HItler's Story By Grace Yoo

Early Life (a.k.a. Fact 1)

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

"When was our Führer, Adolf Hitler, born?" --------------------- Rudy looked up. "Sorry?" (Page 296)

Adolf was the fourth of six children born to Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl. As a boy, Adolf fought frequently with his emotionally strict father, who later came to disapprove of his son's interest in art as a career. After the death of his younger brother, Edmund, in 1900, Hitler (who was 11 at the time) became 'detached and introverted.' Around this time he began to show an interest in German nationalism, rejecting the authority of Austria-Hungary.

In 1903, Alois Hitler died suddenly. Two years later, when Adolf turned 17, his mother allowed him to drop out of school.

Career and War (a.k.a Fact 2)

Klara passed away in December 1907. After her untimely death, Hitler relocated to Vienna and worked there as a casual laborer and watercolor painter. Hitler applied to the Academy of Fine Arts twice—

—and was rejected both times. Lacking money outside of the pension of an orphan and from selling postcards, he stayed in homeless shelters.
In 1913, Hitler moved once again— and this time, to Munich. At the outbreak of WWII, he applied to serve in the German army. He was accepted in August 1914, despite of his Austrian citizenship. Although Hitler seemed to avoid the front lines, he was present at a number of important battles and was wounded at the Somme.
He was "decorated" for courage and received the Iron First Class and the Black Wound Badge.

His time at the battlefield reinforced his German patriotism, further triggering his shock at Germany's surrender in 1918. Like most German nationalists of the time, he believed that Germany had been betrayed by civilian leaders and Marxists. He thoroughly disapproved of the Treaty of Versailles.

After World War I (a.k.a Fact 3)

After World War I, Hitler continued to work for the military as an intelligence officer. While monitoring the activities of the German Workers' Party (DAP), he adopted many of the beliefs he would exercise over the German community in the future, particularly the beliefs that emphasized German superiority over all else. Hitler joined the DAP in 1919.

To further intensify its appeal, the DAP changed its name to Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP), which was abbreviated to Nazi.

Hitler personally designed the party banner, incorporating the *swastika symbol onto a white circle on a red background. In future years, this would become a symbol of pride for some, and one of fear for others. In 1921, Hitler was named the leader of the Nazi Party after the founder, Anton Drexler. The fight officially begun.
End of Tag 1.

*an ancient religious symbol originating from the Indian subcontinent.

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