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10 Things You Never Knew About Nazi Leader, Adolf Hitler

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Adolf Hitler a name that brings implications of warfare, death, wretchedness and the endeavored killing of a whole race. 

Adolf Hitler a name that brings implications of warfare, death, wretchedness and the endeavored killing of a whole race. Yes, the Nazi leader established himself as the Fuhrer of all of Germany before leading the world into a second brutal World War between the years of 1939 and 1945, but he also went about trying to do so much more than that. Six-million Jews and an estimated 11million people in all were killed as a result of the Holocaust, which he orchestrated.

1. Hitler Lived In Homeless Shelters For A Period

During his teens, Hitler dreamed of being an artist, and was twice rejected from Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts (in both 1907 and 1908) due to “his unfitness for painting”. Following his second rejection, Hitler remained in Vienna and tried to make a living out of selling his paintings but – partly due to their poor quality and partly due to his lack of resources – he quickly ran out of money.

This forced Hitler, as a young adult, to revert to dossing in homeless shelters in Vienna and – whenever he sold a painting – he would occasionally spend the night in a hostel instead.

2. The Great Reformer Martin Luther Was One Of His Influences

As a quite angry individual, Hitler blamed Germany’s woes on many things – and one of those he termed “Catholic Germanophobia”. This led him to become inspired by Martin Luther – the great leader of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century – due to the former friar’s dismissal of the Catholic Church.

Despite having been brought up as a Catholic as a child, Hitler despised Christianity – and particularly the papacy – yet he found inspiration from Luther.

3. Hitler Was “Nationless” For Seven Years

Although he later professed his goal for a Grossdeutschland (“Greater Germany”), Hitler was in fact Austrian by birth. Yet from a young age, Hitler longed to be part of Imperial Germany and despised the Habsburg’s Austro-Hungarian Empire – formally renouncing his Austrian citizenship in April 1925.

He did this despite the fact it prevented him from running for public office in Germany and left him at risk of deportation at any time – and, until he was awarded citizenship of Brunswick in February 1932, Hitler technically was “nationless” or “stateless” as he did not have a formal nationality.

4. Hitler Was Temporarily Blinded At Least Once

During World War I, while serving in the trenches as a messenger, Hitler was temporarily blinded following a mustard gas attack on his camp. The injuries forced Hitler to be hospitalised and he was admitted to a unit in Pasewalk, Germany, to recover.

According to Hitler himself, he also suffered a second temporary spate of blindness upon hearing of the horrifying news of Germany’s Armistice with France and Britain. This, however, is unconfirmed.

5. It Is Likely He Had Parkinson’s Disease

Throughout his life Hitler suffered from any number of illnesses, injuries, and ailments – and one that doctors diagnosed him with was Parkinson’s disease. Hitler suffered from physical and mental symptoms of the disease for the last 11 years of his life and it is argued by some historians that possible dementia as a result of the illness affected his decision-making during World War II.

Videos of Hitler’s speeches show his hands trembling, his legs stiffening, and an inability to move freely – all classic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

6. Hitler Was TIME Magazine’s Man Of The Year For 1938

“I have returned from Germany with peace for our time,” were the infamous words uttered by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on his return from the Munich Conference in September 1938. https://www.youtube.com/embed/FJ3N_2r6R-o?autoplay=1&controls=1

That conference – conducted between French Premier Edouard Daladier, Italian leader Benito Mussolini, Hitler, and Chamberlain himself – was perceived at the time to have prevented a world war due to the fact Germany were granted the Sudetenland, part of Czechoslovakia.

Such a monumental event of “peacekeeping” led Hitler to be named “without a doubt” as TIME magazine’s Man of the Year for 1938. Incredible when you think about it now…

7. He Contemplated Being A Priest During His Childhood

Although he soon shunned his Catholic upbringing, Hitler did hold aspirations to be a priest during his childhood. As an eight-year-old, Hitler was a proud member of the church choir and took up singing lessons in order to improve his vocals. But Hitler’s religious beliefs soon faded and he became an atheist to the very core – shattering any dreams he may have previously held of becoming a priest.

8. Three Of His Six Siblings Died When He Was A Child

Hitler was far from an only child – in fact, he had six siblings, four of whom died before his 25th birthday. Three of them actually died when he was still an infant – their names were Gustav, Ida, and Otto. Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl’s fourth child was named Adolf – and he was the one who went on to become infamous.

9. Hitler Crafted Laws Against Animal Cruelty

Yes, this one is going to seem extremely strange considering the innumerable human atrocities he ordered during his lifetime, but Hitler despised animal cruelty. A committed vegetarian, Hitler was put off meat when he was young – legend has it as a result of witnessing an autopsy – and became determined to protect animals.

He helped to implement laws which protected wild animals, chickens, and cattle – and he intended to reduce Germany’s meat consumption after World War II.

10. He Was Prescribed Cocaine – And Took It Twice A Day

Drugs were administered to Hitler on a frighteningly regular basis – and he was even prescribed to take cocaine twice a day. Hitler would use an inhaler to get a regular fix of the drug to aid with his sinus and throat problems throughout his time in office during the Third Reich. Additionally, Hitler was also provided with eye drops that also contained cocaine – so it seems he was smacked up a heck of a lot of the time…

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