Adolf Hitler's Rise To Power

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Adolf Hitler's Rise to Nazi Power On April 20, 1889 in the small Austrian village of Braunau Am Inn one of the most influential people in world history was born. His name was Adolf Hitler and no one knew this newborn baby would lead a movement in which people would be killed solely based on their family history. As a child Hitler and his family lived on a small farm outside of Linz, Austria. The Hitler family consisted of Adolf, little brother Edmund, little sister Paula, older half-brother Alois Jr., older half-sister Angela. His family moved to the town of Lambach, Austria, halfway between Linz and Salzburg. This was the first of several moves the family would make during the restless retirement of Hitler's father. This move gave young Adolf less work and more play. Adolf attended school at an old Catholic Benedictine monastery that was in town. The ancient monastery was decorated with carved stones and woodwork that included several swastikas.

Young Hitler did well in the monastery school and also took part in the boys' choir. As a child Hitler even considered becoming a priest himself. Hitler had to go to another school when his family moved once again in 1898. They moved to the village of Leonding, close to Linz. Hitler found school easy and got good grades. One day Hitler came across some of his father's books of a military nature. Hitler became obsessed with one of the books that he found. It was a picture book on the War of 1870-71 between the Germans and the French. He read it over and over, becoming convinced it had been a glorious event.

At the age of eleven Hitler would play Cowboys and Indians, which gave way to battle re-enactments, especially after the Boer War broke out...