MY YOUNG FRIEND ADOLF HITLER by August Kubizek

MY YOUNG FRIEND ADOLF HITLER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This personal story of an adolescent friendship follows the path of Hitler from the time he and the author met at the opera in Linz to their separation several years later in Vienna. The intense personal relationship between the two youths serves to reveal a great deal of Hitler's personality, and the author also gives Hitler's history in terms of father, mother, family life. An upholsterer devoted to music, Kubizek served as confidante to the tumultuous Hitler, who considered various artistic careers at the time. The portrait of Hitler is painted in detail -- his compelling infatuation with a girl he would not meet, his Nationalist and Anti-Semitic views already evident as a sixteen-year-old in Linz, the call of destiny which he felt after seeing Rienzi and which affected his whole life, the move to Vienna and rejection by the Academy, the numerous projects from painting scenes to composing an opera to rebuilding a city on paper, above all his rigid, demanding personality requiring exclusive attention from his friend, a malleable soul who despite Hitler did very well in his Conservatory studies. For personal history and psychology this is an important source.

Pub Date: March 10th, 1955
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin