Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Adolf Hitler's brutal father 'was a know-it-all who considered himself above others' and often beat his son, historian claims

Hitler was born to be like his father. Each was was ambitious, was obsessed with politics, enjoyed being a 'know-it-all' and thought of himself as above others. So he was simply his father's son. There is now plenty of evidence that political orientation is genetically inherited

Adolf Hitler's father was authoritarian, strongly political, thought of himself as above others and had a lasting impact on his son, a German historian has claimed.

Roman Sandgruber, professor emeritus at the University of Linz, says he made the discoveries after studying a never-before-seen trove of 31 letters written by Alois Hitler to the man who sold him a farm in 1895 - around Adolf Hitler's sixth birthday.

Sandgruber argues that while many historians think of Alois 'as a simple peasant who only sat in the tavern and raised bees', he was in fact a much more complicated and sinister character who enjoyed being a 'know-it-all'.

Alois raised bees because he had ambitions of becoming a 'gentleman farmer' to elevate himself above others, and spent time in the tavern because that was where he could conduct politics, Sandgruber says.

He adds that, while Alois was domineering to his family, he was wary of authority and opposed the power and influence of the church, particularly in politics.

Many of these traits were passed to his second son, Adolf, who - despite acts of teenage rebellion - was deeply affected by this upbringing, Sandgruber says.

Alois was born in 1837 with the surname Schicklgruber in Strones, lower Austria, as the illegitimate son of peasant woman Maria Schicklgruber.

His mother died when he was nine, leaving him to be raised by his step-father's brother Johann Hiedler - a farmer.

After a short career as a cobbler, Alois was recruited into the military as a customs official, where he worked for 40 years - eventually rising to the rank of inspector of customs, where his career stopped because he lacked qualifications to go further.

He had three wives - the first, Anna Glasl-Hörer, was the wealthy daughter of another customs official and 14 years older than him when they wed in 1873.

The pair split, and Alois remarried Franziska Matzelsberger who was 24 years his junior, and gave birth to his eldest son - Alois Jr, Adolf Hitler's older brother.

Franziska died of a lung condition just two years later, after which Alois married 24-year-old Klara Polzl, who was Adolf Hitler's mother and had been his household servant when she was aged 16.

Sandgruber claims that the content of the letters also made him reconsider the Klara, who had previously been caricatured as a submissive housewife.

In one of the letters, Alois Hitler said Klara had the 'necessary zeal and understanding for household economy'.

The family relocated a lot due to Alois's job, with Sandgruber saying that - during the first 18 years of Adolf's life - he lived at 18 different addresses.

Two of these homes were located in Urfahr, near the Austrian city of Linz, and Sandgruber says the family rented one of those properties off of 'probably the richest Jew in [the city].'

He theorises that this might be where young Adolf first experienced anti-Semitism, which other historians trace to his later life in Vienna.

Describing Alois's home life, Sandgruber told Der Speigel: 'He was a terribly authoritarian father and also beat his son Adolf.

'That was widespread at the time, but it is likely that Alois Hitler exceeded the usual limits.'

His punishments towards young Adolf appear to have become particularly intense after his eldest son ran away from home, and was later arrested for being a thief.

As a sign of Alois's influence over his son, Sandgruber notes that the handwriting of the two men are near-identical, suggesting the son copied his father.

Adolf's only significant revolt against his father was to refuse to become a civil servant, and instead to pursue a career as an artist, Sandgruber says.

After four decades in the customs service, Alois retired to Hafeld in upper Austria where, using Klara's money, he bought a 20-acre farm from a roadbuilder named Josef Radlegger - who he exchanged the letters with.

However, after just two years, Alois was forced to sell the property when he was denied a bank loan.

It was Josef's great-granddaughter who found the letters hidden in an attic five years ago, and then handed them over to Sandgruber.

Despite Alois's attempts to turn himself into a 'gentleman farmer', his venture was a failure with Sandgruber saying he greatly overestimated himself and his self-taught education. Just a few years later he dropped dead while visiting a tavern.

'The new finds give a completely different view of the childhood of Adolf Hitler and his father,' Sandgruber concluded


Bill Maher Has Quite the Message for Social Justice Warriors

HBO's Bill Maher has become the voice of reason amongst those on the left. He frequently says what most Americans are thinking: that the Democratic Party and progressives have taken things too far.

According to Maher, "new world liberals" – those who are all about being "woke" – need a "stand your ground law for cancel culture."

"Stop apologizing because I can't keep track of who's on the sh*t list," he said during his monologue on Friday. "... cancel culture is real, it's insane, and it's growing exponentially and it's coming to a neighborhood near you."

The moderate Democrat warned Americans of one overarching reality: everyone is online and everyone faces the threat of being canceled for something they said in the past.

"If you think it's just for celebrities, no. In an era where everyone is online, everyone is a public figure," Maher explained.

He used the example of a Hispanic electric worker in San Diego. The man was fired because someone reported him for holding up a "white supremacy" symbol outside of his truck. According to Maher, he was doing something as simple as "flicking a booger."

"Is this really who we want to become, a society of phony, clenched a**hole avatars, walking on eggshells, always looking over your shoulder without getting ratted out for something that has nothing to do with your character or morals?" Maher asked rhetorically. "Think of everything you've ever texted, emailed, searched for, tweeted, blogged, or said in passing."

The HBO host went on to cite a study saying 80 percent of Americans are afraid to share their political views because of cancel culture.

"Everybody hates it and no one stands up to it," he said. "Because it's always safer to swallow what you really think and join the mob."

The problem with our society is everyone is so afraid of offending one another that no one shares how they really think or feel. Everyone has to walk on eggshells because someone could potentially be offended. But the worst part about the entire thing: some of the people who are the most offended are often white people claiming to stand up for minorities. They're offended on other people's behalf. It's like they're being "woke" so they themselves aren't accused of being on the wrong side of an issue.

Cancel culture has cost us the ability to sit down and have honest conversations, about race, ethnicity, religion and even public policies. Instead, we focus on our differences. And it has created the division we all feel.


UK: Book of Common Prayer finds new online audience seeking comfort during Covid crisis

The Book of Common Prayer has found a new audience among young people thanks to online services, with clergy saying congregants are looking for "traditional comfort" in times of uncertainty.

Many churches use the Common Worship service book, published in 2000, as services using the traditional liturgy – modified in 1662 – have been seen as less accessible.

But that has changed during lockdown, with hundreds of churchgoers tuning in to traditional services online. One church in London saw a five-fold increase in the number of congregants opting for a Book of Common Prayer service.

Bradley Smith, the chairman of the Prayer Book Society, said: "The Book of Common Prayer is really making a comeback among young people longing for a taste of something traditional, eternal, and that brings comfort and hope amidst this complete mess that we've lived through.

"The BCP speaks with fresh clarity and authority in these uncertain times, and many people – some new or returning to faith – are finding real peace and comfort in its time-honoured rhythms."


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