The Young Hitler I Knew: The Memoirs of Hitler's Childhood Friend

The Young Hitler I Knew: The Memoirs of Hitler's Childhood Friend

by August Kubizek, Ian Kershaw

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ISBN-13: 9781473820982
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 712,161
File size: 6 MB

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Young Hitler I Knew 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mhaley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the outset Ian Kershaw, who wrote the preface says that this work must be taken with a grain of salt. Also he endorses the book as a good rough sketch of Hitler's formative years, he feels that the book was embellished a bit by the obvious help of a ghost writer. Regardless of the details perhaps being embellished to make the work a bit more interesting, it gave me a tremendous insight in the mental positioning of Hitler during the years of 16-20 years of age. Hitler obviously was a control freak at an early age, and only sought to have personal relationships with people who would allow him to control them. Hitler, much like other megalomanics, such as Stalin, Mao, and others, despised work of any kind, but showed a great energy for what he was interested in. Hitler spent most of his formative year dreaming of rebuilding his hometown of Linz, which he eventually did accomplish. Another insight was that he was actually a very loyal friend, and at times quite thoughtful to Kubizek, and never took advantage of him. For anyone who wants to understand Hitler at the primordial level this work is a must have for a Third Reich Special Collection.