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Adolf Hitler was leader of Germany during the Third Reich (1933-1945) and the primary
instigator of both the Second World War in Europe and the mass execution of millions of people
deemed to be enemies or inferior to the Aryan ideal.
Adolf Hitler was born in Brunau am Inn, Austria, on April 20th 1889 to Alois Hitler (who,
as an illegitimate child, had previously used his mothers name of Schickelgruber) and Klara
Poelzl. Alois died in 1903 but left money to take care of the family. Hitler was close to his
mother , who was highly indulgent of Hitler, and he was deeply affected when she died in 1907.
He left school at 16 in1905, intending to become a painter.
Adolf Hitler moved to Munich in 1913 and avoided Austrian military service in early
1914 by virtue of being unfit . However , when the First World War broke out in 1914 he join
the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment (an oversight prevented him from being sent to Austria),
serving throughout the war , mostly as a
corporal after refusing promotion .
After World War I Hitler became
convinced he was destined to help
Germany , but his first move was to stay in
the army, with its wages, for as long as
possible, and to do so he went along with
the socialists now in charge.
In November 1923 Hitler organized
Bavarian nationalists under a figurehead
of General Ludendroff into a coup (or
Hitler will forever be remembered for starting the Second World War , the most costly
conflict in world history, thanks to his desire to expant Germanys borders through force. He will
equally be remembered for his dreams of racial purity, which prompted him to order the
execution of million of people, perhaps as high as eleven million. Although every arm of German
bureaucracy was turned to pursuing the executions, Hitler was the chief driving force.