Arguably the most effective and powerful tyrant of the twentieth century. Was once a small innocent choir boy, then a homeless man obsessed with power and dictatorship, now personally responsible for the deaths of 6 million Jews.
In the Austrian town of Braunau on April 20th, 1889, Adolf Hitler was born to mother and father Klara Pölzl and Alois Hitler. Adolf was a great student all throughout primary school, even being a member in the school choir, but very shortly after going to college Adolf soon became rebellious and was failing many of he’s classes. In 1905 He transferred to another school, but then in the end he just quit formal education altogether. He began his years of amateur painting, and dreamt of becoming a famous artist. In 1907, when his mother died, he moved to Vienna to apply for a position in The Academy of Fine Arts. However he’s application was rejected as they thought he was simply not good enough. He became homeless and was living in men’s shelters, trying to survive on an orphan's pension and the money he earned by selling postcards he’d painted. It was whilst he was homeless that he first began to be fascinated by the immense possibility of political manipulation.
He was enthralled by the successes of the Vienna, Mayor Karl Lueger and his propaganda organisation. Under the mayor’s influence, Hitler started to develop the extreme obsession with anti-Semitism that would remain central to his own beliefs. In May 1913 Hitler attempted to slip across the German border to Munich to avoid the Austrian military service. He was arrested and turned over to the Austrian police days later. He convinced the police not to lock him up and presented himself for the draft physical examination, which he failed to pass. Hitler returned to Munich after the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 where he volunteered to serve in the German army. He fought hard and successfully on the German Western front but accomplished no higher rank than corporal. He was awarded numerous medals for bravery, along with the highly appreciated Iron Cross First Class.
Once the war had ended he was completely shocked that Germany had lost the war. Hitler joined the German Workers' Party in 1919 at age thirty, which only had 7 members. Later that year in September Hitler was quickly announced the most well-liked and notable speaker of the German Workers Party, and soon there were hundreds of people joining because of Hitler’s attraction. In early 1920’s Hitler pushed the German Workers' Party to hold its first mass meeting. The next time Hitler turned up to a party meeting he was ecstatic to see 2000 people including a large number of Communists. After Hitler had given his speeches, he knew there was something missing, a recognisable symbol. Hitler chose the swastika to be the emblem of the German workers party. It provided a powerful, instantly recognizable symbol that immediately helped the party gain popularity. By the end of 1920 it had about three thousand...