half past six on the evening of April 20th, 1889 an innocent child was
born in the small town of Braunau Am Inn, Austria. The name of the child
was Adolf Hitler.
mother, born Klara Pölzl, was 23 years younger than Alois. She was so
closely related to her husband that a special dispensation was sought from
Rome before they could marry in 1884. Of the six children born of this
marriage, only two survived, Adolf and a younger sister called Paula.
Young Adolf attended church regularly, sang in the local choir and spent hours playing 'cowboys and Indians' and reveled in the westerns penned by Karl May. He grew up with a poor record at school and left, before completing his tuition, with an ambition to become an artist or architect. Alois Hitler had died when Adolf was thirteen and Klara brought up Adolf and his sister, Paula, on her own.
neighbor of the Hitler family later recalled: 'When the postmaster asked
him one day what he wanted to do for a living and whether he wouldn't like
to join the post-office, he replied that it was his intention to become a
great artist ...'