An important component of a professional profile of a political entrepreneur (especially such a genius one as Adolf Hitler) is his story. In other words, how he became one.
It is a well-established fact that geniuses are born, not made. And even if they are made, they are self-made. And Adolf Hitler, obviously, was no exception. Consequently, all his genius-level talents – oratorical, leadership, managerial, etc. – were already in him when he was born. They just needed to be discovered, nurtured and properly developed.
It is also a well-known fact from the very early childhood, every genius knows (feels, actually) that he is, indeed, a genius. The Chosen One (chosen to fulfil a great Mission and/or build something genuinely great that is). The fundamental question (and problem) is how to identify this all-important Mission.
Another fact (though a bit lesser known) helps. The truth is that God (Fate, Providence, Higher Self – the label does not really matter) supplies the genius in question with a sufficient number of “signs” that in no uncertain terms show him (it almost always was “him”) his Mission and his Path. One just had to notice these signs – and interpret them properly.
Unfortunately for Hitler (and for the whole world), Adolf Hitler failed to even notice (let alone properly interpret) these signs. Although there were plenty of them – from his very early childhood.
The first unmistakable sign was his place of birth – the small town (even now it has a population of just over 16,000) Braunau-am-Inn. It was an Austrian town but was (and still is) located on the border with Germany.
Braunau am Inn had a long and distinguished history of German nationalism – played an outstanding role in the (unsuccessful) Bavarian uprising of 1705-06 against the Austrian occupation during the War of the Spanish Succession, when it hosted the Braunau Parliament – a provisional Bavarian Parliament.
Although at the time of Hitler’s birth and childhood Braunau was an Austrian town, it was not always so. For a brief period of seven years (1809-1816), it was a Bavarian (i.e. German) town.
Braunau even had his own German nationalist martyr – one Johannes Philipp Palm, a German bookseller and devoted anti-French activist (in Hitler’s words, an ‘uncompromising nationalist’) executed during the Napoleonic Wars at Napoleon’s orders. His life became one of the key origins of Hitler’s powerful anti-French feelings.
In the spring of 1806, Palm was the owner and the CEO of the the Stein publishing house. Which sent to the bookselling establishment of Stage in Augsburg a pamphlet (presumably written by Philipp Christian Yelin in Ansbach) entitled Deutschland in seiner tiefen Erniedrigung (“Germany in her deep humiliation”), which strongly attacked Napoleon and the behavior of the French troops in Bavaria.
On learning of the violent rhetorical attack made upon his régime and failing to discover the actual author, Napoleon ordered Palm arrested in and handed over to a military court at Braunau with strict instructions to try the prisoner and execute him within twenty-four hours.
Palm was denied the right of defense, and after a mock trial on 25 August 1806, he was executed by the firing squad the following day without having betrayed the pamphlet’s author.
A life-size bronze statue was erected to his memory in Braunau in 1866, and on the centenary of his death (in 1906), numerous patriotic meetings were held throughout Bavaria.
From these signs, Adolf Hitler should have derived two messages. First, he was born to become a German nationalist politician. Second, one of his key political objectives was to be uniting Germany and Austria into Ein Reich. One German Reich.
Adolf Hitler acknowledged those messages only in 1925 – when he was already 36 years old. In the very beginning of Mein Kampf, he wrote:
“It has turned out fortunate for me today that destiny appointed Braunau-am-Inn to be my birthplace. For that little town is situated just on the frontier between those two States the reunion of which seems, at least to us of the younger generation, a task to which we should devote our lives and in the pursuit of which every possible means should be employed”.
There was another (albeit far less evident) message – that he will have to fight France to avenge what the latter did to his home country.
One more not-very-evident message was possibly contained in the event that happened thirteen years before his birth. In 1876, the man who was to become his father changed his last name from ‘Alois Schicklgruber’ to ‘Alois Hitler’. It was, indeed, a stroke of good fortune for Adolf as ‘Heil Schicklgruber’ would have sounded a highly inconvenient (and thus extremely unlikely) salutation to the Führer of Germany.