ADOLF HITLER
1. THE BEGINNING
At half past six on the evening of April 20th, 1889 a child
was born in the small town of Branau, Austria. The name of the
child was Adolf Hitler. He was the son a Customs official Alois
Hitler, and his third wife Klara.
As a young boy Adolf attendated church regulary and sang in
the local choir. One day he carved a symbol into the bench which
resembled the Swastika he later used as the symbol of the Nazi
party. He was a pretty good student. He received good marks in
most of his classes. However in his last year of school he
failed German and Mathematics, and only succeeded in Gym and
Drawing. He drooped out of school at the age of 16, spending a
total of 10 years in school. From childhood one it was his dream
to become an artist or architect. He was not a bad artist, as
his surviving paintings and drawings show but he never showed any
originality or creative imagination. To fullfil his dream he had
moved to Vienna the capital of Austria where the Academy of arts
was located. He failed the first time he tried to get admission
and in the next year, 1907 he tried again and was very sure of
success. To his surprise he failed again. In fact the Dean of
the academy was not very impressed with his performance, and gave
him a really hard time and said to him "You will never be
painter." The rejection really crushed him as he now reached a
dead end. He could not apply to the school of architecture as he
had no high-school diploma. During the next 35 years of his live
the young man never forgot the rejection he received in the
dean's office that day. Many Historians like to speculate
what would have happened IF.... perhaps the small town boy would
have had a bit more talent....or IF the Dean had been a little
less critical, the world might have been spared the nightmare
into which this boy was eventually to plunge it.
2. WORLD WAR I
While living in Vienna Hitler he made his living by drawing
small pictures of famous landmarks which he sold as post cards.
But he was always poor. He was also a regular reader of a small
paper which claimed that the Araban race was superior to all and
was destined to rule the world. The paper blamed Communists and
Jews for all their problems and hitler agreed to those views.
Hitler agree with most of the points made in the publication. He
continued to live a poor live in Vienna and in 1913 decided to
move to Munich. Still living in Vienna and being Austrain by
birth, Hitler showed more loyalty to the Geramny. He thought
that the Aryan race was destined to rule the world. Many believe
that he tried to escape the draft but it was never proven. His
live in Munich was not much better then before and he continued
to be poor. Then in 1914 World War I broke out and Hitler saw
this as a great opportunity to show his loyalty to the
"fatherland" by volunteering for the Imperial army. He did not
want to fight in the Austrian Army. Hitler was a good soldier.
Many of political opponents claimed that he was a coward but
records clearly show that he was not. He received to awards of
bravery but never achieved a high Rank.
In 1918 Germany surrendered and Hitler was very upset about
the loss. He believed that it was the Jews and the Communists
who betrayed the "fatherland" and it was here that his disliking
of the Jews most likely began. Germany after the war was in
chaos. With no real Government to control the country, many
groups tried to take control. One day a big communist group
staged a big riot but another group of ex-soldiers including
Hitler managed to hold them back.
3. THE NAZI PARTY
Since there were not many chances for employment Hitler
stayed in the army. Hitler was assigned the job of going go to
various meetings of groups which sprang up like mushrooms and to
report on them. One day September 12, 1919 - a fateful day in
history, Hitler was sent to investigate a small group which
called itself the "German Workers Party". Hitler was not to
happy about his assignment. He thought it wouldn't be worth it
to even go. At the group mainly talked about the Countries
problem and how the Jews, communists and others where threatening
the master race