The Rise and Fall of Hitlers Reich
Feeling that all was lost, Hitler shot himself on April 30, 1945.
formally given by him before his death, SS officers immersed Hitler's body in
gasoline and burned it in the garden of the Chancellery.
Soon after the suicide of
Hitler, the German forces surrendered.
The war was officially over; however, the
world was only beginning to realize the extent of its horror.
The rise and sudden
fall of Hitler had a sensational effect on people and nations around the world.
On Easter Sunday April 20, 1889, at an inn called the Gasth of Zum Pommer, the wife
of an Austrian Customs official gave birth to a son, Adolf Hitler.
He was the
fourth child to the parents of Alois and Klara Hitler of Austria. Hitler was a good
He took singing lessons and sang in the church choir.
When he hit an
adolescent age, he began to rebel.
When Hitler's dad acquired a top ranking job in
the military, he wanted his son to work hard so that he might become a civil
Hitler wanted nothing of it.
He wanted to become an artist like he
One of the teachers in his high school classified young Hitler as "notorious,
cantankerous, willful, arrogant, and irascible.
He has an obvious difficulty in
fitting in at school."
He did well enough to get by in some of his courses but had
no time for subjects that did not interest him.
Years later, his former school
mates would remember how Adolf would taunt his teachers and draw sketches of them
in his school notebooks.
Forty years later, in the sessions at his headquarters
which produced the record of his table talk, Hitler recalled several times the
teachers of his school days with contempt.
"They had no sympathy with youth.
Their one object was to stuff our brains and turn us into erudite apes themselves.
If any pupil showed the slightest trace of originality, they persecuted him
Adolf saw no real reason to stay in high school.
He left school at age sixteen
without a leaving certificate.
In September 1907, Hitler left home taking with him
all the money left to him by his father, who had died a few years earlier.
money would be enough for tuition and board at the art school in Vienna.
Vienna School of Fine Arts had strict entrance requirements.
After taking the
preliminary examination, the applicant was asked to submit drawings.
drawings were most preferred.
Hitler's drawings were returned saying they were
"too wooden and too lifeless."
He was rejected.
He tried three months later and
did not get past the preliminary exam.
His artist career was over.
died two months later on December 21st 1907.
Hitler moved into an apartment with his friend in Vienna.
He pretended to be a
student living off his relatives money.
He read many books and sat in on the
Austrian government sessions .
Hitler speaks of his life in Vienna as "five years
in which I had to earn my daily bread, first as a casual laborer, then as a painter
of little trifles."
He loitered about the streets and was hungry.