Birth• Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in the small Austrian town of Braunau Am Inn near the German border.• His parents: Alois Hitler & Klara Hitler
Growing Up• Hitler was one of the best students in primary school and it seemed that he had a bright future ahead of him. He was also very popular with his school mates and was admired for his leadership qualities. He was also a really religious child and for a while was considered the choice of becoming a monk.
Giving up as a kid.• As Hitler entered secondary school his reaction to not being top of the class was to stop trying. Alois, his father, was extremely mad as he had high hopes of Hitler of following in his footsteps and joining the Austrian civil service. However, Hitler was a stubborn child and attempts by his parents and teachers to change his attitude towards his studies were unsuccessful.• He also lost his popularity in school. They no longer accepted him as a leader and as Hitler liked giving orders, he started to hang out with the smaller students. He loved games that involved fighting and re-enacting battles from the Boer War. His most favorite game was playing the role of commando rescuing Boers from English concentration camps.
Losing His Parents• Hitler was thirteen when his father died. His death did not cause the family any financial problems. The Hitler family owned their own home and they also received a lump sum and a generous civil service pension.• In 1907 Klara Hitler died from cancer. Her death affected him more deeply than the death of his own father. He had memories of his mother, carried her photograph wherever he went and it is claimed he had it in his hand when he died in 1945.
Passion For Art!• Hitler grew up with a poor record at school and left, before completing his tuition, with an ambition to become an artist.• His application for Vienna Academy of Fine Arts was rejected.• He sold some of his paintings or advertising posters whenever he could to keep on living.
ADOLF HITLER AND WORLD WAR I: 1913-1919• Hitler moved to Munich, Germany in May 1913. He did so seeking to avoid arrest for evasion of his military service obligation to Habsburg Austria and financed by the last installment of his inheritance from his father.• Hitler was a brave soldier. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal, was wounded twice (in 1916 and 1918) and was awarded several medals.• On September 16, 1919, Hitler issued his first written comment on the so called Jewish Question. He pointed out the Jews as a race and not a religious community, the also said the effect of a Jewish presence as a “race-tuberculosis of the peoples," and initialized the initial goal of a German government to be discriminatory against Jews. The “ultimate goal must definitely be the removal of the Jews altogether.”
The Holocaust: It Begins• In April 1933, Jews were banished from government jobs, a quota was established banning Jews from university, and a boycott of Jewish shops.• In Germany concentration camps were set up after 1933 to keep without legal procedure Jews, Communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, and others. During World War II extermination, or death, camps were established for the sole purpose of killing men, women, and children.• In the most common camps: Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor and Majdanek in Poland, Buchenwald and Dachau in Germany , more than 6 million people, mostly Jews and Poles, were killed in gas chambers. Millions of others were also keeped during the war, and a large proportion died of gross mistreatment, malnutrition, and disease.• In 1935, the infamous Nuremberg Laws were passed. These classed Jews as German "subjects" instead of citizens. Intermarriage was outlawed, more professions were closed to Jews, shops displayed signs reading, "No Jews Allowed." Harassment was common.• In 1941 Hitler ordered the extermination of the Jewish-Bolshevist intelligentsia .• In mid September 1941 Hitler ordered the beginning of mass deportations from Germany to ghettos in Eastern Europe. During Autumn 1941 and the following Winter, when preparation for the Final Solution in Europe were in full progress.
Continuation…•The Holocaust represents 11 million lives that abruptly ended, theextermination of people not for who they were but for what they were. Groupssuch as handicaps, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovahs Witnesses, Catholics,Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents and others were persecutedby the Nazis because of their religious/political beliefs, physical defects, orfailure to fall into the Aryan ideal.
• In the final hours of his life, Adolf Hitler wrote a Political Testamentthat he left for the German people. The document was little different The End… HIS END!from many speeches and articles he had written before. After causingthe destruction of huge areas of Europe, demanding the sacrifice ofmillions of lives in pursuit of his political happiness and ordering themurder of millions of others, Hitler showed no pity. Instead, he blamedthe Jews for the war he himself had started.• With Germany lying in ruins after six devastating years of war, andwith defeat, the Nazi dictator decided to take his own life. But beforedoing so, he wanted to thank the one whod remained completely loyalto him until the very end. Early on the morning on April 29, 1945, in acivil ceremony in his bunker, Hitler married his mistress of many years,Eva Braun.• The next day a little after 3:30 p.m., they bit into thin glass vials ofcyanide. As he did so, Hitler also shot himself in the head with a 7.65mm Walther pistol.