The Young Hitler

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TheYoungHitlerfrontcover111webBy August Kubizek and Eduard Bloch. The “lost years” of Adolf Hitler’s childhood are vividly brought to life by two people who knew him well: his best childhood friend, August Kubizek, and the Jewish doctor who treated both the young Adolf and his mother in the Austrian city of Linz.

These two sets of memoirs, published together for the first time, provide an unparalleled insight into the formative teenage years of the man who would later shake history. Read of Hitler’s secret childhood romance, his grand plans to rebuild his hometown, the formation of his political ideas, his personality and family, his love for the opera, his attitude toward women, and much more. The section by his doctor, first published in 1941, is a surprisingly sympathetic account of the young Hitler, and the effect of his mother’s death upon his family.

Highly recommended reading for anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of the forces which shaped Hitler, Nazi Germany, and ultimately history itself. Fully illustrated with rare postcards and letters.

Cover images:  Hitler as a sixteen-year-old, drawn by a classmate; and a letter from Hitler to August Kubizek, 1908.

Contents

Part I: The Young Hitler I Knew

Introduction: Who Was August Kubizek?

Author’s foreword

Chapter 1: First Meeting

Chapter 2: Growth of a Friendship

Chapter 3 — Portrait of the Young Hitler

Chapter 4 — Portrait of His Mother

Chapter 5 — Portrait of His Father

Chapter 6 — School

Chapter 7 — Stefanie

Chapter 8 — The Young Nationalist

Chapter 9 — Adolf Rebuilds Linz

Chapter 10 — In That Hour It Began

Chapter 11 — Adolf Leaves for Vienna

Chapter 12 — His Mother’s Death

Chapter 13 — “Come with me, Gustl!”

Chapter 14 — 29 Stumpergasse

Chapter 15 — Adolf Rebuilds Vienna

Chapter 16 — Solitary Study and Reading

Chapter 17 — Nights at the Opera

Chapter 18 — Adolf Writes an Opera

Chapter 19 — The “Mobile Reichs Orchestra”

Chapter 20 — Unmilitary Interlude

Chapter 21 — Adolf’s Attitude to Women

Chapter 22 — Political Awakening

Chapter 23 — The Lost Friendship

Epilogue

Part II: My Patient Hitler: A Memoir of Hitler’s Jewish Physician

Introduction

Part I

Part II

List of illustrations

1.A 1906 watercolor by Hitler given to Kuzibek.

2. Kubizek at the time of the writing of his book.

3. Kubizek at the time of his friendship with Hitler.

4. A sketch by Hitler of the house he wanted to build for Kubizek.

5. A sketch by Hitler of the interior of house he wanted to build for Kubizek.

6. Stefanie, the young Hitler’s true love. She was unaware of his devotion.

7. Postcards from Hitler to Kubizek from Vienna. The bottom card contains the codeword for Stefanie: “Benkieser.” Hitler writes: “Must also see Benkieser again.”

8. A postcard from Hitler to Kubizek from Vienna.

9. A postcard from Hitler to Kubizek from Weitra im Waldviertel, wishing him the best on his “naming day” (a German tradition separate from a birthday).

10. Postcard from Hitler to Kubizek 1906.

11. Postcard from Hitler to Kubizek when he was living in Vienna.

12. The first card that Kubizek received from Hitler in Vienna. The text describes the music conservatory and adds that Hitler wants to show his friend the wonderful buildings on the city’s Ringstrasse.

13. Postcard to Kubizek from Hitler, 18 February 1908, in which he asks his friend to come to Vienna.

14. Letter from Hitler to Kubizek, written while he was traveling to Linz during the Easter weekend.

15. Letter from Hitler to Kubizek telling him that he would come back to visit his parents in Linz during the summer.

16. The last letter written by the young Hitler to Kubizek in 1908. After this, Hitler disappeared, plunged into poverty and too ashamed to be seen by his friend again.

17. Letter to Kubziek from Hitler after he became Chancellor in 1933, saying that the time they spent together were the “best of our lives.”1

18. Dr. Eduard Bloch, who was Jewish, treated Hitler as a young man, along with his mother and other members of the Hitler family. This picture of Dr. Bloch in his office in Linz was taken in 1938 on order of Martin Bormann for Hitler’s “personal film file.” The inscription reads: “The Führer often sat on the chair beside the desk.”

19. Klara Hitler, Adolf’s mother, treated by Dr. Bloch.

 

Paperback

Pages: 251

Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback

Interior Ink: Black & white

Weight: 0.44 kg

Dimensions (centimetres): 15.24 wide x 22.86 tall

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Hardcover

Pages: 251

Binding: Hardcover (dust-jacket)

Interior Ink: Black & white

Weight: 0.42 kg

Dimensions (centimetres): 15.24 wide x 22.86 tall

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