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Adolf Hitler was born on April 20 1889 in Braunau-am-Inn Austria of German descent His father Alois was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber In middle age Alois took the name Hitler from his paternal grandfather After two wives had died Alois married his foster daughter Klara Poelzi a Bavarian 23 years younger than he She became Adolfs mother Adolf was raised as a spoiled child by his doting mother It was she who protected him from the wrath of his father He consistently failed in his schooling only to grow up a half educated young man untrained for any trade or profession seemingly doomed to failure His father wanted Adolf to study for a government position But as young Adolf wrote later the thought of slaving in a office made me illnot to be master of my own time Adolf filled most of his school hours with daydreams of becoming a painter His one school interest was history especially that of Germans When his teachers spoke of Germany his attention increased When Adolf was twelve years old and faced with repeating a year in school Adolf announced he wanted to be an artist and no longer needed to go to school His father was adamant and shouted Artist no Never as long as I live According to Adolfs sister Paula he was a scrubby little rogue who constantly ridiculed the civil-service career of his father who whipped him daily Hitlers teachers in grammer school remembered him as arrogant ill-tempered willful One of them wroteAt the same time he demanded the unqualified subservience of his fellow peers fancying himself in the role of a leader and of course playing many small harmless pranks On January 3 1903 Adolfs father died of a lung hemmorage at the age of 65 The next year at the technical school he had been attending his performance continued to decline Adolf knew
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