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 it.
2. WORLD WAR I
While living in Vienna... [continues]
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