He may have left Vienna to evade conscription into the Austrian Army. The Bavarian police sent him back to Salzburg for induction into the Austrian Army, but he failed his physical exam on 5 February and returned to Munich. Because of his Austrian citizenship, he had to request permission to serve in the Bavarian Army.
Print this page The drifter Before embarking on a political career in September at the age of thirty, Adolf Hitler had been a nonentity.
With no formal qualifications, he had become an aimless drifter and failed artist before joining the army on the outbreak of war in August There he was not considered worthy of promotion because of 'a lack of leadership qualities', although his award of the Iron Cross First Class showed that he did not lack courage.
Yet during the next 26 years he succeeded in gaining and exercising supreme power in Germany and, in the process, arguably had more impact on the history of the world in the 20th century than any other political figure.
The explanation for this remarkable transformation lies partly in Hitler himself, in his particular personal qualities and gifts, and partly in the situation in which he found himself, with a nation in deep crisis.
Before embarking on a political career Adolf Hitler had been a nonentity.
Hitler's political career began in Munich when he joined the German Workers' Party DAPa tiny group of extreme nationalists and anti-Semites who saw their role as trying to win over German workers from the internationalist Social Democratic Party and, in the aftermath of defeat and revolution, to persuade people that Jews were primarily responsible for Germany's plight.
Why then did Hitler choose to join the NSDAP and effectively adopt politics as a career, and what personal qualities, abilities and political opinions did he bring with him from his previous life, which may help to explain his choice and his subsequent career? His family background has given rise to much psychological speculation.
His father, a customs official who died when Hitler was 13, was cold and strict, while his mother was gentle and loving and pampered her son, who adored her. Hitler was clearly intelligent but bored by much of his formal education, except for history, which was taught with a strong German nationalist bias.
He was growing up at a time when the German-speaking parts of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg empire were saturated with Pan German ethnic nationalism. Although extreme ethnic nationalism was a general feature of early 20th century Europe, it was particularly virulent in Austria because of the growing threat to German dominance posed by the rise of other nationalities within the empire, in particular the Czechs.
Hitler's school career ended in failure, but the death of his father had removed the pressure on him to get a job. By now he had developed the self-image of an artist, a superior being above mundane employment, who would one day create great works of art or architecture.
He spent his time in his home town, Linz, reading, drawing, attending the theatre or opera; he had developed a particular passion for Wagner. Invariably polite and well turned out, his behaviour was marked by a combination of arrogance and insecurity not unusual in adolescence, but in his case extreme.
He was particularly gauche in his relations with girls; indeed, his only relationship during this period was a fantasy one. But there is no suggestion from anyone who knew him then that he was homosexual. Top Drifting in Vienna Having moved to Vienna inhis failure to get into Art school came as a major blow.
His money from an orphan's pension and borrowed from relatives eventually ran out, and he was forced to take refuge in men's hostels where he lived from to A troubled childhood.
Baby Hitler. The only Adolf Hitler baby photo known to exist. @ Adolf Hitler Timeline Born (, April 20) – Adolf Hitler is born in an inn in the Austrian village of Braunau-am-Inn.
He is the third child of Alois Hitler and his third wife Klara, but the other two children had died in infancy. Adolf Hitler: Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party (from /21) and chancellor and Fuhrer of Germany (–45). He was the leader of Germany during that country’s participation in World War II, and he oversaw the Nazi Party’s implementation of the Holocaust, which resulted in the deaths of .
Track the key events in Hitler's life, Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline. Updated Monday 20th August Track the key events in Hitler's life, from his childhood in Austria to his suicide in the bunker in Berlin. Hitler re-arms Germany with the aim of undoing the Treaty of Versailles and uniting all the German peoples.
Military. Oct 23, · BBC History File film on life in Nazi Germany. Intended for educational purposes. Hitler later wrote: "When I was confined to bed, the idea came to me that I would liberate Germany, that I would make it great.
I knew immediately that it would be realized."  However, it is unlikely that he committed himself to a career in politics at that point in time. Childhood And Early Life.
Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, , in Braunau am Inn, Austria. Adolf Hitler was three years old when the family moved to Germany. Career. As Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler built an army despite the requirements of the Treaty of Versailles.