Adolf Hitler, the Child: Essay

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RUNNING HEAD: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler, the Child:
A Look at the Childhood Development of Adolf Hitler
Eileen Callahan
GEN 505. Adult Human Development

Adolf Hitler, the Child Adolf Hitler was dictator, murderer, and the Chancellor of the German Reich. Hitler used his position as Chancellor to act upon his own ideologies and biases. He led a nation into the murder of innocent Jewish people, seeing his actions as self-righteous. Hitler’s mental state can not easily be explained; nonetheless, we can examine his development into adulthood to attempt to comprehend his actions. This paper will attempt to understand Adolf Hitler’s violent actions by means of examining his life in relation to different childhood development
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Childhood
Hitler experienced several pivotal changes, between the ages of five to six years of age starting with the birth of his little brother Edmund. His carefree days were ended as he entered into primary school, and as his father retired from civil service. This meant his father was home during the day leaving little freedom for young Hitler (Noakes 2001). His mother was now preoccupied with Edmund, and in 1896 gave birth to a daughter, named Paula. Around this time Hitler’s stepbrother left home, and young Hitler took the brunt of his father’s discontent. Alois, after retirement, moved the family to a town called Lambach, located halfway between Linz and Salzburg. This move took young Hitler from a farm setting into a town, allowing for more play time. The town housed an Old Catholic Benedictine Monastery, and young Hitler attended school there. Hitler did well in the monastery school even singing in the boy’s choir. He idolized the priest which left a lasting impression, leaving him considering priesthood, and in his free time would practice holding long sermons dressed as a priest. This experience gave young Hitler the opportunity to see how people can be swayed with words.
Young Adolescence
Hitler, at the age of 9, discovered Karl May’s books that centered on a white hero, named Old Shatterhand. Hitler read and reread how Old Shatterhand won battles with the Native Americans by sheer power and bravery.

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