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."1 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