Adolf Hitler Facts
Adolf Hitler is known for being the leader of Nazi Germany and leading the systematic takeover of many European countries and the murder of more than 6 million Jews and millions of others deemed 'inferior'. He had always had German nationalist ideals, which likely fueled his rise to power after World War I, but started life in a very different way. Here are some unique and important facts about Hitler:
-Adolf Hitler was born in Austria in 1889.
-Hitler had four siblings that died in childhood. His father also died when he was just 13.
-Adolf Hitler wanted to be an artist growing up. He applied to Vienna Academy of Art twice, but was rejected both times because he had never finished his primary schooling.
-After Hitler's mother died, his anti-Semitic views grew and overtook the artistic side of him. He eventually moved to Munich and enlisted in the German army during WWI.
-Hitler was injured during the war and became a decorated war hero. When Germany surrendered, however, Hitler felt like he had been stabbed in the back by the country that he loved so dearly.
-Hitler joined the German Workers Party in 1919, quickly becoming a leader and renaming it the Nazi party. He used this as his tool to help him rise to power.
-Although Hitler already had many anti-Semitic and nationalist views, he collected more through his membership in the Nazi party.
-Adolf Hitler is the reason that the word 'propaganda' has a negative connotation. He was notorious for fabricating information and presenting it as fact to convince his followers that the Jews were the 'problem' in Germany.
-Hitler's staff was known to make films of torture and killing of the Nazi Party's political prisoners, which he enjoyed watching. He also enjoyed pornography, which his assistants provided him with upon request.
-Whether Hitler committed suicide to avoid capture or to honor his Nazi beliefs of 'death before dishonor' has never been determined, and is the subject of much speculation.
-Although Hitler was with Eva Braun for many years, they only married the day before they committed suicide together.
-Adolf Hitler was ultimately held responsible for the murder of more than 11 million people during the Holocaust, although his suicide kept him from ever being held accountable. He is commonly accepted as one of the most evil men in history.
-Hitler's attack on Poland was officially the beginning of World War II in Europe. He was warned not to attack in advance, but did not listen.