Adolf Hitler’s father, like his son, largely overestimated his own abilities and self-taught knowledge. According to the Austrian historian Roman Sandgruber, this is evident from some letters from Alois Hitler, which were discovered in an attic in Austria.
Sandgruber, who published a book with his findings on Monday, analyzed 31 hitherto unknown letters Alois Hitler wrote to a man who had sold him a farm in the Austrian village of Hafeld. A descendant of that man had gone to Sandgruber’s door five years ago and told him about the letters she had found under the roof of her house.
The typed pages seem to indicate that Hitler’s father, a customs officer, was a know-it-all. Alois Hitler “always wanted to be an erudite landowner, above all others,” said Sandgruber. Father and son both disliked the authorities and also shared anti-religious feelings.
In his German book, the title of which translates as “Hitler’s father. How the son became a dictator ”, says Sandgruber that Hitler has been anti-Semitic in Upper Austria from an early age. In doing so, he disputes the assumption that the deceased dictator only developed feelings of hatred towards Jews after moving to Vienna. The original version of a biography by a teenage friend of Hitler’s, August Kubizek, reveals that Hitler joined an anti-Semitic club barely two months after his arrival in the Austrian capital.
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