Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hitler's Father: Alois Hitler

Born Alois Schicklgruber; June 7th 1837 – January 3, 1903 (sharing his birthday with Prince & myself i'll have you know!). Alois was illegitimate. For a time he bore his mother’s name, Schicklgruber, but by 1876 he had established his family claim to the surname Hitler. Alois was fifty-one when Adolf was born, & was extremely keen for his son to do well in life. Alois did have another son by Franziska Matzelberger but he had been a big disappointment to him and eventually ended up in prison for theft. Alois was a strict father and savagely beat his son if he did not do as he was told. His father was incensed when Hitler told him that instead of joining the civil service he was going to become an artist. The relationship between Hitler and his father deteriorated and the conflict only ended with the death of Alois Hitler in 1903.

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