We are all aware of the name Hitler and for 90% of us, it induces a sense of hatred the moment we hear the name. For anyone who does not know much about him, Hitler was a politician born in Austria and ended up being the ultimate leader of the Nazis.Despite the hatred he has gained for himself, one thing nobody can deny is his charismatic personality. Millions of people blindly followed his vision and hence the holocaust. If you think you knew all this then let me tell you, there’s a lot you do not know about him.
Allow me to enlighten you with 15 facts about Hitler that’ll really surprise you.
#1.Adolf Hitler stayed in a shelter.
Before becoming a politician, Hitler was an artist but an unpopular one. He did not earn much and thus, he stayed in Vienna’s Homeless Shelters for quite a few time.
#2.His real name.
Adolf Hitler is not the first name he got. He was named Adolf Shicklgruber first but then his father changed Schicklgruber to Hitler for legitimacy issues.
#3.A Nazi Spy
Before becoming the ruler of the Nazi Party, Hitler was an intelligence agent who’s duty was to spy on German Worker’s Party which later became the Nazi Party.
#4.Hitler’s obsession with Martin Luther.
As surprising as it may sound, it is true. Hitler was inspired by Martin Luther. Martin Luther expressed disliking for Catholic Church and much like that, Hitler was raised Catholic but he ended up hating Christianity.
#5.No Nationality for 7 years
Hitler always wanted to be a part of the German nation. He was not impressed by the Empire of Habsburg, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hence, he renounced his citizenship of Austria. He had no identity for several years until 1932 when he got the citizenship again.
#6.He had a single tune to whistle.
As cruel and evil personality of Hitler may be, he used to have his fun. He used to whistle “When You Wish Upon A Star” and sometimes “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”.
#7.He hired women to give him children.
The campaign Lebensborn originated on the instructions of Heinrich Himmler. In this campaign, the supreme ‘Aryan Master Race’ was to be reproduced. The elte Germans of that time were given the responsibility of carrying out this campaign.
#8.He lost his eye sight.
During the first World War, Hitler lost his vision temporarily after a mustard gas grenade his his lamp.
Adolf Hitler got several sicknesses and injuries in his life time but, one thing that truly affected him was the Parkinson’s disease which is believed to be the reason for many wrong decisions during World War 2.
#10.He never visited any concentration camps.
Hitler had set up around 1200 concentration camps where millions of people took their last breath. However, it is believed that he never himself went to any of the concentration camp.
#11.TIME awarded him with Man of the year award.
Usually the title of man of the year is awarded to someone with great achievements or to someone who has done a lot for the humanity but, as surprising as it may be, TIME awarded Hitler with this award.
#12.He wanted to be a priest.
Although Hitler hated Christianity in his adult life, as a child, he wanted to be a priest. When he was 8 years old, Adolf was even a part of the church choir.
#13.The death of his 3 siblings.
Adolf had 6 siblings in total however, he lost 3 of them when he was very young. The names of his siblings were Otto, Ida and Gustav. He lost another sibling when he was 25.
#14.Hitler was against Animal cruelty.
Hitler was known to be a vegetarian and strongly supported the protection of wild animals legally throughout the Germany. He wanted to reduce the consumption of animal meat after the war.
#15.He wanted a museum.
Although Hitler wanted the death of every jew, he wanted to save memories thus he had ordered for the collection of any paintings and artifacts that were previously owned by Jews.
#16.Hitler’s addiction to Cocaine
In the latter years of his life, Hitler was known to be consuming cocaine twice a day. Even his eye drops had some drug that were intended to help him with his throat and Sinus.