Adolf Hitler

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Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria on April 20, 1889. Adolf's father, Alois, was 52 years old and his mother, Klara, was 28 years old. Adolf's mom and dad were second cousins. Adolf had 7 siblings but only 4 made it to adulthood.

Soon after Adolf was born his father retired from being a customs official, and the family moved to Linz, Austria. Alois had a bad temper and would beat Adolf if he did not mind. However, Adolf was a very bright student. He received good grades in elementary school and was very well liked. He was a very religious boy and had once thought of becoming a monk.

However, once got to highschool, his grades and popularity dropped. The competition was much higher, and since he was not on top, he quit trying. His father became very furious with him. Alois wanted Adolf to became a government official like he had once been.

Once Adolf lost popularity with his fellow pupils, he started bossing around younger pupils. He loved to pkay games with them. His favorite thing to do was to re-enact war scenes or battles.

Adolf enjoyed his history class taught by Leopold Potsch. Adolf loved hearing about the different battles and wars. One of his early historical heroes was Otto van Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire. Adolf's other interest in school was his art class. Adolf's father was very upset with him when Adolf told him he wasn't joining the civil service and instead he was going to become an artist.

Alois and Adolf's relationship went down hill from there. The conflict was finally resolved in 1903 when Adolf's dad died. Two years while on vacation Adolf developed a lung infection and used this to drop out of school. He celebrated by getting drunk. Afterwards he found it humiliating and promised to himself he would never drink again. By the age of 30 he had completely given up acohol.

When he was 18, Hitler received money from his father's will and moved to Vienna in 1907 to become an art student. He took the entrance examination twice but failed both times. He could not bring himself to tell his mother that he had failed, so he stayed in Vienna acting as an art student. While Hitler was in Vienna, his mother died of cancer. He loved his mother very much and carried a picture of her wherever he went.
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