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Adolf Hitler was born on April 20 1889 the fourth child of Alois Schickelgruber and Klara Hitler in the Austrian town of Braunau Two of his siblings died from diphtheria when they were children and one died shortly after birth Young Adolf was showered with love and affection by his mother When Adolf was three years old the family moved to Passau along the Inn River on the German side of the border A brother Edmond was born two years later Following another family move Adolf lived for six months across from a large Benedictine monastery The monasterys coat of arms most salient feature was a swastika As a youngster Adolfs dream was to enter the priesthood By 1900 Hitlers talents as an artist surfaced Because the latter had a course in drawing Adolf accepted his fathers decision to enroll him in the Realschule Adolfs father died in 1903 after suffering a pleural hemorrhage Adolf himself suffered from lung infections and he quit school at the age of 16 partially the result of ill health and partially the result of poor school work In 1906 Adolf was permitted to visit Vienna but he was unable to gain admission to a prestigious art school His mother developed terminal breast cancer Hitler spent six years in Vienna living on a small legacy from his father and an orphans pension Virtually penniless by 1909 he wandered Vienna as a transient sleeping in bars flophouses and shelters for the homeless including ironically those financed by Jewish According to John Tolands biography Adolf Hitler two of his closest friends at this time were Jewish and he admired Jewish art dealers In May 1913 Hitler seeking to avoid military service left Vienna for Munich the capital of Bavaria following a windfall received from an aunt who was dying In January the police came to his door bearing a draft notice from the Austrian government Hitler was arrested on the spot and
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