Adolf Hitler

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Adolf Hitler

dictator of Germany

Adolf Hitler

April 20, 1889 Braunau Austria
April 30, 1945 (aged 56) Berlin Germany
Title / Office:
Führer (1934-1945), Germany chancellor (1933-1945), Germany
Hitler Youth SA SS
Political Affiliation:
Nazi Party

Adolf Hitler, byname Der Führer (German: “The Leader”), (born April 20, 1889, Braunau am Inn, Austria—died April 30, 1945, Berlin, Germany), leader of the Nazi Party (from 1920/21) and chancellor () and Führer of Germany (1933–45) He was chancellor from January 30, 1933, and, after President Paul von Hindenburg’s death, assumed the twin titles of Führer and chancellor (August 2, 1934)

Hitler’s father, Alois (born 1837), was illegitimate For a time he bore his mother’s name, Schicklgruber, but by 1876 he had established his family claim to the surname Hitler Adolf never used any other surname

Early life

After his father’s retirement from the state customs service, Adolf Hitler spent most of his childhood in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria It remained his favourite city throughout his life, and he expressed his wish to be buried there Alois Hitler died in 1903 but left an adequate pension and savings to support his wife and children Although Hitler feared and disliked his father, he was a devoted son to his mother, who died after much suffering in 1907 With a mixed record as a student, Hitler never advanced beyond a secondary education After leaving school, he visited Vienna, then returned to Linz, where he dreamed of becoming an artist Later, he used the small allowance he continued to draw to maintain himself in Vienna He wished to study art, for which he had some faculties, but he twice failed to secure entry to the Academy of Fine Arts For some years he lived a lonely and isolated life, earning a precarious livelihood by painting postcards and advertisements and drifting from one municipal hostel to another Hitler already showed traits that characterized his later life: loneliness and secretiveness, a bohemian mode of everyday existence, and hatred of cosmopolitanism and of the multinational character of Vienna

In 1913 Hitler moved to Munich Screened for Austrian military service in February 1914, he was classified as unfit because of inadequate physical vigour; but when World War I broke out, he petitioned Bavarian King Louis III to be allowed to serve, and one day after submitting that request, he was notified that he would be permitted to join the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment After some eight weeks of training, Hitler was deployed in October 1914 to Belgium, where he participated in the First Battle of Ypres He served throughout the war, was wounded in October 1916, and was gassed two years later near Ypres He was hospitalized when the conflict ended During the war, he was continuously in the front line as a headquarters runner; his bravery in action was rewarded with the Iron Cross, Second Class, in December 1914, and the Iron Cross, First Class (a rare decoration for a corporal), in August 1918 He greeted the war with enthusiasm, as a great relief from the frustration and aimlessness of civilian life He found discipline and comradeship satisfying and was confirmed in his belief in the heroic virtues of war

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