Adolf Hitler: Early Years
Adolf Hitler was born in Branau am Inn, Austria, on April 20, 1889. He was born in a family of middle class; he was the third of five children born to Alois Hitler andKlara Polzl. The only ones who became adults were Hitler and his sister Paula. Hitler’s father also has two more Childs with his second wife: Alois Jr and Angela.
When Hitler was three, the familymoved from Austria to Germany. As a child, Adolf fought frequently with his father, and Hitler said that his father always hit him. When his younger brother, Edmund, die in 1900, he became isolated andquiet.
Hitler was a good student in primary school, but in sixth grade was his first year of secondary school, he did not pass the year and he had to repeat. Hitler has low performances because of arebellion against his father. His father did not approve of his interest in fine art rather than business. After his father’s dead in 1903, Hitler’s performance not improves and when he was sixteenyears old he leave the school.
He moved to Vienna and worked as a casual laborer and a watercolor painter. Hitler applied to the Academy of Fine Arts twice, and was rejected both times. Out of money,he moved into a homeless shelter, where he remained for several years. Hitler later pointed to these years as the time when he first refined his anti-Semitism.
When the World War I started, Hitlerapplied to serve in the German army. He was accepted in August 1914, though he was still an Austrian citizen.
Hitler became disillusioned over the collapse of the war effort. The experience reinforcedhis passionate German patriotism, and he was shocked by Germany's submission in 1918.
Like other German nationalists, he believed that the German army had been betrayed by civilian leaders andMarxists. He found the Treaty of Versailles degrading, particularly the demilitarization of the Rhineland and the stipulation that Germany accept responsibility for starting the war. After World War I,...
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