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In 1889 Austria was not what it is today It was the centre of the Hapsburg or Austro-Hungarian Empire It was a fairly stable place emerging from the wars of 1848 and 1866 and it was thriving culturally and a great place to be On the 20th of April 1889 these were the political conditions Adolf Hitler was born into Hitler was born in a small Austrian village called Braunau-am-Inn close to the German border He was born into the family of Alois and Klara Hitler- their first healthy child Hitlers father was the illegitimate child of Maria Anna Schicklgruber and an unknown father In 1876 Alois Schicklgruber became Alois Hitler when the name he meant to change to Hiedler was miss-spelt Klara Polzl was Alois Hitlers third wife and not only was she 23 years younger than him she was also his niece Although Adolf was the 4th out of 6 children he and his younger sister of 7 years Paula were the only ones to live past early childhood As a young child Hitlers mother lavished affection on him because she was scared of losing him like she had previous children After the death of Adolfs younger brother Edmund who only lived till the age of six Hitler became slightly angry towards his father but became completely devoted to his mother because he felt he needed to protect her from his domineering father Hitlers education began at a monastery school in the town of Lambach He studied there for a few years sang in the boys choir and at one stage even considered becoming a priest The first 6 years of his schooling were excellent and his grades were superb However when he started attending high school in Linz there was a dramatic change and his grades dropped remarkably In 1905 at the age of 16 Hitler quit school in pursuit of life as an artist His total schooling amounted to 10 years
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