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APRIL 20, 1889 – APRIL 30, 1945
Hitler was born in Brauna am
Inn, Austria – Hungary.
He was the fourth of six
children.
Only Adolf and his sister Paula
reached adulthood.
His father was Alois Hitler
(1837 – 1903)
His mother was Klara Polzl
(1860 – 1907)
His father was married two
times before and had two
children with his second wife.
THE EARLY
YEARS
Adolf was a good
student in
elementary
school.
He failed the
sixth grade and
needed to repeat
Hitler dropped
out of school at
sixteen without a
diploma.
His father was violent towards him and his
mother.
He was often beaten by his father,
sometimes on a daily basis.
Hitler had great love and devotion to his
mother, although he had great resentment
towards his father.
*Hitler’s father, Alois, was an
illegitimate child and took the name
of his mother, Shicklgruber, for
about 40 years.
*He eventually took the name of his
step-father, Hiedler. (Huetler,
Huettler, Hitler).
*The name Adolf means “noble wolf”
in Old German.
*He gave him self the nick-name
“Wolf” or “ Herr Wolf”.
*Many of his headquarters were given
names with wolf in it. (wolfsschanze,
werwolf, wolfhutt)
DID HITLER HAVE ANY JEWISH BLOOD?
*Hitler’s paternal grandfather was one of the brothers Johann
Georg Hiedler or Johann Nepomuk Hiedler.
*There are suggestions that Hitler may have been as much as
one-quarter Jewish.
-His grandmother Maria Shicklgruber may have become
pregnant while working as a servant in a Jewish household.
-These rumors could never be confirmed (no documentation)
-Opponents of Hitler tried to use these rumors to cause his
downfall.
*Some people believe this is the reason why Hitler made it
illegal for German women to work in Jewish households.
*After the Ansschluss, Hitler turned his father’s hometown
into an artillery practice area. (CONICEDENCE OR NOT?)
EARLY
ADULTHOOD
*Beginning in
1905 Hitler lived
a Bohemian life in
Vienna.
*He applied twice
to the Academy
of Fine Arts in
Vienna (1907 1908) and was
rejected each
time.
*Wanted to be a
painter, was told
his talent was in
architecture.
*Lacked the
proper academic
preparation.
EARLY ADULTHOOD CONTINUED
 In December of 1907 Hitler’s mother died of Breast Cancer and
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Hitler was ordered to give his orphan’s benefits to his sister Paula.
He tried to make a living as a painter in Vienna, painting scenes
from postcards and selling them to tourist.
He did not do very well and in 1909 ran out of money and ended up
living in a homeless shelter.
Hitler said that he first became an anti-Semite while living in
Vienna, although there is evidence to show it started before this.
Hitler may have been influenced by many anti-Semitic writers and
composers such as Richard Wagner.
Hitler was also influenced by Martin Luther.
Hitler received an inheritance form his father in 1913 and moved to
Munich, Germany (always wanted to live in Germany)
In 1914 he was given permission to serve in the Bavarian Army
(Germany), although he was an Austrian citizen.
Hitler served in
France and
Belgium in 16th
Bavarian Reserve
Regiment.
He was a Lance
Corporal and
served as a
“runner”, the most
dangerous job on
the Western
Front.
He was decorated
for bravery twice.
(The Iron Cross)
ADOLF HITLER IN WORLD WAR I
(1914 – 1918)
Hitler was
wounded in the
leg in the Battle
of the Somme and
received the
Wound Badge.
In Oct. of 1918 he
was temporarily
blinded by a
mustard gas
attack and spent
some time in a
hospital.
HITLER IN WORLD WAR I CONTINUED: