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Hitler was not sure who his paternal grandfather was but
it was probably either Johann Georg Hiedler or his brother
Johann von Nepomuk Hiedler. There have been rumours that
Hitler was one-quarter Jewish and that his paternal grandmother,
Maria Schicklgruber, had become pregnant after working as
a servant in a Jewish household in Graz.
Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 at Braunau am Inn, Austria, he was the fourth of six children of Alois Hitler (1837–1903),Catholic upbringing was typical for the region, he served as an altar boy and sang in the choir but was not a practicing Catholic as an adult, though in public discourses he continued to frequently claim he was a Christian.
His father Alois was born out of wedlock and used his mother's surname, Schicklgruber, until he was 40. In 1896, he began using the name of his stepfather, Johann Georg Hiedler after visiting a priest responsible for birth registries and declaring that Georg was his father. The spelling was probably changed to "Hitler" by a clerk. Later, Adolf Hitler was accused by his political enemies of not rightfully being a Hitler but a Schicklgruber.
Hitler gained power in a Germany facing crises, using charismatic oratory and propaganda, he appealed to economic need, nationalism and anti-semitism to establish a fascist regime and to persecute minorities with a restructured economy and rearmed military.
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