Early Life

Adolf pictured in the centre, 1900

“When he was three years old, Hitler’s family relocated to Kapuzinerstrasse in Passau, Germany. In 1894, the family relocated to Leonding near Linz. Afterwards, in June 1895, Alois, Adolf’s father, retired to a small landholding at Hafeld near Lambach, where he tried his hand at farming and beekeeping. During this time, the young Hitler attended school in nearby Fischlham.”

However, his father’s efforts at Hafeld ended in failure, and the family relocated to Lambach in 1897.

Hitler attended a Catholic school against his will as he wanted so much as to go to a public school and study art.

It was in Lambach that the eight-year-old Hitler took singing lessons, sang in the church choir, and even entertained the fantasy of one day becoming a priest.

After a while of constant relocating, the family returned permanently to Leonding in 1898.

As the years progressed there came struggles Hitler faced of which brought unhappiness and sorrow.

There were many factors from Hitler’s childhood that morphed him into becoming a cruel tyrant as he did.

“His younger brother Edmund died of measles on February 2, 1900, causing permanent changes in Hitler. He went from a confident, outgoing boy who excelled in school, to a depressed boy who constantly battled his father and his teachers.”

This constant conflict between Hitler’s father and teacher revolved around the two environments in which he struggled in most. Nonetheless, his anger relating to these issues rebelled him into becoming an outline of a sullen boy inside the body of a man.

As Alois failed in his efforts to keep the farm going, Hitler’s father took out his anger on his son by beating him for reasons unkwon. Therefore, the relationship between Hitler and his mother became stronger. Despite that fact, Alois wanted his son to follow in his footsteps as an Austrian customs official, which became a major source of conflict between the two.

Another factor that Hitler may have been agitated by was the fact that his father sent him to the Realschule in Linz (a technical high school of about 300 students) in the September of 1900 despite his son’s aspiration to go to a classical high school and become an artist.

Hitler continued to rebell over the years. As written in Mein Kampf Hitler confesses to failing his first year in hopes that once his father saw “what little progress I was making at the technical school he would let me devote myself to the happiness I dreamed of.” Alois never relented, however, and Hitler became even more bitter and rebellious.