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The Rise And Fall Of Hitler

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There are few historical figures whose name can invoke such an emotional response in an average person, as Adolf Hitler, although it is almost always a response of loathing and disgust. As we all know Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany and lead his Third Reich in a war of genocide and destruction, reshaping the world in ways he did not foresee. The question is was Hitler always a mad man seeking the domination of the world, or did events in his life led to his path of destructive and violent behavior? First, Hitler’s early years were fought with many troubles and tragedy. Adolf Hitler was born Saturday April 20, 1889, to Alois Hitler his father and Klara Hitler his mother in in the Upper Austrian border town Braunau am Inn. His father was born in 1837 out of wedlock to Maria Anna Schickelgruber. His father would later change his last name from the Jewish Schickelgruber to the christen Hitler in 1876 when his father’s mother would marry Johann Georg Hitler. When Adolf was 9 years old his father would move them to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Adolf Hitler was a young man with but one dream at this point in his life, the dream of becoming a famous artist. Unfortunately for Adolf his father would hear of no such thing continually arguing that he should join Habsburg civil service. His father would continue to forbid Adolf’s goal of seeking a career in art all the way to his death bed in 1903. Adolf, finding himself father less at the age of 14 finally convinces his mother to let him pursue his dream of becoming an artist. Then in fall of 1907 Hitler took his entrance exam to the Vienna Academy of the Arts as his mother lay dying in her bed of breast cancer. Unfortunately for him and possibly the world he failed, and in early 1908 only weeks after his own mother’s death he moved to Vienna presumably so he could attempt to gain acceptance to the academy. Hitler would stay in Vienna never gaining acceptance to the academy living in poverty until 1913 when he would finally leave behind his dream of becoming an artist and pursue an interest in politics politics. After leaving Vienna in in May of 1913 in order to avoid getting arrested for evading his military obligation to Habsburg Austria He would take refuge in Munich, Germany. Hitler would remain poor and career less making a meager living on sketches and water colors. Then on August 1st, 1914, a massive crowd including Hitler gathered in a large public plaza in Munich to celebrate Germany’s declaration of war. With this event now inspiring the young Hitler to a higher cause he enlisted in the German armed forces the very next day. It would be in this war that the young Hitler would finally find his purpose and a sense of belonging in his serves to the German motherland. Hitler had an almost preternatural luck on the battle field in his first battle British and Belgians near Ypres, 2,500 of the 3,000 men in his regiment were killed yet Hitler escaped without a...

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