The Psychology of Hitler
It is no surprise to very few that Adolph Hitler is one of the most infamous humans ever to have been born. To this day, the mention of his name can conjure up emotions deep within us. He is responsible for the deaths of millions of people either directly or indirectly. The fascinating aspect of his life is what was the true motivation behind his prejudice, cruelty, and heartlessness. The next logical speculation for most would be his upbringing or that he was physiologically unstable, more logically it was a combination of the two. However, before that conclusion can be made the history of his environment as well as how heredity could have influenced him.
Hitler's father, Alois Schicklgruber, was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber and an unknown mate. Maria worked in the home of a wealthy Jewish family, the speculation is that one of the sons in this family got her pregnant. This obviously would lead to Hitler having a paternal Jewish Grandfather. Alois eventually became a civil servant and a well-respected customs official. Once he attained that position, he changed his name from Schicklgruber, his mother's name, and takes his Uncle's surname of Hiedler. However, in the record books it was misspelled; Hitler is what it became.
Eventually, Alois Hitler married Klara Polzl and fathered Adolf Hitler who was born on April 20, 1889 and baptized Roman Catholic. Hitler's father was very strict, physically and verbally abusive. Hitler also attended a monastery for a time and considered a life of priesthood. The relationship between Hitler and his father was full of turmoil, especially in regards to what his career path would be. He wanted to be an artist; his father wanted him to be a civil servant. However, his father died suddenly of a lung hemorrhage in January 1903 therefore Hitler became the head of his family at the age of 13.
In January of 1907, Klara Hitler (Hitler's mother) went to see a doctor about chest pain. The doctor, Bloch who was Jewish, diagnosed her with breast cancer. She had surgery however the cancer was very advanced. Hitler followed the recommendation of Bloch to do a painful and expensive treatment with consisted of applying idoform directly into the ulcerations caused by the cancer. However, the treatments did not work and in late December of that same year, she passed away. Ironically, Bloch had seriously reduced the charges owed for Hitler's mother's medical bills; Hitler had told Bloch that he "shall be grateful to you forever."
While it is my opinion that the parenting practices of Hitler's youth did influence him somewhat, I am not convinced that they played a big enough role to create the man that Hitler became.
Hitler was raised sternly however was doted on by his mother, this seems to be normal for the time period. While his father Alois was legitimate, it was also rather irrelevant. Hitler was not chastised by anyone because of his...