Adolf Hitler

Essay by Brad Smith ][High School, 11th grade December 1996

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At half past six on the evening of April 20th, 1889 a child

was born in the small town of Branau, Austria. The name of the

child was Adolf Hitler. He was the son a Customs official Alois

Hitler, and his third wife Klara.

As a young boy Adolf attendated church regulary and sang in

the local choir. One day he carved a symbol into the bench which

resembled the Swastika he later used as the symbol of the Nazi

party. He was a pretty good student. He received good marks in

most of his classes. However in his last year of school he

failed German and Mathematics, and only succeeded in Gym and

Drawing. He drooped out of school at the age of 16, spending a

total of 10 years in school. From childhood one it was his dream

to become an artist or architect.

He was not a bad artist, as

his surviving paintings and drawings show but he never showed any

originality or creative imagination. To fullfil his dream he had

moved to Vienna the capital of Austria where the Academy of arts

was located. He failed the first time he tried to get admission

and in the next year, 1907 he tried again and was very sure of

success. To his surprise he failed again. In fact the Dean of

the academy was not very impressed with his performance, and gave

him a really hard time and said to him 'You will never be

painter.' The rejection really crushed him as he now reached a

dead end. He could not apply to the school of architecture as he

had no high-school diploma. During the next 35 years of his live

the young man never forgot the rejection he received in the...