Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau, Austria, a small town across the Inn
River from Germany. After Adolf Hitler was born, his father, Alois Hitler, moved the family to
Linz, Austria. Hitler attended school in Linz and at first was a good student, but in high school
he was a very poor student. Hitler's academic abilities angered his father because his father
hoped that Hitler would study to become a government worker as he had been. Hitler, however,
wanted to become an artist.
In 1907, Hitler went to Vienna Austria. in an attempt to fulfill his dream of becoming an
artist. His dream all ended when he flunked the exam to get in which was the Academy of Fine Arts.
When Hitler's mother died in 1907, he decided to stay in Vienna. He took the exam to get in a
year later and failed again. He did not have steady job in Vienna, but, instead, took a variety
of jobs that he didn't even like. He lived in cheap houses and slept on park benches. He often
had to get food from charity. During his time in Vienna Hitler learned to hate non-Germans.
Hitler was a German-speaking Austrian and considered himself German. He laughed at the Austrian
government for recognizing eight languages as official and believed that any government could last
if it treated other ethnic groups equally.In 1913, Hitler went to Munich, Germany. When World War I
began in 1914, he volunteered in the German army. Hitler was twice reconized for bravery, but only
got a rank of corporal. When World War I ended. Hitler was in the hospital recovering from temporary
blindness possibly caused by a poison gas attack. The Versailles Treaty that ended the war chipped
off alot of Germany's territory. It forced the country to disarm its army and ordered Germany to
pay alot of money for the damages they caused. When the army returned to Germany. the country was
in despair. The country was bankrupt and millions of people were unemployed.
In 1920, Hitler joined the National Socialist German Workers Party known as the Nazis.
The Nazis were the Germans even those in other countries,to unite into one nation. They called for
a strong central government, and they called for the cancellation of the Versailles Treaty. Hitler
became leader of the Nazi party and built up membership quickly, mostly becauseof his powerful
speaking ability. Hitler organized an army for the Nazi party called the Storm Troopers
("Brown Shirts") who were called upon to fight groups seeking to disband the Nazi's.
On November 9, 1923, Hitler led more than 2,000 Storm Troopers on a march to seize the Bavarian
government. The attempt failed and Hitler was arrested and sentenced to prison for five years for treason.
While in prison, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (MyStruggle). In this book. he stated his beliefs and plans for
Germany's future. Hitler only served nine months in prison and when he was released, he began to rebuild
the party again. He set up a private battle-ready elite guard known as the "Schutzstaffel" (SS). By 1929,
the Nazis had become an important political party. In 1930, a worldwide depression hit Germany, yet
Germany also had the debt of paying for the damage it had caused in World War I. Hitler protested against
paying the debt and said that the Jews and Communists were the cause for Germany's defeat in World War I.
He promised to rid Germany of Jews and Communists and to reunite the German speaking part of Europe.
In July, 1932, the Nazis received about 40% of the vote and became the strongest party in Germany.
On January 30,1933, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany. Once in this position,
Hitler moved quickly toward keeping a dictatorship. When von Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler already had
control of Germany and he gave himself the title "Fuehrer" (leader). Under Hitler's government, called the
Third Reich, there was no place for freedom. The government controlled every part of one's life. Hitler used
extensive propaganda to brainwash the nation into believing his theory about creating the perfect race or
other known as an Aryan or the nordic race. Hitler's plan to rid the nation and eventually the world of
Jews, Gypsies, Negroes, handicapped, mentally, and etc. This plan was called the "Final Solution. "World War
II began in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland to begin his capture of all German-speaking people. Already by
this time extermination camps were being established throughout Germany, Poland, and Russia.
Hitler was stopped in 1945 by the Allied countries, he had caused the extermination of over 12 million
people. Hitler committed suicide in his bunker on April 30,1945 and seven days later, Germany surrendered.
Here is a picture of the man that was in power during the Holocaust