Horrifying Facts About Adolf Hitler

Hitler Facts

Adolf Hitler is a name that is always connoted with death, genocide, and war. Many people would cringe upon hearing his name. However, he also sparked the interest of many regarding his personal life. So what do you know about Adolf Hitler?

Horrifying Facts about Adolf Hitler

1 Are you curious about his moustache? Hitler used to have a beard, but during World War I, he had trouble with his respirator mask because his beard would not create an air lock; thus he was almost killed in the gas attack. So he trimmed his beard and kept his moustache in its iconic look due to his love for anything Charlie Chaplin.

2 Would you believe that he was nominated in 1939 for the Nobel Peace Prize? A Swedish parliament member nominated Hitler, but it was not well received thus the nomination was withdrawn.

3 His doctors administered cocaine to him twice on a daily basis. He also used eye drops that contained cocaine.

4 He was featured as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1938.

5 Although millions of Jews died during his regime, he never set foot inside a concentration camp.

6 Hitler was Austrian by birth. He renounced his Austrian citizenship in favor of Germany in 1925.

7 He was christened as Adolf Shicklgruber and took the last name Hitler from his father, Alois. He legitimized his name to Adolf Hitler in 1876.

8 He was awarded with the Iron Cross Second Class for his excellent military service.

9 The teenage Adolf Hitler wanted to become an artist and he was rejected twice from Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts. He remained in Vienna and tried to make a living selling his painting, but nobody would buy them because of their poor quality. Eventually, he ran out of money and ended up in homeless shelters.

10 Hitler served in the German Army during the first world war as an intelligence agent. He was tasked to infiltrate the German Worker’s Party. Eventually, he switched allegiances to join the DAP as its 55th member.

11 Aside from these interesting yet gruesome facts, Hitler wanted to make the Museum OAn Extinct Race. While his soldiers were incessantly killing Jews, his regime collected Jewish artifacts to remind himself of the race that he once destroyed, which he never really got to achieve.

How did Hitler rise to power?

Decades after the fall of the Third Reich, it feels impossible to understand how Adolf Hitler, the tyrant who orchestrated one of the largest genocides in human history, could ever have risen to power in a democratic country.

So how did it happen, and could it happen again? Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard dive into the history and circumstances that allowed Hitler to become Führer of Germany.