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



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.




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.




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 and offered their own