Young Man Hitler – II

Lead: Product of a domineering father and indulgent Mother, head-strong young Austrian Adolf Heilder entered school with an unusual gift for speaking and a desire to become an artist.


                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.


                Content: Neither by his Mother’s permissiveness or Father’s uncontrolled anger was young Adolf given a structured environment in his home and he became a self-willed and stubborn child. He early on became fascinated with German history, particularly the glory days of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1871, and as a borderland resident adopted the Pan-German inclination to admire the German Kaiser.

Young Man Hitler – I

Lead: Six decades after he took his own life amid the rubble of the Third Empire, Adolf Hitler continues to hold the imagination of the world as it looks for clues in his childhood to the development of a monster.


                Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.


                Content: Since he burst on the scene in a failed coup attempt in a Munich Beer Garden in 1923, Adolf Hitler seemed to understand Germany and the needs of his adopted home. His substantial rhetorical ability allowed him to speak for many Germans who were disappointed at the national defeat in 1918, sensed that Germany was being denied her appropriate place in the ranks of great nations, and longed to be challenged to national distinction. He took German to its moment of greatest triumph and down to terrible defeat. Many of the impulses that animated this tragically brilliant man can be traced to his childhood in Austria in the years before the turn of the 20th century.

Hitler’s Family Secret

Lead:  For Adolf Hitler, the key to understanding history was not economic or morality, it was biology. A person's race determined how they fit into the Nazi scheme of things. That's why Hitler was petrified that someone would find out his family secret.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After the war a file was discovered in the Nazi Archives, a file maintained by no less important person than Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's second in command. The file contained the results of three major Gestapo investigations during the 1930s and 40s into Adolf Hitler's family and background. Considering the great emphasis the Nazi's placed on racial superiority and hereditary traits, the secrets the files reveal would have been very embarrassing to the Party and the Fuehrer himself.

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