April 20th, 1889. Adolf Hitler is born in Braunau-am-Inn on the Austrian side of the border between Germany and Austria and baptized Roman Catholic. His birthplace played an important role in his subsequent commitment to unite Austria and Germany into a Greater Germany (achieved in March of 1938 – half a century later).
1892. Hitler’s family moves to Passau – a town in Lower Bavaria in Germany. There he acquired the distinctive Lower Bavarian dialect, rather than Austrian German, which marked his speech throughout his life – and made him a German, not an Austrian.
1894. Hitler’s family returns to Austria – first to Leonding, then to Hafeld, then to nearby Lambach and then back to Leonding. In Leonding, Hitler attends the Catholic Church of Saint Michael the Archangel and in Lambach he is introduced to aesthetical and spiritual splendor of Lambach Abbey (founded in 1040).
This experience inspired him to seriously consider becoming a Catholic friar – with the ultimate objective to become an abbot of a major monastery. It was in Lambach Abbey where Adolf Hitler first saw the Hakenkreuz (“hooked cross”) or swastika which was used in decorative carving on the stone and woodwork of the monastery building.
Hitler was so fascinated (awestruck even) with this symbol that twenty years later he will make the swastika an official symbol for the Nazi Party – and subsequently of the Nazi State (the Third Reich).
Which proves beyond the reasonable doubt that for Adolf Hitler (and thus the Nazis) the swastika was decidedly a Christian symbol, not a pagan (let alone occult) one. It also means that during the Second World War the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS) fought under the Christian insignia – the cross and the swastika. Almost all their adversaries, incidentally, did not (the only ones who used a Christian symbol – the Cross of Lorraine – were the Free French).
March 1st, 1898. The Russian Marxist Party (officially The Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (РСДРП in Russian) is founded in Minsk – then Russian Empire, currently the capital of independent Belarus. In 1912, it will become the Bolshevist Party – officially РСДРП(б) and in 1918 the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) – ВКП(б).
After coming to power in Russia in October of 1918, it will rapidly make the Russian Empire (actually, its reincarnation as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) a genuinely existential threat to Germany, Europe, the Christian Church, the Western (i.e., Christian) Civilization and to the whole human civilization.
September 1900. Against his wishes, Adolf Hitler is sent to the Realschule (a “working class” secondary school which prepares its students for technical professions and government service) in Linz. Young Adolf’s protests (he wanted to attend a classical high school and ultimately become an artist,) are ignored by his authoritarian father.
In Realschule, Adolf Hitler is exposed to a systematic German nationalism and becomes an ardent patriot of Greater Germany. He expresses loyalty only to Imperial Germany (“the Second Reich”), despising the declining Habsburg Monarchy. Hitler and his friends greet each other with “Heil”, and sing the “Deutschlandlied” (the famous “Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles” – then the most popular patriotic song in Germany) instead of the Austrian Imperial anthem.
In Realschule, Adolf Hitler meets his first influencer and role model – his history teacher Dr. Leopold Pötsch – an ardent German nationalist and anti-Semite. His influence makes Adolf Hitler obsessed with tales of heroic Germans from bygone eras and with German and world history.
1903. The infamous “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” are published. This fabricated (by the Russian Imperial Political Police, of all organizations) Judeophobic text purporting to describe a “Jewish plan for world domination” will become the major basis for Hitler’s (totally incorrect) belief in the “existential war with the Jewish race”. Which will ultimately become the fundamental drive for the Holocaust.
January 3rd, 1903. Adolf Hitler’s father Alois dies at the age of 65. His death liberates Adolf Hitler from the domineering authority of his father. And makes young Adolf was the male head of the Hitler household, a position of some importance in those days.
Financially, his father had left the Hitler family fairly well provided for. Hitler’s mother received half of her husband’s monthly pension, plus death benefits. Young Adolf received a small amount each month, plus a small inheritance. The family also owned a house in Leonding which had been paid for.
September 1904. The shock of his father’s death is so severe that Adolf’s performance and behavior in Realschule rapidly deteriorate. His mother decides that he needs to radically change his environment. So Adolf Hitler transfers to a different school (but still a Realschule) – in Steyr.
It turns out to be a good idea – both his grades and behavior significantly improve. In 1905, after passing a repeat of the final exam (his first attempt at passing fails), Hitler leaves the Realschule and spends the next two years walking seemingly aimlessly through life without any ambitions for further education or clear plans for a career.