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What Caused Hitler to Go Wrong

Have you ever wanted to know what made Hitler go bad? Most people use the normal excuse
that his childhood was the cause of all of his troubles. However, the information in this
report should prove that theory wrong. He was a good student in his early school years
and had dreams of becoming an artist. Adolf actually had a pretty normal childhood.

On April 20, 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in the small Austrian city of Branau. His
father, Alois, worked as customs official, checking goods traded between Austria and
Germany. Alois was promoted which resulted in a transfer. First, to Passau and the to
Linz. Adolf and the rest of the family did not follow him to Linz, but stayed in Passau.
(Rubenstein; pgs 3-4)

Because of the new baby in the house and his father moving to Linz, in 1894, Adolf gained
a lot of freedom from his parents' supervision. With all of his freedom, he learned a
Bavarian dialect of German while playing with the little German children or running around
by himself. This later became useful during his scheme to take over the world. This
freedom continued for over a year while his family was separated. (Rubenstein; pg 6)

Even as a child Adolf had the making of a leader. He was a good student in elementary
school and was always a leader during games being played. He especially enjoyed
battle-type games the most and often organized his classmates into "battles." In his
book, Mein Kampf, he wrote:

"I believe that even my oratorical talent was being developed in the form of more or less
violent arguments with my schoolmates. I had become a little ring leader" (Rubenstein; pg

It was around this time when Adolf discovered his talent for art. He would dazzle his
friends with sketches he would draw while others were doing their work. Although his
secret dream was to become an artist, his father wanted him to be a civil servant.
Because of his father's wishes, Adolf attended Realschule, a secondary school which
focused on a more scientific and technical curriculum. (Toland; pgs 3-4)

In his first year at Realschule, Adolf felt very out of place and did poorly here.
Students there also looked down on people like Adolf who come from small suburban
villages. However, in his second year, he became more popular among his classmates.
Showing his leadership skills, he led his classmates in games of cowboys and indians.
(Rubenstein; pgs 8-9)

During all of this, Adolf's conflict with his father was growing. One main reason was
Alois's energetic supporting of the Austrian monarch and Adolf's admiration of Germany.
Adolf's rebellious nature also contributed to this problem. As a result of their
arguments, Adolf was sometimes beaten by his father. These problems ended when his
father, Alois Hitler, collapsed and died on January 3, 1903 at the age of 65. (Rubenstein;
pg 10)

Although his struggles against his father ended, his grades continued to fall and Adolf
was not allowed to enter high school. He spent most of his time at home until he made his
first adult friendship with August Kubizek, a young musician. They met at the Linz Opera
House and found it easy to share their artistic dreams with each other. (Fest; pg 2)

Hitler was very close to his mother, Klara. She had spoil Adolf as an infant and after
Alois died, he became the center of the household. Klara never insisted that Adolf go
back to school and supported his artistic dream. With the money from his father's
pension, Klara gave Adolf money to travel to Vienna to study architecture in Austria's
capital city. (Fest; pg 3)

His trip to Vienna encouraged Adolf to study art a little more seriously. With his
mother's permission, Adolf returned to Vienna to attend the Academy of Fine Arts.
However, he was not accepted into the academy. He was told he had more promise as an
architect that a painter. (Fest; pg 4)
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