The TV series “10 Things you didn’t know” explores historical subjects, revealing secrets and interesting details about people, places and events not generally known to the public.
Keep in mind, by no means am I an advocate, fan or supporter of Adolf Hitler or his elimination ideals, however that has never prohibited me from my interest in who and why he advanced to the position of dictator.
Hitler was a puny, less than handsome mamma’s boy who feared Jewish blood ran through his veins. He was a high school drop-out, an ineffectual soldier lacking leadership skills and had the reputation of being a coward. He authored Mein Kampf, and of course was the Leader of the Third Reich masterminding the annihilation of six million Jews.
But what I didn’t know was Hitler was a gifted artist rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna because he couldn’t draw people. Virtually homeless and starving on the streets of Vienna, Hitler produced hundreds of paintings, renderings and postcards. He was considered an unsuccessful artist and consequently joined the army birthing his rise to Führer of Nazi Germany.
Numerous Hitler paintings were recovered after World War II and auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars. The U.S. Army seized much of his art which is still being held by the U.S. government.