Despite becoming the dictator of Germany, Hitler was not born there. Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria on April 20, 1889. Hitler's parents were Alois (1837-1903) and Klara (1860-1907) Hitler. Hitler had only one sibling that survived childhood, Paula (1896-1960). However, Hitler also had four other siblings that died in childhood: Gustav (1885-1887), Ida (1886-1888), Otto (1887), and Edmund (1894-1900). In addition to his sister Paula, Hitler had one step-brother, Alois (b. 1882) and one step-sister, Angela (1883-1949), both from his father's previous marriage. Hitler was known as "Adi" in his youth.
Hitler's father, Alois, was in his third marriage and 51 years old when Hitler was born. He was known as a strict man who retired from the civil service when Hitler was only six. Alois died when Hitler was 13. Artist and Anti-Semite
Throughout his youth, Hitler dreamed of becoming an artist. He applied twice to the Vienna Academy of Art (once in 1907 and again in 1908) but was denied entrance both times. At the end of 1908, Hitler's mother died of breast cancer.
After his mother's death, Hitler spent four years living on the streets of Vienna, selling postcards of his artwork to make a little money. No one is quite sure where or how Hitler picked up his virulent antisemitism. Some say it was because of the questionable identity of his grandfather (was Hitler's grandfather Jewish?). Others say Hitler was furious at a Jewish doctor that let his mother die. However, it is just as likely that Hitler picked up a hatred for Jews while living on the streets of Vienna, a city known at the time for its antisemitism. Hitler as a Soldier in World War I
Although Hitler attempted to avoid Austrian military service by moving to Munich, Germany in May 1913, Hitler volunteered to serve in the German army once World War I began. Hitler endured and survived four years of World War I. During this time, he was awarded two Iron Crosses for bravery. Hitler...