25 Little-Know Facts About Adolf Hitler
|Adolf Hitler. Photo: Greelane.|
Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in Braunau am Inn, a small Austrian town near the Austro-German frontier. After his father, Alois, retired as a state customs official, young Adolf spent most of his childhood in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.
Not wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps as a civil servant, he began struggling in secondary school and eventually dropped out. Alois died in 1903, and Adolf pursued his dream of being an artist, though he was rejected from Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts.
After his mother, Klara, died in 1908, Hitler moved to Vienna, where he pieced together a living painting scenery and monuments and selling the images. Lonely, isolated and a voracious reader, Hitler became interested in politics during his years in Vienna, and developed many of the ideas that would shape Nazi ideology.
Here are 25 little-known facts about the notoriously cruel figure in world history.
1. Hitler planned to celebrate his victory over Russia in the Hotel Astoria in Saint Petersburg, according to Only Fun Facts.
2. When in 1940 Adolf Hitler banned the public display of colored people in Germany, he was the first state leader to take action against the so-called “human zoos”.
3. Adolf Hitler received his dog Blondi in 1941 as a puppy from his friend Martin Bormann.
4. Hitler suffered from digestive problems which led to severe flatulence. As a result, his diet became meatless in the last years of his life.
5. Since 1943, Hitler has used opioids and cocaine to pep up before his speeches, as he gradually lost his natural charisma during the war.
6. From 1908 to 1913 Adolf Hitler produced hundreds of paintings and postcards, which he sold to finance his life in Vienna.
7. Hitler planned to build the “Hall of the People” in Berlin or “Germania”. It would have been 1,050 feet (320 meters) high at its peak and would have had a floor space of about 408,600 square feet (38,000 square meters). It is assumed that the air breathed by the mass of people in the huge domed building would even have led to cloud formation and precipitation.
8. Adolf Hitler was not a vegetarian. Stuffed squab was one of his favorite dishes.
9. When Hitler visited Paris during World War Two, activists cut the elevator cables of the Eifel Tower so that he had to climb the stairs all the way to the top.
10. During World War I, Hitler was temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack.
11. Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939.
12. Adolf Hitler’s nephew William Patrick Hitler emigrated to the USA in 1939 and even fought alongside the Americans against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. He was even awarded the Purple Heart for his accomplishments during the war. After the war, however, he changed his name to William Patrick Stuart-Houston.
13. Before the First World War Hitler had a bushy moustache. However, it did not fit under his gas mask, so he was ordered to trim it severely.
14. In 1913, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Leo Trotsky, and Sigmund Freud all lived close to each other in the immediate vicinity of Vienna, and regularly went to the same cafe without ever having meet each other.
15. During World War II, Adolf Hitler gave the order to spare the British city of Blackpool from bomb attacks, as he intended to go on holiday there after Germany had won the war.
16. In 1938, Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”.
Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”. Photo: Time Magazine.
17. Photos document that Hitler practiced the poses in his speeches in front of the mirror.
18. Orthocarbonic acid is also known as “Hitler’s Acid”, as its graphic representation resembles a swastika.
19. It is said that Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, and Caesar to have hated cats.
20. There were probably 42 assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler.
21. Hitler never visited an extermination camp himself.
22. According to medical reports, Hitler actually only had one testicle.
23. Hitler loved the 1937 Disney film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. He even made drawings of the cartoon characters himself.
24. There was once a Jewish doctor who was personally placed under the protection of the Gestapo by Adolf Hitler. Eduard Bloch had treated Hitler’s mother cheaply and, in some cases, even free of charge in financially difficult times, whereupon Hitler assured him of his eternal gratitude. He called Bloch a “noble Jew.”
25. Adolf Hitler was twice rejected by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna when he took the entrance examination in 1907 and 1908.
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