Nothing stargts and concludes overnight. It was 1930, a year before I was born, the world depression, the hunger and dispair, almost chaos. When Hitler came to power he promised that there will be no more hunger, no homeless or people out of work and started the autobahn project and then the Volkswagon project.He indeed cleaned "house". People were very well off. the Hitler Youth was created and all had to join at a very young age, like 6year olds and up. First it was almost like what we know here as the youth clubs. But we were indoctrinated.We were taught to report anything which was not in the rule book so to speak, even against our own parents. I never adheared to the latter. All those age 16 had to go into the
Arbeitsdienst for two years, being send to farmers, factories, etc.etc. and underwent high dizipline. there were no murders and criminals were sent to the concentration camps, which most all Germand understood to be "Work/boot camps" Arbeitslager". the truth about them came out when the war ended AND THAT IS A FACT! Except for those who were involved. We were not hungry, not until the War ended.Although being on rations, these were plenty.
Women were not allowed to wear make-up either.
When the war ended the Russians came in, conviscated everything they could,
and strict communistic rules were established and inforced. We had to learn Russian in school- I forgeto all of it- there were no stores, no hospitals, small rations and when you get through the line up, often all was gone. Great Hunger prevaled. there was no elecetricity either and eventually one hour every 24 hours.. We lived in the country, so had our own well and could exchange valuables against a loaf of bread of potatoes.We were always hungry. We had to carry our passports, all children 5 years old an up, were told what to do or not and inspected at the discretion of the Russians. A colchose was established, meaning that only one set of farm machinery was available and shared among the farmers of the villages.
Hens had to lay enough eggs to give the Government 60 pieces per year, the rest was kept, often hardly any.If you wanted to eat your chicken, you had to get permission and your ration was cut down on meat.Everything was recorded. If you owned more than your salary would afford, they wanted to know where you got the money from. Of course, there were no credit cards and nobody held a bank account, but kept what they had under the mattress..Every animals, rabbits, goat, swine were recorded and you had to advise what you did with them.
If you slaughtered any, you had to give to the government a certain portion.
Schools demanded high grades. those who failed were put back a year or more and those who did not make good grades in the Universities were at once
dismissed and hat to learn a trade. English and Russian was mandatory, French and other languages at our discretion. Mathematics,History,Geography, chemistry,Biography were of prime importance. If you had low grade in them you were dismissed. Public School entailed 8 years, no language was taught.
High shool entailed 4 years.School started at age 5. So you finished at about age 17 and went to the University, those who were accepted by the grades they had earned. Those in medical school who did not make the grades, could continue to become a pharmasist. Many a University graduate was a bit over age 20., depending on the subject one took.Most took 5-8 semesters.Then became interns, medicine, law, etc.before thy could hang up thjeir own shingles.
Parents completely corolated with the teachers, they had to. When we got a spanking at school, we got a letter to be signed by the parents, and then got another one from them. But such was also recorded, and the government knew all about you. School started at 8am and finished at 4pm. Saturdays 8-1pm.
Holidays- 6 weeks in the summer with enough homework to leave little time to enjoy. If you came back unprepared you went through a test, and if you failed, out you went (highschool and Uni) and at public school, were put a year back.
For everything you did you needed a licence, regardless if a baker or shoemaker.
three years apprenticeship and thereafter five more years for your master papers, if you made it.the government controlled the test.
As you can see "big brother" was everywhere, controlled your life and let you live like almost a prisoner. And all this started little by little at Hitlers time and continued under the russians.Tthe germans became perfectionist, overlooked nothing, lived under fear and pressure and brought up their children the same way.
Until all stopped. Teachers never beame glorified baby sitters with all liabilities and no authorities so to speak. We were taught to respect our elders,take care of them,and accomplishments. Liars and cheaters were severly punished and shamed. they became outcasts in that society.If you declared banruptcy, you were an outcast in society.So many committred suicide to avoid the shame.
I dont think we want all this in the USA or Canada. A bit of dictatorship is okay- when giving an order one is dictating- but one should be made aware of new rules/laws to either obey them or object. therefore, be guided and fight for what is right and against what is wrong.
Mind you the severe upbringing taught us oldies to survive under just about any heartship and condition.But also to appreciate the freedom we have here and the oportunities to do so much. So each one of us can do what we feel is right. But this does not mean sitting back doing nothing.
there is much, much more, and I am not the only one having gone through it, there are millions of others who have and under worse condition. Just ask them.
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