Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in the small Austrian town called Braunau. His father was Alois Hitler who later became a senior customs official and his mother, Klara, who was from a poor family. At school Hitler showed great potential and was popular with other students as well. He was also liked by his leardship qualities. He lost his popularity from students and instead liked to re-enact battles from the Boer war with other children. When he was 15 he failed his exams and was told to repeat the year but he left without an education instead. When Hitler was 18, he moved to Vienna with money inherited after his father's died in 1903. He took the money to do well in art which he was best at in school. His applications for the Vienna Academy of Art and the School of Architecture were rejected. It was at this time that Hitler first became interested in politics. He was impressed with the anti-Semitic, nationalist Christian-Socialist party. During the First World War he volunteered to fight for the German Army and gained the rank of corporal He earned accolades as a dispatch-runner. He won several awards for bravery, including the Iron Cross First Class. In October 1918, he was blinded in a mustard gas attack. Germany surrendered while Hitler was in hospital and he became depressed and often cred. After the war ended, Hitler's future seemed uncertain. In 1919 Hitler went to his first meeting of the German Workers' party, an anti-Semitic, nationalist group as a spy for the German Army. But he found he agreed with Anton Drexler's German nationalism and anti-Semitism. He disagreed with how they were organized which led him to make a speech. It soon became clear that people were joining the party just to see Hitler make his speeches, which would leave the audience to follow whatever he said because of his speeches. He quickly rose through the ranks and by 1921, was the leader of the...
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