The life path of the dictator Adolf Hitler is rich in several facets. New sources suggest that his father was a major influence. Overestimation of oneself and contempt for authorities are found in both father and son.
Letters from Hitler’s father have surfaced.
According to researchers, the attic find now gives a different view of Hitler’s childhood.
The father despised authorities.
One researcher is convinced that Adolf Hitler was shaped much more strongly by his father than previously known. The customs officer Alois Hitler (1837-1903), like his son, overestimated his self-taught education and massively overestimated himself, says the economic historian Roman Sandgruber, citing new sources. He relies on 31 previously unknown letters from Alois, around 35 typewritten pages, to the seller of his farm. “His father always wanted to be a learned gentleman farmer who is better than others,” says Sandgruber. Alois Hitler had no practical experience.
Sandgruber takes in his book, “Hitler’s Father. As the son became a dictator, »Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) also proposed a reassessment of anti-Semitism. The 60-page original version of a book by Hitler’s childhood friend August Kubizek, written in 1943, suggests that Hitler developed massive anti-Jewish attitudes as early as his youth in Linz. In this original version Kubizek expressly contradicts the version of Hitler, who, according to Mein Kampf, only became an anti-Semite during his years in Vienna. “He joined an anti-Semite club two months after arriving in Vienna,” said Sandgruber.
In general, if you look closely at Hitler’s childhood and youth, the picture of a very unsteady life emerges. In the first 18 years of his life, the Hitler family had 18 different places of residence, according to Sandgruber. So far completely unknown are two years at two residences in Urfahr near Linz. “That is probably also because one of the houses in Urfahr belonged to what is probably the richest Jew in Linz,” said the historian.
An essential character trait of the father was also his contempt for authorities. He was clearly anti-clerical and considered attending the service more like wearing his uniform. Even Hitler had nothing to do with the church or with the faith, even if he had never left the Catholic Church, said Sandgruber.
Imitating the father in the early years was enough that Adolf Hitler even practically copied his signature. The son’s only significant revolt against the father’s ideas was his refusal to pursue a career as a civil servant at his request. “He wanted to be a freelance artist and just not follow in his father’s footsteps.”
Hitler, from 1933 to 1945 Chancellor of what the Nazis called the Third Reich, plunged the world into World War II and was responsible for the genocide of the Jews.
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