When you’re in high school, history class isn’t exactly many peoples favorite subject. They go over the larger, highlighted topics and tend to leave out all of the little interesting facts that stimulate our brains. There are quiet a many people from history that we only get to see their moments in the light, and not their whole story. Today I would like to spend some time talking about the life of Adolf Hitler before his gut-wrenching war. Hitler wasn’t known as a nice human being by any means, but there are a lot of things people usually don’t know about his story before World War II began.
While many people automatically assume that Hitler is German because of his dictatorship there, he is actually from Austria. He was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria on April 20th, 1889. His father was Alois Hitler, and his mother was Klara Hitler. He had six siblings, yet only two survived to adulthood. Hitler’s father passed away when he was only thirteen, leaving his mother to care for him and his siblings. Times quickly became rough at home, and Hitler dropped out of school at the age of sixteen. Just a few short years later his mother passed away from breast cancer. Hitler then moved to Vienna where he sold post cards of his artwork to get by. Hitler submitted his artwork to the Vienna Academy of Arts multiple times, only to be rejected. During his years in Vienna is when it is believed that he picked up his anti-Semite opinions.
World War I begins, and although Hitler was not German he joined their forces. Hitler was a messenger for the four years of his service. During his time at war is when he decided that politics was the right path for him. On October thirteenth a gas shell attack causes Hitler to become temporarily blind. He was transported to Germany. While in recovery Germany was pushed back and many people were taken prisoner. Germany accepted defeat on November 11th, 1918. When Hitler heard of this catastrophe, he was immediately in horror. He stated, “This voice called to me to free the German people and to restore Germany’s greatness.”
On June 28th, 1919, the treaty of Versailles was signed. Germany lost thirteen percent of its territories and one tenth of its population. With little going on at this time Hitler was sent by the military to spy on the German worker’s party. He remained in the group after his assignment was complete so that he could become a full time political agitator. On August 13th, 1920 Hitler made his big debut with a lecture entitled “Why are we anti-Semitic?” His answer to this, besides his invalid hatred for Jews since the German defeat, was that anti-Semitism was the best strategy for attracting nationalist militants.
On February 27th, 1925, Hitler made a statement with the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. He was taken to prison and not months later he was released for good behavior. During his time in prison Hitler wrote his first book “Mein Kampf”, meaning “my struggle.” His book was a failure only selling twenty...