Adolf Hitler was born at 6:30 PM on April 20, 1889 in Braunau Am Inn, a small village in Austria. The place was just across
the border from German Bavaria. His mother, Klara gave birth three times before, two boys and a girl, but they all died. During
his early childhood, his mother gave a lot of love to him, in fear of losing him again. His father, Alois, was at work most
of the time and spent the rest of his time on his favorite hobby: keeping bees.
In 1893, Klara gave birth to Adolf;s brother, Edmund. In 1896, came his younger sister Paula.
When he was six, young Hitler entered the first grade in the village of Fischlham near Linz, Austria. Also, around that
time, his father retired from the Austrian Civil Service. Now, Adolf was getting a double dose of strict regime: in school
and at home. His father was used to giving orders and having them obeyed, so he expected this from his children.
Now, the Hitler household contained the following: Adolf, his brother Edmund, his sister Paula, older half-brother Alois
Jr., older half-sister Angela (these two came from Alois' past relationship) and the two parents. It was very crowded in that
farm house, and gotten on Alois'nerves easily. His oldest son, Alois Jr., suffered the worst from his father, with harsh words
and beatings. He eventually ran away from home, putting Adolf next in line.
Around this time, the family moved to the town of Lambach, Austria, halfway between Linz and Salzburg. Near his new house,
there was an old Catholic Benedictine monastery. The decorations were carved stones and woodwork that included several swastikas.
Adolf seen these every day, seeing that he went to school there.
He did well in this school, even taking part in the choir. (He was said to have a very good singing voice) For two years,
he seriously considered becoming a priest himself, holding sermons and playing priest at home.
Outside the home, he loved to play Cowboys and Indians. He reenacted scenes from books written by authors James Fenimore
Cooper and Karl May. Hitler was a huge fan of May’s books, rereading them over and over, even as Fuhrer. During
the Soviet Union attack, he described the Russians as Redskins and ordered soldiers to carry May’s books about fighting
In 1898, they moved again to the village of Leonding, close to Linz. Now they lived in a small house with a garden that
was near a cemetery.
Adolf found school to be easy and passed it without much effort. He also found his love for drawing, and was able to draw
buildings easily from memory.
While rummaging through his fathers books, he found a picture book on the German's victory over France in the War of 1870-71.
He started obsessing over the book, thinking it was a glorious event.
Cowboys and Indians turned into Battle Re-enactments, especially after the Boers War in Africa. Hitler often took on the
Boers side and fought against the English, never getting tired of it. Often he wore out the boys that he was playing with,
and went on to find somebody new.
Around this time, his brother Edmund, now 6, died of measles. It seemed to struck Adolf badly. He was buried in the cemetery
that was near their house, and Adolf could see it from his bedroom window. Even years later, people could recall him sitting
on the cemetery roof, looking at the stars.
His grade school years were coming to an end, and now he had to choose between a technical school or a classical school.
Adolf still had dreams of becoming an artist, but his father wanted him to become a civil servant and forced him to go to
the technical school in Linz, on September 1900.