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Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on April 20 1889 He created a lot of myths around his early life in order to show that he was destined for greatness In fact there was nothing very extraordinary about his background He was the son of a minor customs official and peasant girl He was a poor student and never completed high school He also applied for admission to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna but was rejected for lack of talent The young Hitler thought of himself as a misunderstood artist a lonely genius among petty people After the sudden death of his mother it began the most miserable and lonely five years of his life He lived on his small inheritance and orphans pension for a short period of time When the money ran out he lived in the cheapest shelters and his acquaintances were equally down and out He was regarded as a hot-tempered eccentric He made a small living from selling his postcard paintings of Vienna scenes and from odd jobs These lonely desperate years in Vienna were crucial for the development of Hitlers political ideas Most important it was as a social reject in that capital that he developed his hatred of the Jews By the time Hitler was 5 years old he had moved several times where they finally settles in a town called Linz in northern Austria He didnt care for his father and spoke about him as a bad-tempered drunkard He died drinking a glass of wine in a tavern when Hitler was 13 years old His mother was his biggest supporter When he quit school at age 16 to sturdy the arts and music she took care of him financially while he pursued his dream When she died suddenly when he was only 17 it began the most miserable and lonely five years of his life In
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