Hitler’s Life

Hitler was born in Austria on April 20, 1889. At a young age Hitler fell in love with art and aspired to becoming an artist. However his father disapproved of such behavior and wanted him to go into the business like he had done. As a result Hitler and his father never got along, always clashing over the different ideas that he had about life and interests that he had, especially over what he was wanting to do in his life. Hitler’s father suddenly died in 1903. Two years later after the death of his father, Hitler dropped out of school. Even though only being sixteen at the time Hitler moved to Linz, Austria where he spent his times wandering around the city going to museums, paint exhibit’s, and even numerous operas. Since his father was dead there was no one to tell him what to do so Hitler did what he wanted. As for jobs Hitler worked as a casual laborer and a watercolor painter. Hitler had applied to the Fine Arts Academy where he was rejected twice. After running out of money he was forced to live in a homeless shelter and this is where he claimed to develop his anti-Semitic views. At the start of World War I Hitler signed up to be in the army. He earned a few medals and even a Black Wound Badge for when he was injured. At the end of the war he continued to work for the military as a German intelligence officer. One of his jobs was to monitor the DAP which was the German Worker Party and upon this he really started to catch on to the ideas anti-Semitism, and anti-Marxist ideals. The founder of DAP Anton Drexler invited Hitler to be a part of the DAP. In 1919 Hitler joined. DAP eventually changed its name to NSDAP to gather more support. This is when Hitler took it upon himself to create the new logo with a Swastika in a white circle on a red flag. After this the Hitler became very popular in the group and eventually became the leader which lead him into becoming the Dictator of German and the push of WWII. Hitler committed suicide at the end of WWII after realizing that he had lost and that the Allies where coming to capture him. Hitler died on April 30, 1945.

Hitler’s Art

Hitler started having a love for art at a young age. After the death of his father Hitler began to travel around Austria so he could start to live his dream of becoming an artist. Hitler was a great student of the arts and studied music, opera, paintings, sculptures, and architecture. While living in Vienna he made little money doing odd jobs and being a watercolor painter. Whatever money he made, he always tried to attend lectures, concerts, operas, and the theater whenever he could. As an artist, he is estimated to have created between 2000 and 3000 drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings. His artistic talent revealed itself at an early age and continued painting and drawing throughout his life. His art continued throughout his leadership of Germany and included detailed building plans, furniture design, city planning, and monuments. Hitler’s favorite thing to do was to go and just stare at the architecture of the buildings. He would spend hours just staring at the buildings, then after he would go back and paint what he just saw even with only one glance. Hitler tried getting into the Fine Arts Academy however he was rejected twice and told that maybe he should go into Architecture, however since he didn’t have enough education he wasn’t able to do that and stayed at focusing towards being an Artist. After his second failed attempt to get into the Art Academy he ran out of money and was forced to move into a shelter. While there he continued to paint and would often paint the pictures that he would see on postcards. Hitler would sale his paintings to local shops. Ironically he would sale most of his paintings to mostly Jewish shop owners, he was also assisted by a man named Josef Neumann, who was a Jew that he befriended. Adolf Hitler aspired to be a painter, however he was considered being a very mediocre painter. However his knowledge and understanding of art's power was second to none. Hitler realized that by conquering Europe, he would require more than war. He would need a complete domination of the culture, especially its art and architecture. When Hitler realized that they were starting to lose the war, he tried to take as much art as he could. What they couldn’t haul he would order the Nazis to destroy it. Leaving no trace behind. There was so much art that they collected that every Nazi leader had their own personal art collection. A lot of the modern art that was considered “decadent” was ordered to be burned. Some of the art collected went into Hitler's and Goering's vast private collections; others went to the new House of German Art built in Munich. However all the art needed to be to the Fuhrer's own specifications and needed to be considered fine to him. After the war the Allies found numerous works of great art. However these pieces of Great Art as well as the other property stolen by the Nazis, are still being returned to the descendants of their original owners. In 2009 15 of Hitler’s paintings were sold in a auction for a total of $120,000, and In a 2012 auction, an individual painting fetched $42,300.

Sources

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2. “The History Place - Rise of Hitler: War Ends with German Defeat.” The History Place - Rise of Hitler: War Ends with German Defeat. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.

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