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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


2.World War 1

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 and offered their

own solutions. Hitler was bored by the meeting but when a man stood up

and claimed that Bavaria should separate from Germany, Hitler got up and

argued that point. He argued that Germany and germans must unite into one

to survive.



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