Image: Adolf Hitler via Wikipedia
“The Courtyard of the Old Residency In Munich”
Quaint country churches, stately cathedrals, tranquil countryside, and gentle seaside scenes, all painted in soft, soothing watercolors. These paintings could be the work of an elderly aunt, or even a young amateur artist hoping to make a few bucks selling them to tourists. In fact, the second part is pretty much the truth. Except that the young artist is not just anybody – it’s Adolf Hitler.
It’s hard to believe that the painter of these peaceful scenes would go on to plunge the world into darkness and horror and mastermind the deaths of six million innocent Jewish men, women, and children – as well as anyone else deemed inferior, useless, or a threat to Hitler’s dreams of genetic Aryan purity. But don’t take our word for it; have a look for yourself at the pre-WWII paintings of Adolf Hitler.
Vienna Period (1907–1912)
Hitler’s obsession with art started at a young age and heightened the tension between him and his father Alois, who wanted young Adolf to pursue what must have seemed like a more practical career at the customs office. A few years after Alois’s sudden death in 1903, Adolf Hitler moved to Vienna to begin his life as an impoverished artist. Forced to sleep rough, and sometimes in a homeless shelter, Hitler earned a living selling copied postcard scenes to tourists.