Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust
The Holocaust was a horrible event that took many lives and disturbed may people and was considered to be one of the cruelest acts ever in history. This was a time after World War I and before World War II began. However, this is not where it all started. It all started on April 20, 1889, when an innocent child was brought into the world, by the name of Adolf Hitler. “Perhaps in trying to understand Hitler’s psyche, we can come closer to understanding how what it is in ourselves that drives us to embrace such an alien world as the Holocaust represents”. (Ferrell, Donald R. The Un-mourned Wound: Reflections on the Psychology of Adolf Hitler. Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Fall, 1995), pp. 175-197 Published by: Springer) Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau an Inn to an Australian customs official by the name of Alois Schickelgruber Hitler and his third and very young wife, Klara Poezl. In primary school, Hitler was thought to have a very bright academic future in front of him. He also showed outstanding leadership qualities. All of his pupils respected him and he was well liked. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitler.html) In secondary school, Hitler soon realized he was not at the top of his class and was not liked as well as he was in primary school. The only teacher that he liked was a man by the name of, Leopold Potsch, history major. Potsch was a German Nationalist, among many other. He taught Hitler about the first chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarch. (http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERhitler.htm) Otto von Bismarch was President of
Prussia in 1862 and deliberately provoked the France-Prussian War and “as a result was able to obtain Alsace and Lorraine from France. To counteract the danger of Russia and France joining forces against Germany, Chancellor Bismarck formed the Triple Alliance in 1879.” (http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWbismarck.htm) Bismarch was one of Hitler’s first early historical heroes. By this time, Hitler had a very bad attitude, was lazy, had an unstable temperament, and was deeply hostile towards his strict father. Hitler told his father that he did not want to be in the civil service, but instead wanted to be an artist. His father did not take this news very well, as a matter of fact, he was furious and as a result they had a falling out. The dispute between the two of them ended when Alois Hitler died in 1903. The family owned their own home and received a very generous pension from the civil service, so they did not struggle. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitler.html) Hitler was always very close to his hardworking mother, much closer than he was to his father. At the age of fifteen, he did so badly at his examinations that he was told he would have to repeat the grade. He managed to convince his mother to let him drop out without receiving his secondary education qualification. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitler.html) When Hitler was eighteen, He inherited some money from his father’s will and moved to Vienna to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He then, applied to the Vienna Academy of Art and the Vienna School of Architecture. He was rejected by both. Not having the heart to tell
his mother, he stayed in Vienna and let her believe he was attending school. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitler.html) Hitler’s mother died soon after that when he was just nineteen years old in 1908. She died of cancer. He was so heartbroken over her death that he carried a picture in his pocket of her. It is even said that he had it in his hand when he died in 1945. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitler.html) In 1909, Hitler was supposed to register for military services, but he was unwilling to serve for Austria because he despised them. When authorities caught up with...
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