Following another family move, Adolf lived for six months across from a large Benedictine monastery.The monastery’s coat of arms’ most salient feature was a swastika.Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, the fourth child of Alois Schickelgruber and Klara Hitler in the Austrian town of Braunau.
Hitler spent six years in Vienna, living on a small legacy from his father and an orphan’s pension.
Virtually penniless by 1909, he wandered Vienna as a transient, sleeping in bars, flophouses, and shelters for the homeless, including, ironically, those financed by Jewish philanthropists.
It was during this period that he developed his prejudices about Jews, his interest in politics, and debating skills.
According to John Toland’s biography, Adolf Hitler, two of his closest friends at this time were Jewish, and he admired Jewish art dealers and Jewish operatic performers and producers.
Alois was a customs official, illegitimate by birth, who was described by his housemaid as a “very strict but comfortable” man.
Young Adolf was showered with love and affection by his mother.However, Vienna was a center of anti-Semitism, and the media’s portrayal of Jews as scapegoats with stereotyped attributes did not escape Hitler’s fascination.In May 1913, Hitler, seeking to avoid military service, left Vienna for Munich, the capital of Bavaria, following a windfall received from an aunt who was dying.Hitler was arrested on the spot and taken to the Austrian Consulate.Upon reporting to Salzburg for duty, he was found “unfit…too weak…and unable to bear arms.” When World War I was touched off by the assassination by a Serb of the heir to the Austrian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand.Adolf Hitler, a charismatic, Austrian-born demagogue, rose to power in Germany during the 1920s and early 1930s at a time of social, political, and economic upheaval.Failing to take power by force in 1923, he eventually won power by democratic means.Once in power, he eliminated all opposition and launched an ambitious program of world domination and elimination of the Jews, paralleling ideas he advanced in his book, Mein Kampf.His “1,000 Year Reich” barely lasted 12 years and he died a broken and defeated man. Facts about Hitler’s life and the historical events which occurred during that time. Hitler’s view of history, his theory of race, and his political goals. Hitler’s use of anti-Semitism to advance his career and to consolidate power. How a political leader was able to manipulate the political system in a democracy and obtain autocratic power.Some Jews were leaders of these abortive revolutions, and this inspired hatred of Jews as well as Communists.On November 9th, the Kaiser abdicated and the Socialists gained control of the government. The Free Corps was a paramilitary organization composed of vigilante war veterans who banded together to fight the growing Communist insurgency which was taking over Germany. Its members formed the nucleus of the Nazi “brown-shirts” (S. With the loss of the war, the German monarchy came to an end and a republic was proclaimed.