"Adolf challenged my father to extreme harshness and got his sound thrashing every day. He was a scrubby little rogue, and all attempts of his father to thrash him for his rudeness and to cause him to love the profession of an official of the state were in vain. How often on the other hand did my mother caress him and try to obtain with her kindness where the father could not succeed with harshness ..."
Adolf attended church regularly, sang in the local choir and spent hours
playing 'cowboys and Indians' and reveled in the westerns penned by Karl
May. He grew up with a poor record at school and left, before completing
his tuition, with an ambition to become an artist or architect. Alois
Hitler had died when Adolf was thirteen and Klara brought up Adolf and
Paula on her own.
brother was very good in some subjects, and very weak in others. He was
the weakest in mathematics and, as far as I can remember, in physics,
also. His failures in mathematics worried my mother. He loved music. He
preferred Wagner even then. Wagner was always his favorite.
neighbor of the Hitler family later recalled: 'When the postmaster asked
him one day what he wanted to do for a living and whether he wouldn't
like to join the post-office, he replied that it was his intention to
become a great artist ...'