Adolf Hitler  -  Master Of Destruction, Murderer Of Millions  





So Adolf Hitler did not pursue his ambition to enter the School of Architecture - he realized that his failure years ago to graduate from high school might well block his entry. Within a year he was living in homeless shelters and eating at charity soup-kitchens.

He spent his time reading anti-Semitic tabloids and pamphlets available at the newsstands and at local coffee shops. He had declined to take regular employment and took occasional menial jobs and sold some of his paintings or advertising posters whenever he could to provide sustenance.

Hitler didn't get much out of it - but in 1999 two paintings and a line drawing by Hitler, completed between 1911 and 1914, were sold at auction for a total of $131,000. In 2005 four sketches and two Christmas cards signed by the Nazi dictator were sold in Montreal to a single buyer for an undisclosed sum. A media report citing witnesses who said the items were sold for $26,800 could not be confirmed.

A young Adolf Hitler
- and his own sketch

By Hitler’s own accounting, he painted between one and three watercolors a day during his Vienna years. If one assumes he painted only one painting a day, and only three days a week, then the minimum number he would have painted would be six hundred, which is close to Hitler's own recollection over a thousand.

According to William L. Shirer Hitler copied his scetches and paintings from older works: pictures of Vienna, usually of some well-known landmark as St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Opera House, The Burgtheater, the Palace of Schoenbrunn or the Roman ruins in Schoenbrunn Park.

Shirer tells that hundreds of these pitiful pieces were sold by Hitler to dealers who used them to fill empty picture frames on display. And Hitler often drew posters for shopkeepers advertising such products as Teddy's Perspiration Powder.




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