April 20, 1889-
Adolf Hitler is born with one half brother and one half sister after his mother- Klara- lost three babies- two boys and one girl. The loss of these three children is the cause of Klara’s constant doting and pampering of Adolf as a child. Years later, Klara gave birth to a brother and sister of Hitler. At age nine Adolf’s younger brother Edmund would die and be buried in the cemetery next door.
Adolf’s father Alois retires and after a long career in the civil service becomes an abusive father. At fourteen Alois Jr. runs away from home leaving Adolf to bear the brunt of beatings. Adolf idolizes soldiers- and soldiering in general- and spends most of his childhood playing cowboys and indians. He reads very many westerns that were written by a popular German author and, later in his life, even instructed many officers to carry these books. Though he wanted to go to art school, Alois sent Adolf to a technical school instead. In 1903, when Adolf was thirteen, Alois passed.
Adolf Spends much of his time wandering Vienna and doing as he pleases. He spends much of his time at the opera and reading and simply pondering at the Danube River. Eventually, his mother Klara comes down with breast cancer and is unsuccessfully operated upon in January by a Jewish doctor. Adolf also fails the entrance exam to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Later in December, Klara dies of breast cancer.
Adolf spends this time in his life homeless in Vienna.
Hitler enlists to a Bavarian regiment in WWI and is sent to the trenches. He finds a new purpose in life after living homeless for years. The humiliation of Germany instills a desire in many Germans- including Adolf- to ¨cast off¨ the chains emplaced upon Germany. His opportunity to induce change arose when Adolf spoke out against a man in a bar on political standing and was invited to join the German Workers Party. He joined and thus entered politics. Within a year he was appointed the leader of the rapidly growing party which soon turned to the Nazi party.
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