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Adolf Hitler was born on April 20 1889 at Braunau am Inn Austria a small town in Upper Austria on the border with Germany He was the fourth of six children of Alois Hitler 1837-1903 a customs official and Klara P Aloiss niece and third wife Of these six children only Adolf and his younger sister Paula reached adulthood Alois Hitler also had a son Alois Junior and a daughter Angela by his second wife In Mein Kampf Hitler describes his father as an irascible tyrant although there is little indication that Alois Hitler treated his son more strictly than was usual for that time and place Adolfs strict Catholic upbringing was typical for the region He served as an altar boy and sang in the choir but was not a practicing Catholic as an adult though in public discourses he continued to frequently claim he was a Christian1 His father Alois was born out of wedlock and used his mothers surname Schicklgruber until he was 40 In 1896 he began using the name of his stepfather Johann Georg Hiedler after visiting a priest responsible for birth registries and declaring that Georg was his father Alois gave the impression that Georg was still alive but he was long dead The spelling was probably changed to Hitler by a clerk Later Adolf Hitler was accused by his political enemies of not rightfully being a Hitler but a Schicklgruber This was also exploited in Allied propaganda during the Second World War when pamphlets bearing the phrase Heil Schicklgruber were airdropped over German cities Adolf was legally born a Hitler however and was also closely related to Hiedler through his mothers family Hitler was not sure who his paternal grandfather was but it was probably either Johann Georg Hiedler or his brother Johann von Nepomuk Hiedler There have been rumours that Hitler was one-quarter Jewish and that his paternal grandmother Maria Schicklgruber had become pregnant after working as
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