"The man who is born to be a dictator is not compelled. He wills it. He is not driven forward, but drives himself. There is nothing immodest about this. Is it immodest of a worker to drive himself toward heavy labor? Is it presumptuous of a man with the high forehead of a thinker to ponder through the nights till he gives the world an invention? The man who feels called upon to govern people has no right to say, "if you want or summon me, I will cooperate!" No! It is his duty to step forward."
Adolf Hitler 1889-1945
Source: The Historyplace.com
The preceding is an excerpt of a closing statement by my subject Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, in defense of his attempts to overthrow the democratic German government. This trial, which was to prove him guilty of treason, instead gave mass publicity via the printed press, resulting in Hitler and his ideals being spread through the nation, gaining much support. It proves that adverse situations can bring about good. This adversity led to the beginning of the rise of Adolf Hitler.
The Formative Years
Adolf Hitler was born at 6:30pm on April 20, 1889 to Alois Schicklgruber (later changed to Hitler) and Klara Polzl Hitler. His birthplace was a small Austrian village, Braunau Am Inn, located near the German Bavaria border.
Ironically, Hitler's claim to fame was based on his hatred of Jews and other non-Germans, however, it was speculated that he might have had Jewish ancestry. (Source: Adolf Hitler, by John Toland 1976/1987)
Adolf was a special child, smothered by his mother, who had lost three children prior to his birth. At an early age, young Hitler became interested in war and in his memoirs 'Mien Kampf', admitted obsession with a book on the war of 1870-1871,
Hitler's twisted ideals were probably inculcated by his father, who remained loyal to Germany, although serving an Austrian Imperial Customs Agent (Germany was under Austrian rule at the time).
His history teacher, Dr. Leopold Potsch, also inspired the young impressionable Adolf by glorifying Germans such as Bismarck and Frederick The Great. Adolf became obsessed with German Nationalism.
Adolf was a school dropout at the age of sixteen. He never realized his dreams of attending Art school in Vienna, being unable to pass the entrance exams. In pursuit of this dream, he moved to Vienna in 1908 following the deaths of his parents, eventually becoming homeless and destitute, and eventually moving into a homeless shelter in December 1909. In his biography Mien Kampf, Hitler attributed this period of his life for making him grow up hard and capable of being hard.
Another irony is that Hitler sold his works of Art to Jewish owners in order to survive during his time in Vienna. He was seen as a slothful individual, who did not exhibit any desire to find steady employment.
The Rise of Adolf Hitler
At the age of 21, Hitler developed keen interest in politics, including Anti-Semitism. Having moved to Munich in May of 1913 to avoid mandatory Military service in the Austrian army, Hitler volunteered for the German Army in August 1914. (Even though he failed the physical exam when tracked down by Austrian officials earlier).
From 1914 to 1918 Hitler fought in the First World War. He rose to the rank of Corporal. He was wounded in 1916, requested to return to front-line battle, and was awarded the iron cross first-class (a rarity for foot soldiers).
In 1918 the Germans, under economical and political pressure from the Allied Nations entered into armistice negotiations, ratifying the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Hitler wrote of the hatred he felt for "those responsible for this deed", blaming the surrender of Germany on politicians in Germany and especially the Jews. (Source: Mien Kampf. Author: Adolf Hitler)
Adolf Hitler remained in the German Army where he worked as an undercover agent. In August 1919, he became a lecturer,...