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 it. 2. WORLD WAR I 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