Adolf Hitler: A Short Sketch of His Life (Authorized short biography 1938)

The book was written by Philipp Bouhler (Head of the Fuehrer’s Personal Chancellery) in English, and was officially authorized and published by the Terramare Office (Berlin) in 1938.  It covers Adolf Hitler’s humble family beginnings, his military service, the November 1918 revolution, the genesis of the NSDAP party, the reasons for its formation and its goals, stated enemies, followed by the Munich ‘Beerhall Putsch, Hitler’s trial, release from prison, and the history of his and the party’s long struggle to electoral victory, Hitler’s stated desire for peace, and their pre-war accomplishments, and his popularity. It begins as follows:

Adolf Hitler - PortraitADOLF HITLER was born on April 20, 1889, at Braunau in Upper Austria, close to the Bavarian frontier. Because it is situated on the frontier that divided two branches of
the German people, Hitler has spoken of Braunau as representing for him “The Symbol of a Great Task”, namely that of uniting all Germans in one State. His father, who was the son of poor peasants from the forest district, had worked himself upwards through his own study and perseverance until he became a civil servant. At the time that Adolf was born his father was Customs Officer at Braunau. Being proud of his own achievement and the status he had reached, his dearest desire was that his son should also enter the civil service; but the son was entirely opposed to this idea. He would be an artist.

When he was thirteen years old Hitler lost his father and four years later his mother died. So that he found himself alone in the world at the age of seventeen. He had attended the primary school and subsequently the grammar school at Linz; but poverty forced him to give up his studies and earn his bread. He went to Vienna, with the intention of studying to be an architect but he had to work for his livelihood as manual labourer at the building trade, where he mixed the mortar and served the carpenters and bricklayers. Later on he earned a daily pittance as an architectural draughtsman. Having to depend entirely on himself, he experienced in his own person from his earliest years what poverty and hunger and privation meant, And so he shared the daily fate of the workers, the “proletariat” in the building trade, and felt where the shoe pinched. Thus it came about that he began to think in terms of social reform during his early years.

He busied himself with the political questions of the day. In this study he was influenced by the personalty of Schoenerer, the leader of the Pan-German Austrians, and Lueger, who was the Vienna Burgermeister and founder of the Christian-Social Party. Hitler conceived a great admiration for these two men. He made an exhaustive study of the teachings of Karl Marx and here came to the important conclusion that one had to know Judaism in order to have the key to an inner and real knowledge of what Social Democracy meant.


Adolf Hitler – A Short Sketch of His Life (1938) reformatted (32 page printable e-book, 1.6 MB)

A scanned version of the original book is available at (below)

Adolf Hitler: A Short Sketch Of His Life

Finally, here is a new short video created by Dennis Wise (The Greatest Story Never Told) for the Fuehrer’s birthday

P.S.  On a personal note, I am still suffering with some back pain issues but it has improved substantially with treatment, which is still ongoing. I plan to resume posting on a more regular basis now, as well as resuming work for TJGS, if all goes well. There is so much more that needs to be done and said, and my passion for telling the truth and exposing the lies remains as strong as ever.

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