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A popular talking point on the left is that Donald Trump has things in common with Hitler.

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But is this the case? Independent Journal Review decided to speak to a woman born in Nazi Germany about the comparison.

We talked with Marion Ingeborg Andrews, who goes by Inga. She was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1940 during Hitler's reign.

While most kids were playing with friends, Andrews was hiding in air raid shelters and helping to clean up the rubble from destroyed buildings to rebuild her city.

Inga Andrews

Andrews said:

"What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn't mean they're like a dictator.

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.

That's how Hitler started, he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it's happening today."

Andrews drove home her point further for the younger generation:

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"It saddens me that we are teaching garbage in the schools and in the college. We don't teach history anymore. History repeats itself over and over.

The kids out there today haven't ever lived through a war like I did. I remember sitting in a rock pile, cleaning rocks, to rebuild Germany. I remember eating maple leaves and grass to survive."

She later made it to the U.S. when her mother married an American, but her journey wasn't without hurdles. 

Inga Andrews

"It took six years because she had worked in Germany. It took six years to clear her to be able to be married. Then when you married an American, because we were the enemy, you had to wait.

We had to go from Heidelberg to Bremerhaven where another camp was. This camp was run by the U.S. military. They vetted us in both places. There were all these German brides with their children and families who had to be vetted again for three of four days before they could get on the ship.

The ship we took was the U.S.S. Washington. We arrived in New York in March of 1953. My mother, Meta Weinbach, and I still had the last name Muller.

So we had a vetting process like what we are going through now because you have to have this to make the country safe."

Then Andrews had some choice words for the protesters in the streets destroying property:

“America needs to grow up. The young people who are rioting and destroying property, who have no respect for elders and freedom of speech, I was so proud to become a citizen of this country.”

She opened up about how she accepted American culture and values:

Inga Andrews

Andrews continued on about her desire to become an American:

"At school, they put me in first grade even though I was a teenager because I didn't speak English. The teachers would take time at their lunch time to teach us how to speak English.

But they came to find out that I was hiding in the bathroom stall with my legs up eating my braunschweiger and onion sandwich, so nobody would talk to me.

Still, I had a burning desire to be an American. I went to night school to learn English. I would practice English without a German accent. I didn't want to be German. I wanted to be an American.

When I was fourteen, I was working in a drug store reading comic books. Through reading comic books, I developed my English skills.

We would go to the malls and we wouldn't speak our foreign language, we would speak English. Because we believed we needed to honor the country that opened its doors for us. It was rude to do otherwise."

Andrews returned to the present day with a message for those attacking freedom of speech:

"Professors shouldn't be telling their students to go after freedom of speech. They should be telling them that this is the greatest country in the world.

The demonstrators can't tell you why they're demonstrating. I'm not a Republican. I'm not a Democrat. I just want the country to be at peace.

I see what is happening here reflecting some of the things we saw in Germany, and it's terrifying. It's sad. But it's not because of Trump. It's because of poor education.

Trump is not like Hitler. The theory that he is 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."

She finished by sharing a personal story.

“I had an aunt who was in the Olympics. My aunt got all this extra stuff from Hitler and was surrounded by this propaganda,” she said, before explaining how she couldn't keep a relationship with her aunt. “I couldn't have anything to do with her. Even after the war, she was calling the Jewish people, of whom I was friends with, 'dirty Jews.'”

“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 concluded. “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.”

Due to numerous inquiries into the authenticity of Inga's story, she's provided Independent Journal Review with several pieces of proof to back up her claims.

Her mother, Meta Weinbach's passport:

Inga Andrews
Inga Andrews

Evidence of their time in Heidelberg:

Inga Andrews

Inga with her father Heinz Muller during World War II:

Inga Andrews

The postcard she received upon boarding the S.S. Washington. Andrews's family rode first class:

Inga Andrews

Her American step-father George Weinbach:

Inga Andrews

Upon sending these pieces of proof to back up her story, Andrews told us, “It's exactly what I've been saying. Some people want to see through one world view, so they couldn't even believe the story I lived.”

UPDATE 2/11/2017 at 12:40 PM EST

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Patricia Guenther(218 likes)I was appalled last week when my grandons came home with an assignment based on articles found in Scholastic News.  It's an offshoot of the old Scholastic Books.  There on the front cover for all to see was a picture of the Washington Posts story on the DAPL Protest.  A completely left-wing biased article that left out key facts.  Nowhere in the article did it tell the children that the protesters where tresspassing on private property, nowhere did it state that the pipeline does not run across reservation land, it also forgot to mention that more than half the Native American Tribes in the country are for DAPL.  It was written in such a manner as to persuade the children that the entire military of this country were all backing the protesters when in fact, the only military there were all Natives that had served in the military.   Our children are no longer being given both sides of any story.  They are given one side and told that's the entire truth.  What does this do to our children?  It spoon feeds them only the information they want them to have while not allowing them to learn to think for themselves.
SL(64 likes)Most of us havent experienced what the feeling was like during World War 2.....911 was  bad enough to realize that what we have in this country means alot....but the attacks had halted, Thank God after that horrid day...and We didnt KNOW who the enemy was, they looked like us andblended in with us...they dont wear uniforms anymore so they can be easily picked off.  College kids dont have minds of their own, their brains are mush like a soft puddy and professors know this.....thats why they call it SILLY PUDDY....maybe only a choice few will flee the barrage of nonsense that professors instill into their heads... and think for themselves...not be brainwashed to turn against free speech and your own government...  But...my mom had said that that Nazi take over was very frightening back then... cause Hitler was taking countries one after another and they worried he was eventually going to come to the US.....BUT he was stopped...GOOD PREVAILED as it will DO NOW...cause GOD IS ON OUR SIDE.....  We have a war in this country now and we have to stand behind Trump 1000%!!!
Emily Eichorn(56 likes)I wish people , especially young people would listen to her story. It is all about respect for someone else's Country and becoming part of the land they entered, that is what we need again. People coming here should fit in not make themselves stand out as radicals. It is not a melting pot anymore it's all about the people who don't let the things on their plate touch. Assimilate please!