20 Astonishing Things You Didn’t Know About Hitler

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Image: Deutsches Bundesarchiv
Image: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

18. He hated smoking

Despite enjoying cigarettes in his younger years, by 1919 Hitler had quit smoking for good. And his belief that the practice was bad for your health influenced Nazi policy and research, leading to the first discovery of a link between smoking and cancer. A sophisticated anti-smoking campaign was also launched to protect Aryan Germans’ health.

Image: Heinrich Hoffmann
Image: Heinrich Hoffmann

17. He was a vegetarian

Unsurprisingly, Hitler’s paranoia meant he had a whole team of food testers making sure his meals weren’t poisoned. And in 2013 one revealed just what the Fuhrer’s diet consisted of: vegetables, and nothing more. In fact, Hitler once told Joseph Goebbels that he planned to impose vegetarianism on the entirety of Germany after the war.

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Image: via Wikimedia Commons
Image: via Wikimedia Commons

16. Confusion surrounds whether or not Hitler could drive

Adolf Hitler may have been one of the driving forces behind both the creation of Germany’s autobahns and the development of Volkswagen, but some claim he never actually got behind the wheel himself. But if that was the case, how on earth did he manage to get a speeding ticket in 1931?

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