High Priest

There was one more experience that made a profound impact (at least subconsciously) on little Adolf. When he was ten, his Catholic father sent him to the local monastery at Lambach to develop his singing abilities (which he reportedly had).

25 years later he wrote in Mein Kampf:

I was placed in a very favorable position to be emotionally impressed again and again by the magnificent splendor of ecclesiastical ceremonial

And added:

What could be more natural for me than to look upon the Abbot as representing the highest human ideal worth striving for?

It can be inferred from this statement that for some time in his childhood, Adolf Hitler seriously considered becoming a monk and subsequently rising to the position of an Abbot of a major monastery.

A quarter of a century later he became a de-facto High Priest of national-socialism – a neo-pagan quasi-religion. Actually, Adolf Hitler was drawn to neo-paganism (pagan mysticism) that he found in music and theater (as well as in architecture and paintings).

His sister Paula stated in her 1946 interview:

I especially remember the cheerfulness of my brother and his extraordinary interest for history, geography, architecture, painting and music This extraordinary interest for music, especially for Wagner and Liszt, remained with him for all his life. Particularly strong was even at that time already his interest for the theatre and especially for the opera. I can remember that he was visiting the opera house thirteen times to hear “Die Gotterdammerung”

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