR. "The theory that he is [like Hitler] 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, who emigrated to America with her mother when she was a young teenager, said that Trump's statements and policies regarding immigrants and refugees are similar to America's after World War II. In fact, as someone who identifies as "not a Republican" and "not a Democrat," the only similarities she sees to Nazi Germany are coming from the left, she said.
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"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," she explained. "That's how Hitler started, he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it's happening today."
She said that "history repeats itself over and over" because the education system is "teaching garbage" rather than history and urged young people to "grow up."
"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."