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On January 14, , Adolf Hitler's mother went to see the family doctor about a pain in her chest, so bad it kept her awake at night. The doctor, Edward Bloch. These traits, the author argued in a s V.F. piece, along with Hitler's relationship with his mother, made a strange personality for a dictator. Beaten by his father, the future dictator used to bully his sister.
During the winter of —8, diphtheria struck the Hitler household, resulting in the deaths of both Gustav 8 December and Ida 2 January. Klara and Alois had been married for three years, and all their children were dead, but Alois still had the children from his relationship with Matzelsberger, Alois Jr. On 20 AprilKlara gave birth to Adolf. Recent research indicates that Otto Hitler, a brother of Adolf Hitler's long thought to have been born in may have been born three years after, on June 17, He died of hydrocephalus shortly after birth.
Adolf was a sickly child, and his mother fretted over him. Alois, who was 51 when Adolf was born, had little interest in child rearing and left it all to his wife. When not at work he was either in a tavern or busy with his hobby: InAlois was transferred from Braunau to Passau. He was 55, Klara 32, Alois Jr. InAlois Hitler was reassigned to Linz. Klara gave birth to their fifth child, Edmund, on 24 Marchand it was decided that she and the children would stay in Passau for the time being.
In FebruaryAlois Hitler purchased a house on a 3. The farm was called the Rauscher Gut. He moved his family to the farm and retired on 25 June at the age of 58 after 40 years in the customs service. He found farming difficult; he lost money, and the value of the property declined.
On 21 JanuaryPaula was born. Alois was often home with his family. He had five children ranging in age from infancy to 14; Smith suggests he yelled at the children almost continually and made long visits to the local tavern. Waite noted, "Even one of his closest friends admitted that Alois was 'awfully rough' with his wife [Klara] and 'hardly ever spoke a word to her at home. After Alois and Alois Jr had a violent argument, Alois Jr left home at 14, and the elder Alois swore he would never give the boy a penny of inheritance beyond what the law required.
Apparently Alois Jr's relations with his stepmother Klara were also strained.
After working as an apprentice waiter in the Shelbourne Hotel in DublinIrelandAlois Jr was arrested for theft and served a five-month sentence infollowed by a nine-month sentence in Alois wanted his son Adolf to seek a career in the civil service.
However, Adolf had become so alienated from his father that he was repulsed by whatever Alois wanted. Adolf sneered at the thought of a lifetime spent enforcing petty rules.
Alois tried to browbeat his son into obedience while Adolf did his best to be the opposite of whatever his father wanted. Alois Hitler died inleaving Klara a government pension. She sold the house in Leonding and moved with young Adolf and Paula to an apartment in Linzwhere they lived frugally. ByKlara had fallen very ill due to breast cancer. Adolf cried when told by her doctor Eduard Bloch that his mother "had little chance of surviving".
Bloch, Klara's condition did not improve and in October, he told Adolf her condition was hopeless. Klara died at home in Linz on 21 December Adolf and Paula were left with some financial support from their mother's pension and her modest estate of about 2, Kronen, after the medical and funeral costs were paid. Hitler had a close relationship with his mother during her lifetime.
He was crushed by her death and carried the grief for the rest of his life. Speaking of Hitler, Bloch later recalled that after Klara's death he had never seen "anyone so prostrate with grief".
Hitler wrote years later that his mother's death was a " 'dreadful blow' ". They eloped to London and married on 3 June William Dowling, Bridget's father, threatened to have Alois arrested for kidnappingbut Bridget dissuaded him. The couple settled in Liverpoolwhere their son William Patrick Hitler was born in The family lived in a flat at Upper Stanhope Street. The house was destroyed in the last German air-raid on Liverpool on 10 January Nothing remains of the house or those that surrounded it, and the area was eventually cleared and grassed over.
Bridget Dowling's memoirs claim Hitler lived with them in Liverpool from to while he was on the run to avoid being conscripted in his native Austria-Hungarybut most historians dismiss this story as a fiction invented to make the book more appealing to publishers. Paula had moved to Viennawhere she worked as a secretary.
She did not have contact with Hitler during the period comprising his difficult years as a painter in Vienna and later Munichmilitary service during the First World War and early political activities back in Munich. She was delighted to meet him again in Vienna during the early s, though she later claimed to have been privately distraught at his subsequent rising fame. First World War[ edit ] Main article: He married another woman, Hedwig Heidemann or Hedwig Mickley in After the war, a third party informed Bridget that he was dead.
It is likely Hitler was accepted into the Bavarian army either simply because nobody had asked him whether he was a German citizen when he first volunteered or because the recruiting authorities were happy to accept any volunteer and simply did not care what Hitler's nationality was, or because he might have told the Bavarian authorities that he intended to become a German citizen.
Hitler's post at regimental headquarters, providing frequent interactions with senior officers, may have helped him receive this decoration. During the Battle of the Somme in Octoberhe was wounded either in the groin area  or the left thigh by a shell that had exploded in the dispatch runners' dugout.
The treaty imposed economic sanctions and levied heavy reparations on the country. Many Germans perceived the treaty—especially Articlewhich declared Germany responsible for the war—as a humiliation.
InAlois Jr was prosecuted for bigamybut acquitted due to Bridget's intervention on his behalf. His older son, William Patrickstayed with Alois and his new family during his early trips to Weimar Republic Germany in the late s and early s. When Adolf was confined in LandsbergAngela made the trip from Vienna to visit him.
Angela's daughters, Geli and Elfriede, accompanied their mother when she became Hitler's housekeeper in ; Geli Raubal was 17 at the time and would spend the next six years in close contact with her half-uncle.Former maid to Adolf Hitler interview
She did not complete her medical studies. Rumours immediately began in the media about a possible sexual relationship, and even murder. She lived under the assumed family name Wolf at Hitler's request this was a childhood nickname of his which he had also used during the s for security purposes and worked sporadically. She later claimed to have seen her brother about once a year during the s and early s. He managed to keep the restaurant open through the duration of World War II.
Hitler broke off relations with Angela and did not attend her second wedding. Angela and Adolf became estranged after she disapproved of Adolf's relationship with Eva Braun, but eventually re-established contact during the war.
Angela was his intermediary to the rest of the family, because Adolf did not want contact. Inshe sold her memoirs of her years with Hitler to the Eher Verlagwhich brought her 20, Reichsmark. He was arrested by the Britishbut released when it became clear he had played no role in his brother's regime.
A couple of Adolf's relatives served in Nazi Germany during the war. Adolf's nephew Heinz was a member of the Nazi Party.
On 10 Januaryhe was captured by Soviet forces and sent to the Moscow military prison Butyrkawhere he died, aged 21, after interrogation and torture. She bore the pain well, but Adolf anguished over every moment of her suffering. Her condition steadily worsened and as the festive Christmas season approached in Decembershe was near death.
In the early hours of December 21st, amid the glowing lights of the family's Christmas tree, she died quietly. Bloch arrived later that day to sign the death certificate. He later said he had never seen anyone so overcome with grief as Adolf Hitler at the loss of his mother. Klara Hitler was buried on a misty, foggy December day in the cemetery at Leonding, next to her husband.
The cemetery also contained her son Edward, Adolf's younger brother, who had died from measles at age six. The next day, Christmas Eve, Hitler and his sisters paid a visit to Dr. Bloch and settled the medical bill.
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The doctor gave the family a break on the charges considering the many home visits he had made to his patient. Adolf Hitler expressed profound gratitude to the doctor. Now, with both parents gone, Hitler once again set his sights on Vienna and the art academy. He moved there in February But in that beautiful old city things would go quite poorly for Hitler. He would eventually wind up sleeping on park benches and eating at charity soup kitchens.