Facts And Fiction
The story spans Hitler's life from his sixteenth to his thirty-first birthday, and includes references to childhood experiences where necessary to understand his later development. The timeframe covers the period during which Hitler grew from an inconsequential young artist into a political leader.
Academic research has examined the young Hitler from all kinds of different angles. Historians, psychologists, psychiatrists, philosophers, sociologists and other scientists have contributed valuable insights - all parts of the picture, but parts nonetheless. I have taken the various pieces of research and collated them to reveal the picture that emerges from the complexity of connections among the researched facts. All of the major events experienced by the Hitler character in my book, as well as the depiction of the social and political conditions of the time, are based on fact. The individual scenes are solely envisioned in order to animate the facts, which are based on the latest available research. The overall circumstances were preserved and the various sociological, historical and psychological data were compiled, allowing readers to unravel the mystery of Hitler's rise to power. To substantiate the factual information, detailed appendices have been included, complete with researched data and its sources.
Young Hitler is told from the perspective of someone who knew Hitler extremely well: his best friend. This unique viewpoint allows readers to observe the unfolding events and developments in Hitler's life as if present. In reality, the young Hitler had not one best friend, but four: August Kubizeck, who shared a room with him in Vienna; Joseph Neumann, who sold his paintings when Hitler lived in a men's hostel; Rudolf Häusler, with whom he shared a room in Munich; and Ernst Schmidt, his comrade during and after World War One. In this account, the four friends associated with Hitler during this tumultuous period have been consolidated into a single character: Martl. Francisca is a fictional character and the ensuing love story between her and Martl was created as a thread that leads through the story. The attitude that the Hitler character shows towards women (and men) and his opinion of love and sex are based on the accounts of early witnesses.
The young Hitler's dialogue is taken partly from his own writings and speeches. It was also drawn from books he often quoted, with psychological analysis of Hitler's emotional and mental constitution shedding additional light. These conversations illustrate Hitler's mindset and the origins of his ideology. They are also meant to give the reader an insight into the development of his character, a process of particular importance given the personal nature of Hitler's rule.
Any moral judgments relating to Hitler's future crimes were intentionally omitted, as these would only obscure the vision and distort the understanding of the development of the young man the text aims to observe.