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His mother:

... That she was a Bohemian is an accepted fact. From 
her he has inherited his love of talk. Her Slavic mysticism 
had much to do with the attachment to mystic dogmas and 
with his horror of facing facts. In a German-Austrian environment
young Hitler had probably much to suffer rom [sic] a certain 
condescension among the native boys. Bohemians were considered
 second-class citizens in prewar Austria-Hungary and a thoroughbred 
German-Austrian in a small village could not help feeling toward 
them a certain sense of superiority....
p. 3-4 E. Lengyel- Hitler

... The peasants of Lembach took their produce to Linz every 
Wednesday morning and the spent the evening in Uncle 
Spressel's Beergarden "Unter den Linden".

At the beginning of the twentieth century, when Adolf just 
turned twelve, Linz was a gay Austrian town, and the Hitler 
boy found it to his taste. The ambition of his life was to become 
an usher in the local theatre or to be a waiter at Uncle Spressel's. 
He realized, however, that his first choice could not be gratified, 
since the theatre had only one usher, - an old man with a distaste 
for young boys....

p. 5 E. Lengyel - Hitler

In school Adolf was not the teacher's pet. He had a way of 
thinking "no" even when he had to say "yes". He revolted 
instinctively against the teachers' absolute authority. They 
called him an agitator and treated him with distrust. One of 
the things he did not see was why he shoudl [sic] sing the 
Austrian national anthem at school celebrations. He preferred 
to hum "Deutschland, Deutschland, ueber Alles," which was 
the hymn of the Reich.

Adolf Hitler began to take a youthful pride in his deslike [sic] 
of the Austrian ruling house. This was the result of a 
precocious bravado and of a desire to be different. His 
upbringing in a frontier town helped to make him a 
rebel. In the low-ceilinged house at Braunau, on the 
Austro-Bavarian front, where he was born in 1889, he 
had seen in his earliest childhood as much of Germany 
as of Austria. It was great fun to see the soldiers on the 
other side of the boundary march under a different flag 
to the tune of other songs, to hear them obey commands 
that were different from those of the Austrians. The sky-blue 
uniform of the Bavarian infantry with the red cuff was more
 attractive then the dark blue uniform of the Austrians. The
blue and white flag of the Bavarians please him more than 
the black and yellow flag of the Austrians.
p 6.- E. Lengyel- Hitler



His cousin, Ludwig Schultze, a much bigger boy than he, 
who lived on the Bavarian side, used to tease him about 
the Habsburgs who had built up their empire by marriage.
 Where was Austria's Frederick the Great, and that long 
line of illustrious rulers about whom Ludwig, fresh from 
school liked to talk.

p 7.- E.Lengyel- Hitler.

(after father's death)
...To make ends meet he had to accept odd jobs which he 
found distasteful and non- lucrative. A few more years at 
Lambach with a mother who never quite recovered from 
the blow caused by the loss of her husband brought 
[unreadable] into the boys' life...

...When he climbed out of the third-class carriage at the 
Western Station of Vienna only fifty gulden was between 
him and hunger... He was now past sixteen and he had lost 
his mother a few days before.
p 9,10- E.Lengyel- Hitler

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