Adolfus “Adolf” Hitler, was born April 20th, 1889 (4/20/1889) in Braunau am Inn, Austria to Alois Schickelgruber Hitler, who was an Austrian customs official, and his third wife, Klara Poelzl. He was their fourth child and, little did they know, their son would soon grow up to be one of the largest political powers in the world.
Two of Adolf’s siblings died from diphtheria when he was a young boy and one died soon after birth. Adolf was a very moody child, and had a terrible temper. He was very resentful and hostile towards his extremely strict father, while being very attached to his mother, Klara, who died in the December of 1908 from cancer. This was a very devastating, and tragic part of Adolf's childhood. There is evidence that he was beaten by his father when he was younger as well. It is also reported that, as a child, Adolf did poorly in school and completely despised it. He dropped out at the age of 16, with dreams of becoming a painter.
In October of 1907, Hitler left his middle-class home life to go to Vienna to pursue his career in art. After being rejected by the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts, Adolf became extremely bitter and ended up spending, according to him, "five years of misery and woe" in Vienna, making a living by doing odd jobs. He had a very lonely life as a bachelor, and spent his days hanging around various cheap cafes, telling anyone who would listen, his dreams of a "Greater Germany".
Vienna was also the place where Adolf acquired his first knowledge of politics, and picked up the anti-Semitism belief, which is hostility towards Jews, and often hatred of their ethnic background, culture, and/or religion. The young Hitler also learned to discern in the "Eternal Jew", the symbol which he believed was the cause of all chaos, corruption, and destruction in culture, politics, and the economy.
In May of 1913, Adolf moved from Vienna to Munich, and when World War I broke out in 1917, enlisted in the army. He joined the...