==Early life: apathy and disappointment with civilian life==
[[File:565px-Adolf_Hitler_as_a_child.jpg|thumbnail|200px|left|Adolf Hitler as a child]]
Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on 20 April 1889. As a young man, he aspired to become a renowned painter, but he received little public recognition and had to live in poverty in Vienna. He wished to study art but failed to secure entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, since he had not obtained even a secondary school diploma. Unsurprisingly, during the next few years Hitler lived a lonely, insecure and isolated life in poverty, earning a precarious livelihood by painting postcards and advertisements and often drifting from one municipal hostel to another. By that time, young Adolf had already shown traits that characterized his later life: features as loneliness and secretiveness, hatred of cosmopolitism, and last but not least - intense dislike for the multinational and multicultural character of Vienna.
Hitler was also drafted for Austrian military service but was not accepted due to lack of fitness. In 1913, Hitler moved to Munich. At the outbreak of World War I, he volunteered to serve in the Bavarian army. He was accepted in August 1914 and received special permission to enlist as a German soldier and a member of the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regimen, though being still an Austrian citizen. Despite the fact that Hitler spent much of his time away from the front lines, he was still present at a number of significant battles - Hitler managed to take part and was wounded in some of the fiercest struggles of the war.<ref>Hitler, Adolf: rise to power & Early life - http://www.britannica.com/biography/Adolf-Hitler</ref> He was decorated for bravery, receiving the Iron Cross First Class and the Black Wound Badge.