Understanding Hitler's Personality

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Hitler’s Early Years

Baptized a Catholic, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was born on April 20, 1889, in the Upper Austrian border town of Braunau. In 1898, the Hitler family moved to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Seeking a career in the visual arts, Hitler fought bitterly with his father, who wanted him to enter the Habsburg civil service. After his father's death, Hitler eventually persuaded his mother, Klara Hitler. Later his mother died of Cancer . Hitler moved to Vienna, in the hope of renewing efforts to win acceptance in the Academy of Arts. Hitler lived in Vienna between February 1908 and May 1913.

By the end of 1909, Hitler knew real poverty as his sources of income dried up.

Hitler’s Personality
Hitler’s mind was considerably more important than is physical appearance in his rise to power. Those who see Hitler as a diabolical adventurer motivated solely by a lust for personal power misunderstand his mental capabilities. He possessed an unusually retentive memory. He remembered minute details from his early life, the industrial production figures of European countries, and precise statistics on ships and military facilities. One secretary recounted, “I often ask myself how one human brain could preserve so many facts.” Hitler used this wealth of detailed knowledge to convince others that he had superior intellect. However, he was not interested in grappling seriously wit profound intellectual problems.

Instead, he portrayed himself as a “great simplifier” who could take complex ideas and problems and reduce them to elementary slogans and solutions. One Main Trait noticed by the companions of Hitler was his hatred for change. Specific character traits predominated in Hitler’s personality. His rigidity, due to his inability or refusal to change in any significant way, was one feature of his life. This inflexibility was expressed throughout Hitler’s life. He continued to make the same grammatical and spelling errors in...
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