Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up on childhood ‘growing up with Nazis’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Last year, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 75, shared a video message hoping to reach “my dear Russian friends and the Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine” and tell them the “truth about the war in Ukraine”.

The nine-minute-long speech marked one of the first times the actor openly admitted his father’s role as a Nazi during World War II and how he had garnered a fierce dislike for Russians after being part of the battle at Leningrad.

Now, the Terminator star explained that he wanted to be as honest and “straightforward” as possible so that others wouldn’t use it against him.

He candidly told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week: “Look, my previous generation were Nazis. The people I grew up with were Nazis.”

The Hollywood star emphasised how “generations can be different” and that he didn’t need to follow in his father’s footsteps.

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He continued: “I don’t need to be prejudiced. I don’t need to be an alcoholic. I don’t need to beat my kids. I can make a break.”

Arnold sweetly concluded, highlighting that only “love and inclusion brings happiness” while “the other way loses all the time and creates misery”.

Elsewhere in the conversation, the world-renowned bodybuilder was asked about the term “alpha males”, a group of young people his latest book is aimed at.

However, Arnold insisted he didn’t label his target audience like this, explaining: “The more we label people, the more people fight amongst each other and the more there is negativity.

“I always see everyone as a person.”

The father-of-five revealed this mindset came from “my bodybuilding days” as he saw “everyone onstage as equal” regardless of their weight, race or religion declaring “it makes no f***ing difference”.

Although, the star admitted he’s not in any way claiming to be “perfect” or dismissing past moments where he may have “been prejudiced or disrespectful” but simply noted he’s “trying” not to be.

In his video message from March 2022, Arnold explained his father’s story saying: “When my father arrived in Leningrad he was all pumped up on the lies on his government.

“When he left Leningrad he was broken, physically and mentally. He lived the rest of his life in pain. Pain from a broken back. Pain from the shrapnel that always reminded him of those terrible years and pain from the guilt that he felt.”

Speaking directly to Russian soldiers in Ukraine, the actor tenderly added: “You already know much of the truth that I am speaking. You have seen it with your own eyes.

“I don’t want you to be broken like my father.”

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