Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th
, 1889 in the small town of Braunau, in Austria. Hitler’s parents, Alois Hitler and Klara Hitler, had both come from poor families. A look at Hitler’s family tree reveals many marriages and remarriages, as well as evidence of many illegitimate children. In fact, Hitler’s father was the illegitimate son of a housemaid. However, Alois Hitler was said to have been extremely intelligent and filled with a desire to do better. He became a senior customs official for the Austrian Civil Service.
Klara Hitler was Alois’s third and final wife. She was twenty-three years younger than her husband. Together they had five children in total, though only two of those five children survived into adulthood, Adolf and his younger sister, Paula. Alois also had two older children from previous marriages, a daughter, Angela Raubal, and a son who was said to have been a great disappointment to the elder Hitler. Perhaps because of this disappointment in his elder son, Alois was extremely strict with Adolf, whom he beat viciously if his son did not follow orders.
As an adult Adolf Hitler, didn’t show a particular interest in women early on. He was said to have been against marriage, although he was well-known to have professed a love of children and animals. When Hitler’s interest in the opposite sex finally seemed to rev up, he became something of a womanizer and his preference was for much younger women he could control easily. A famous quote by Hitler including the line, “A highly intelligent man should take a primitive and stupid woman.” He did not favor any woman who showed an interest in politics. Two of Hitler’s affairs, including one with his half-niece, Geli, ended in suicides.
Adolf Hitler, despite his love of children, admitted to having no desire to ever have his own. It was said that he felt if he had children, he would be too tempted to feel disappointment in them if they did not live up to his own genius. However, more and more evidence suggests that Adolf Hitler may have father one illegitimate son during his time in France as a young German soldier. He carried on an affair with a 16-year-old girl who gave birth to a song she called Jean-Marie in 1918. Though Hitler never acknowledged the child, his affair with Charlotte Lobjoie was well-documented, including a painting of Charlotte done by Hitler and found in his residence, and Jean-Marie, who passed away in 1985 at the age of 67, was said to have born a striking resemblance to his alleged father.
In 1945, shortly before taking his own life, Adolf Hitler married his long-time mistress, Eva Braun, in a bunker as it was being shelled by the Red Army.
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