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At half past six on the evening of April 20th, 1889, an innocent child was born in the small town of Braunau Am Inn, Austria. The name of the child was Adolf Hitler. He was the son a Customs official Alois Hitler, and his third wife Klara. Initially Alois had taken his mother's name, Schicklgruber, but changed it in 1876 and became Hiedler, or Hitler. 

Quite important - it is hard to imagine tens of thousands of Germans shouting Heil Schicklgruber! instead of Heil Hitler! Adolf Hitler later confided to his only childhood friend, August Kubizek, "that the name Schicklgruber seemed to him so uncouth, so boorish, apart from being so clumsy and unpractical. But 'Hitler' sounded rich and was easy to remember."

From the first day that Hitler seized power, January 30, 1933, he knew that only sudden death awaited him if he failed to restore pride and empire to post Versailles Germany. His adjutant Julius Schaub recorded Hitler's jubilant boast to his staff on that evening, as the last celebrating guests left the Berlin Chancellery building: No power on earth will get me out of this building alive!

12 years and three months later History saw Hitler's prophecy fulfilled, as a handful of remaining Nazis trooped uneasily into his underground study on April 30, 1945, surveyed his still-warm remains slouched on a couch, with blood trickling from the sagging lower jaw, and a gunshot wound in the right temple and sniffed the bitter-almonds smell hanging in the air.

Wrapped in an army blanket, he was carried up to the shell-blasted Chancellery garden. Gasoline was slopped over him in a reeking crater and ignited while his staff hurriedly saluted and backed down into the shelter.



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Adolf Hitler announced at many occasions the "annihilation of the Jews" living in the territory under his control.
In his mind, murdering millions of Jews could only be accomplished under the confusion of war - from the beginning he was planning a war that would engulf Europe. World War 2 caused the greatest loss of life and material destruction of any war in history, killing twenty-five million military personnel and thirty million civilians.

Approximately 11 million people were killed because of Hitler's genocidal policy and his Nazi Regime led to the annihilation of more than six million Jews during the Holocaust.  The Third Reich would survive him for one week - the nightmare he had unleashed was over.