Hitler's Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 482 pages

What turned Adolf Hitler, a relatively normal and apparently unexceptional young man, into the very personification of evil? To answer this question, acclaimed historian Brigitte Hamann has turned to the critical, formative, years that the young Hitler spent in Vienna. As a failing, bitter, and desperately poor artist, Hitler experienced only the dark underbelly of Vienna, which was seething with fear, racial prejudice, anti-Semitism and conservatism. Drawing on previously untapped sources—from personal reminiscences to the records of shelters where Hitler slept—Hamann vividly recreates the dark side of fin de siècle Vienna and paints the fullest and most disturbing portrait of the young Hitler to date.


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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

The book might have been more appropriately titled Hitler in Vienna, as its focuses more on the early life of Hitler than on Vienna. As a biography of Hitler's youth it succeeds splendidly, disposing ... Read full review

HITLER'S VIENNA: A Dictator's Apprenticeship

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A valuable social history of Vienna's netherworld and an attempt at explaining Hitler's anti-Semitism. Most biographies of Hitler will, of course, spend some time on his contested family history ... Read full review


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Brigitte Hamann is an award-winning German historian based in Vienna. She is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed biographies, as well as a recipient of the Concordia Preis in recognition of her work.

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