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Who was Arnold Schwarzenegger's father Gustav?

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger has in the past spoken about his troubled family background.

After the events of January 6, 2021, the body building champion turned actor and Governor of California talked about his dad Gustav and growing up in Austria, with its Nazi legacy.

Who was Gustav Schwarzenegger?

Gustav Schwarzenegger was an Austrian police chief, postal inspector, and military police officer.

He voluntarily joined the Austrian Nazi Party in 1938 and went on to fight in World War II.

Gustav is believed to have served in Poland, France, Belgium, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Russia, where he was wounded and won the Iron Cross.

He left the Wehrmacht in 1944, was appointed as a postal inspector in Graz, Austria then resumed his police career three years later. 

Gustav married to Aurelia 'Reli' Jadrny, who was a war widow and the couple shared two children together – Meinhard and Arnold. 

Gustav passed away in 1972 at the age of 65 due to a stroke. 

What has Arnold Schwarzenegger said about his father?

Gustav Schwarzenegger's links first surfaced in 1990, when Arnold asked the Simon Wiesenthal Center research his father's past.

The star has been a backer of the organisation brings Nazis war criminals to justice.

Arnold has admitted that his father was abusive towards their family when he was growing up.

He compared the storming of the Capitol building to the rise of Nazi Germany in a widely shared video.

In that context, he spoke for the first time about the impact of World War II on his father’s conscience and behavior. 

“I have never shared this so publicly because it is a painful memory but my father would come home drunk once or twice a week,” he said in the video.

“He would scream and hit us and scare my mother. I did not hold totally responsible because our neighbor was doing the same thing to his family and so was the next neighbor over.

“I heard it with my own ears and saw it with my own eyes.

"They were in physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies, and in emotional pain from what they saw or did.”

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