Adolf Hitler's Background

By: Lanie Aaron

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Adolf Hitler's Background Information

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 and he died on April 30, 1945. He was born in a small town and he later became a senior customs official. Hitler did not particularly do well in school, leaving very formal education in 1905. As he was unable to settle into a regular job, he drifted away. He had wished to become an artist but he was turned down by the Academy for not having a formal education. He lost his popularity among his fellow students. During the First World War he volunteered to fight for the German Army and gained the rank of corporal, earning accolades as a dispatch runner, he earned several rewards for bravery.

At the age of 18, he moved to Vienna with money inherited after his father's death in 1903, in order to pursue a career in art, as this was his best subject in school. However his applications for both the Vienna Academy Of Art and the School of Architecture were rejected. In 1919, Hitler attended his first meeting of the German Workers' party, an anti-Semitic, nationalist group as a spy for the German Army. However, he found he agreed with Anton Drexler's German nationalism and anti-Semitism. He disagreed with how they were organised leading him to make a passionate speech. Hitler quickly cemented his reputation as an engaging orator through his passion about the injustices faced by Germany as a result of the Treaty of Versailles.

In office, Hitler set about consolidating his power, appointing Nazis to government and gaining control of emergency powers. He put Germany’s unemployed to work on a massive rearmament program, using propaganda and manufacturing enemies, such as the Jew’s, to prepare the country for war. Hitler had conquered much of Western Europe, now he turned his sights East. In 1941, despite the alliance, Germany invaded Russia under Operation Barbarossa, it was one of his greatest mistakes. In 1943, they started their long retreat.