Kubizek later wrote that this was a striking parallel between his own life and that of Adolf Hitler, whose mother had lost four children prematurely. As the surviving sons of grief-stricken mothers, August and Adolf could not help but feel they had been spared or "chosen" by fate. Because of their shared passion for the operas of Richard Wagner , they quickly became close friends and later roommates in Vienna while both sought admission into college. However, to achieve his goal of being an orchestral conductor, he would require higher education in music which was offered only in Vienna. As Kubizek wrote, this was something that changed the course of his life for good. He was immediately accepted into the Vienna Conservatory where he quickly made a name for himself.
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Shelves: biography-memoirs , history , ww2 , non-fiction There are many books about Hitler. They usually tell us about his years as a dictator and his political career.
What I always wanted to read was a book about what happened before. All I knew is that he loved his mother and wanted to be an artist. I already read a book about young Stalin and Hitler was another historical figure whose young years I was interested in.
So when I saw this book on Amazon Kindle daily deals I knew that I have to get it because it is exactly what I wanted.
It is written There are many books about Hitler. It is written by August Kubizek. This makes this book interesting because it comes from such an extraordinary point of view. Of course one should take it with a grain of salt. This book was written 40 years after their friendship and one can wonder how much would August really remember.
If I would write a book about my best friend who was also my roommate 10 years ago I would not be able to go into such detail. And as I studied in psychology sometimes things we remember are not true, we just believe they are.
But nonetheless the few stories are likely to be true. In the introduction Ian Kershaw tells us where we should be skeptical. The book was written after WW2 so Kubizek had no reason to make Hitler look like a good person. The portrayal seems to be very balanced. We also see what he liked about his friend.
It reads like a normal memory of a friendship but we never forget that it is about Hitler. Kubizek often brings quotes from Mein Kampf that are about that tim he remembers and also says when what he remembers is different from it. A really interesting history book. I always knew that Hitler wanted to be an artist, but this book actually showed to what extent his interest in art went.
It seemed to be his main priority. It seems to have been the main part of their lives. And Hitler was a pacifist! When I read it I kept on thinking how great it would have been if he would have found a way to become an architect and rebuild Linz the way he wanted without killing millions of people.
The Young Hitler I Knew
Shelves: biography-memoirs , history , ww2 , non-fiction There are many books about Hitler. They usually tell us about his years as a dictator and his political career. What I always wanted to read was a book about what happened before. All I knew is that he loved his mother and wanted to be an artist. I already read a book about young Stalin and Hitler was another historical figure whose young years I was interested in.