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Adolf Hitler was born on April 20 1889 in Braunau Austria a small town across the Inn River from Germany Soon after Hitlers birth 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 Hitlers 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 This attempt ended when he failed the entrance exam to the Academy of Fine Arts When Hitlers mother died in 1907 he decided to remain in Vienna He took the entrance exam a year later and failed again He did not have steady work in Vienna but instead took a variety of odd jobs He lived in cheap rooming houses or slept on park benches and he often had to get meals from charity kitchens During his time in Vienna Hitler learned to hate non-Germans Hitler was a German-speaking Austrian and considered himself German He ridiculed the Austrian government for recognizing eight languages as official and believed that no government could last if it treated ethnic groups equally In 1913 Hitler went to Munich Germany and when World War I began in 1914 he volunteered for service in the German army Hitler was twice decorated for bravery but only rose to the rank of corporal When World War I ended Hitler was in a hospital recovering from temporary blindness possibly caused by a poison gas attack The Versailles Treaty that ended the war stripped Germany of much of its territory forced the country to disarm and ordered Germany to pay huge reparations When the army returned to Germany the country was in despair The country was bankrupt and millions of people
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