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_Adolph Hitler by Alois Hitler_ -New York American, 
November 30, 1930_

       Alois left home when Adolph was eleven years old. 
Up to that time Adolph had been his mother's favorite. 
He was a very likable boy and the soul of generosity. 
He was always a dreamer and was as far removed free 
anything practical as the sun is from the moon. He always 
kept to himself a great deal and spent most of his time 
reading, drawing or painting. It is not true that his father 
opposed his becoming an artist. Both his father and mother 
wanted him to be an artist if that is what he really 
wanted and they helped him as much as their limited 
means allowed.

Adolph and Paula (his younger sister) were the children 
of his father's cousin. Adolph's father died when he was 
about thirteen years old. After the death of his mother 
Adolph could have continued his education at the expense 
of the State by virtue of being the orphan of a customs 
Official. But he never cared for school and while he was 
there he never mixed much with the other children. He 
preferred to sit apart with his books rather then to 
join in the boisterous games with other boys. When his 
mother died he took his younger sister Paula and want 
to Vienna. "He had been accustomed to a comparatively 
easy life; it had become a grim struggle against pitiless 
poverty." He swept streets, etc., in order to earn enough 
money to buy food for Paula and himself.

He left Vienna early in 1912 and obtained work in 
Munich as a house painter and decorator. During the 
war, he was gassed which resulted in his being blind 
for about three months.

"His faith in humanity was shattered by his friends' 
betrayal in the Munich Putsch."

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