his lifetime, Hitler was very secretive about his background. Only the
dimmest outline of his parents emerges from the biographical chapters of
Mein Kampf. He falsified his father's occupation, changing him from a
customs official to a postal official. He repulsed relatives who tried
to approach him.
Hitler died from cancer when Adolf was nineteen. She was held in love
and affection by Hitler, her Jewish doctor, Eduard Bloch, later
recalled: 'I have never witnessed a closer attachment.' Hitler
carried her picture with him down to the last days in the bunker. Her
portrait stood in his rooms in Munich, Berlin, and at his alpine
residence near Berchtesgaden, Obersalzberg.
His mother may well have been the only person Adolf Hitler genuinely
loved in his entire life.
"The following took the test with insufficient results, or were not admitted ... Adolf Hitler, Braunau a. Inn, April 20, 1989, German, Catholic. Father civil servant. 4 classes in High School. Few Heads. Test drawing unsatisfactory."
According to William L. Shirer Hitler tried again the following year and this time his drawings were so poor that he was not admitted to the test. In Mein Kampf Hitler told how he requested an explanation from the rector of the Academy:
"That gentleman assured me that the drawings I had submitted incontrovertibly showed my unfitness for painting, and that my ability obviously lay in the field of architecture; for me, he said, the Academy's School of Painting was out of the question, the place for me was at the School of Architecture."
Adolf Hitler did not pursue his ambition to enter the School of
Architecture - he realized that his failure years ago to graduate from
high school might well block his entry. Within a year he was living in
homeless shelters and eating at charity soup-kitchens. He spent his time
reading anti-Semitic tabloids and pamphlets available at the newsstands
and at local coffee shops. He had declined to take regular employment
and took occasional menial jobs and sold some of his paintings or
advertising posters whenever he could to provide sustenance.